Tate Britain is the national gallery of British art. Located in London, it is one of the family of four Tate galleries which display selections from the Tate Collection.
Tate Britain is the world centre for the understanding and enjoyment of British art and works actively to promote interest in British art internationally. The displays at Tate Britain call on the greatest collection of British art in the world to present an unrivalled picture of the development of art in Britain from the time of the Tudor monarchs in the sixteenth century, to the present day.
The Collection comprises the national collection of British art from the year 1500 to the present day, and international modern art. Some of the highlights of the Tate collection of British art include rich holdings of portraiture from the age of Queen Elizabeth I; of the work of William Hogarth, sometimes called the father of English painting; of the eighteenth-century portraitists Gainsborough and Reynolds; of the animal painter George Stubbs; of the artists of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood who revolutionised British art in the nineteenth century; and in the twentieth century of the work of Stanley Spencer, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Francis Bacon and the Young British Artists (YBAs) of the 1990s. The very latest contemporary art is presented through the Art Now programme and the annual Turner Prize exhibition.
Opening times: . Last admission to exhibitions 5.15pm. Open until 10pm on the first Friday of each month for Late at Tate Britain. Closed 24, 25, 26 December (open as normal on 1 January). Open as normal on Bank Holidays.
Location: Millbank, Chelsea, London SW1P 4RG
Entry cost: £0
Visit by boat: Tate Boat runs every forty minutes along the Thames between Tate Britain and Tate Modern.
Visit by underground: The nearest underground stations to Tate Britain are: Pimlico (Victoria Line, 600 metres approx.), Westminster (Jubilee, District and Circle Lines, 750 metres approx.), Vauxhall (Victoria Line, 850 metres approx.)
Visit by bus: The following buses stop near Tate Britain:
Route 87 stops on Millbank
Routes 88 and C10 stop on John Islip Street
Routes 2, 36, 185, 436 stop on Vauxhall Bridge Road
Visit by train: The nearest mainline train stations to Tate Britain are: Vauxhall (850 metres approx.) Victoria (1,600 metres approx.)
Visit by bike: There are bike racks at the Millbank and Atterbury Street entrances to Tate Britain.