Tate Modern

Tate Modern, London: Hours, Address, Tate Modern Reviews: 4/5

10:00 - 18:00
Monday
10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 18:00
Thursday
10:00 - 18:00
Friday
10:00 - 22:00
Saturday
10:00 - 22:00
Sunday
10:00 - 18:00
About
A visit to London isn't complete without a trip to Tate Modern. Tate Modern is Britain's national museum of modern and contemporary art from around the globe, and the world’s most visited contemporary art gallery. Housed in the former Bankside Power Station on the banks of the Thames, the awe-inspiring Turbine Hall is the dramatic setting for new art commissions. The collection is free to visit and you can see great works of art from Louise Bourgeois, Yayoi Kusama, Henri Matisse, Cornelia Parker, Pablo Picasso, and Mark Rothko – to name a few.
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The area
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Neighbourhood: Southwark
Even before the arrival of the instantly iconic Shard, the riverside scene in Southwark had moved well beyond any up-and-coming phase of development. For quite some time, locals and out-of-towners alike have loved browsing the boutiques of Bermondsey High Street, foraging through the bounteous stalls at centuries old foodie haven Borough Market, and flocking to the banks of the Thames to enjoy some of Britain's biggest attractions such as Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe. Despite Southwark's many popular draws, instant calm can be achieved easily by turning down almost any side street. For more urban buzz, a quick stroll across famed bridges like the pedestrianized Millennium Bridge or the ever photogenic Tower Bridge yields access to the very core of Central London. And with London Bridge Station as this neighbourhood's main transportation hub, getting across town (or to anywhere in England for that matter) is a relative breeze.
How to get there
  • Blackfriars • 7 min walk
  • Southwark • 7 min walk
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leuveen
United Kingdom932 contributions
Wonderful experience for art lovers
Oct 2021 • Friends
Tate Modern really is a place to go if you are a fan of contemporary art - full of fantastic artwork, with great building and all facilities you may need. Tends to be quite crowded and you need to book your (free) tickets in advance.
Written 26 October 2021
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Madiha M
2 contributions
Lights
Oct 2021 • Solo
It would be great if Tate Modern management put some light at the top.of middle tower facing down.. it will change the look of the place and attract more people to come by in the night time too..
Written 24 October 2021
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Voyage_Jules1970
Chester, UK118 contributions
Fab place and want to like it but……
Oct 2021 • Family
I’m not sure about this place. Wonderful building and cultural space but each time I go I wonder what on earth I’m doing there and how most of the stuff there can actually be classed as art!

As I was going up the escalator I was expecting great things, especially when I overheard a chap on his way back down telling his friend he was finding it hard to deal with the overload of mental stimulation he’d that that afternoon. Apparently his mind was about to explode! I was excited! Great things ahead I thought……

Maybe it’s just me and I’m just not cultured enough! But how a plant in a measuring jug next to another measuring jug with a peg attached to it is art I’ll never know??? …….also a bucket next to a step ladder with another potted plant on the bottom rung? I’m clearly missing the point here but all I felt like doing was tidying it all up and putting it away. A bunch of tables painted pink and gathered together……Oh and pair of phallic bunny ears on top of an old TV set…….this apparently representing a mad housewife?! Had a good laugh at that one.

But maybe that’s the point? To provoke a reaction of some kind even if it’s incredulous laughter…..Therein perhaps lies a form of art to those unfortunate uncultured masses such as myself.

Of course there is some “real” art there too….notably Rodin at the moment but for the most part I just don’t get it……nice views from the cafe though and good way to kill a few hours if it’s cold or raining.

It is free though so I’ll probably go again next time I’m in London and wonder once more what on earth I’m doing there again and why I’m so uncultured!
Written 24 October 2021
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Annebev
29 contributions
Great for modern art fans
Oct 2021 • Family
Brilliant for modern art fans - and it’s free, lots to see. it’s not an interactive experience so I’m not sure how small children would enjoy it. Worth booking in advance.
Written 23 October 2021
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Lois M
6 contributions
Feels like home
Sep 2021 • Family
One of my favourite places to visit in London. Free entry with great exhibitions. I’ve been going since I was small, and enjoyed it then as much as I do now!
Written 15 October 2021
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Theodoti
Nicosia, Cyprus1,757 contributions
A must for modern art lovers
Oct 2021
Extensive exhibitions of modern art which are easy to navigate and are sure to be admired by modern art lovers.
Written 14 October 2021
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Christine T
London, UK9 contributions
Great afternooon
Oct 2021
Fantastic especially on a rainy day. There are always plenty of fantastic displays and exhibitions to view
Written 9 October 2021
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hosh161
Northampton, UK116 contributions
Amazing!
Oct 2021 • Couples
The Tate modern is a a fantastic attraction! The building itself is something of beauty let alone the amazing art works it contains! There really is modern art for all taste and fantastic collections and exhibitions! It’s amazing to have the ability to view these world famous art works for free!

The gallery has lots of space with a nice flowing path around each level and exhibition. The works are never crowded and always easy to view at your own pace. With numerous cafes and shops there’s plenty to do for all!

There are a few exhibits that are charged (always worth a visit) that do need prior booking tickets at the moment. It’s worth a note that you do need to book online for entry to the Tate at the moment. It’s easy enough to do online and gives you an entry time! We didn’t know this but easily did it outside the venue on our phones and gained entry immediately!
Written 8 October 2021
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George P
Glyfada, Greece90 contributions
If you are indeed a modern art fan, go.
Sep 2021
Pretty modern (ha) building, variety of exhibitions, friendly staff, no entry fee.
If you are not a fan of modern art though, avoid it.
Written 4 October 2021
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Trehwfa38
Sandbach, UK320 contributions
Visit on a rainy Saturday - better than getting a soaking
Oct 2021
Modern art is not my thing however visiting with friends who are interested.
Had a ticket for timed entry but still had to queue for entry.
Quite spacious inside. Well sign-posted and good way marked around exhibits.
Disappointed that viewing gallery at top of building with reported excellent views across London was closed.
Written 4 October 2021
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  • Sun - Thu 10:00 - 18:00
  • Fri - Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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