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Tate Modern London
Bankside
London SE1 9TG
TfL Fare Zone1
 
 
 
The Tate Modern art gallery is on the south bank of the River Thames in the former Bankside Power Station and is next to the Globe Theatre. It displays Britain’s collection of International and some British modern art which has been defined as dating from 1900.
 
The minute you start walking down the wide ramp into the gigantic Turbine Hall, now the Main Entrance into the building, you know you are in for something very special. The entrance hall is where audio guides can be accessed, and tickets purchased for special exhibitions. Entry to the general collection is free. The gallery also has entrances on either side of the chimney from the footbridge.
 
The galleries run the full length of the building and have magnificent views of the Thames, the Millennium Footbridge and St Paul's Cathedral. The building itself was designed by architect Sir George Gilbert Scott in 1947. Scott also designed such masterpieces as Liverpool Cathedral, Waterloo Bridge and the British red telephone box!
 
Opened in 2000 the Tate Modern has collections covering all the major movements in modern and contemporary art. The audio guides are excellent and manage to explain modern art to those of us who have never understood it. The Gallery website has a great online tour to get a feel of what the collections cover.
 
Plan Your Visit
Opening Hours & Admission
Open all year, except for 24, 25 & 26 December.
Sunday - Thursday   10:00 – 18:00
Friday and Saturday 10:00 – 22:00
Last admission is three-quarters of an hour before closing.
 
There is a lot to see so it is impossible to say how long an average visit would be.
Admission is free except for Special Exhibitions
 
Disabled Access
All facilities are available. Use the ramps and lifts.
 
Contact & Information
Telephone  +44 (0)2078 878 888
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Getting There
To find the best way for getting to the Tate Modern, visit TfL Journey Planner, link above.
 
- By Underground
Blackfriars Station     District and Circle Lines
Exit on to Blackfriars Bridge to cross the river. Ten minutes walk.
 
Southwark Station    Jubilee Line
Exit on to Blackfriars Bridge and turn left towards the river. Ten minutes walk.
 
- By Bus
Routes 45, 63 and 100 stop on Blackfriars Bridge Road
Routes RV1 and 381 stop on Southwark Street
Route 344 stops on Southwark Bridge Road
 
- By Ferry
River services run between Millbank Pier and Bankside Pier. Web:  River Services
 
- By Tate Boat
The ‘Tate Boat’ runs every forty minutes along the Thames between Tate Modern, the London Eye and Tate Britain (Millbank Pier outside Tate Britain)
 
For Tate Boat tickets and timetable:  
Tel:    +44 (0)2078 878 888 (9.45-17.50, Monday-Friday) or
 
Or from Tate Britain or Tate Modern. Tickets can be purchased on the boat subject to availability. Advance tickets are valid for use all day.
 
Refer Tate Boat website above for Disability Boat Access. 
 
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