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Tate Britain Tours

Tate Britain
Tate Britain is an art gallery in Pimlico, London. It contains the largest collection of British art in the world and is one of four Tate museums across the UK. Visitors come to see priceless works by painters from the last 500 years, including JMW Turner, Lucian Freud, and David Hockney.

The Basics
Entirely devoted to British works of art, the collections here cover an extremely wide range, from modern sculptures by Barbara Hepworth to prints and paintings by the 18th-century satirist William Hogarth. For any visitor to London who wants to learn more about the cultural heritage of the UK, it’s a must-visit spot. The museum also hosts the annual, and sometimes controversial Turner Prize, which celebrates contemporary British artists.
 
The gallery building is also worthy of note. It was purpose-built by industrialist Henry Tate to house his own art collection, which included many important Pre-Raphaelite works after he tried to donate them to the National Gallery and was turned down. The museum opened at Millbank along the River Thames in 1897. Many visitors opt for a guided tour to learn more about the different paintings.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Entry to Tate Britain is free; special exhibitions require a separate (paid) ticket.
  • Special tours of the museum can be booked ahead of time.
  • The museum is wheelchair accessible.
  • You’ll find a cafe, restaurant, and museum store on-site.
 
How to Get There
Tate Britain is located at Millbank, in Pimlico, London. The closest tube (subway) stations are Victoria Line’s Pimlico and Vauxhall. Overground trains also run to Vauxhall. Bus no. 87 stops at Millbank. A shuttle boat service runs every 40 minutes between Tate Britain and Tate Modern on the South Bank in Central London.
 
When to Get There
Tate Britain is open daily from 10am–6pm. Weekends are especially busy so plan to visit during the week for a quieter experience.
 
Visit Tate Modern, Too
While Tate Britain is dedicated to British art, its sister museum across town on London’s South Bank features contemporary works from artists across the world. Its huge central space, Turbine Hall, offers a revolving display of thought-provoking installations, and the museum has mounted special exhibitions of artists from American artist Edward Hopper to French post-impressionist Henri Matisse.
Address: Millbank, London SW1P 4RG, England
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Specialist Art Dealer tour of Tate BritainHalf-day Tours

Specialist Art Dealer tour of Tate Britain

Feel intimidated going around a gallery or museum on your own? Want to know more about British modern and contemporary art but don't know where to start? Now with my own London art gallery collection, I have over 20 years been sharing my knowledge and enthusiasm for art though tours. In fact I have sold works to the Tate Collection so have a unique 'insider' understanding of the museum. Also, I have a degree in Art History, a Masters in Museology and for the last thirteen years have run The Noble Sage Art Collection in London specializing in South Asian contemporary art. I pride myself on creating accessible, informative, fun tours that everyone can enjoy regardless of your knowledge. I guarantee that you will leave with a refreshed and wider understanding of art and indeed how to look and enjoy art -however baffling it may seem! Basically, art courses in my veins and communicating it to people is my passion. You'll see for yourself!
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Private Guided Tour of Tate BritainHalf-day Tours

Private Guided Tour of Tate Britain

We provide bespoke, friendly and informative guided visits to suit all clients, ensuring that your tour will be as entertaining as it is informative. We enjoy sharing our experience of the collections and our knowledge of the works of art, bringing to life the history and the highlights of the gallery, making your visit very special and memorable. Because the tour will be your private party, you will be free to ask any questions and make requests regarding the direction of the tour.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Tate to Tate - Private Art TourDay Cruises

Tate to Tate - Private Art Tour

Explore the extensive art collections of Tate Britain and Tate Modern with professional Fine Artist Lou Smith. Lou exhibits her work both nationally and internationally. Enjoy a free river boat journey between the two venues and absorb the architectural delights of history and tradition contrasted against modern Britain. - Entry to both Tate galleries and all Special Exhibitions included free - Complimentary entry to members rooms at both Tate's - Examine works of art anew through the eyes of artist Lou Smith - Boat ride included in the price. - Bespoke private tour – your choices – your timing. Tate Britain houses a collection of British art from the 1540’s to the present along with major special exhibitions. The boat takes you past river landmarks like Westminster and London Eye. Tate Modern houses International modern art and is one of the most visited Galleries in Europe.
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South Tour of London by the traditional Electric Black Taxi (Electocab Ltd)Bus Tours

South Tour of London by the traditional Electric Black Taxi (Electocab Ltd)

CHOOSING THE SOUTH TOUR WILL PROVIDE A CAPTIVATING EXPERIENCE. ONCE WE LEAVE THE HUB YOU ARE INSTANTLY TRAVELING THROUGH WHITEHALL WHERE YOU GET TO SEE THE QUEEN’S GUARD, 10 DOWNING STREET AND MUCH MORE BEFORE THE STUNNING BIG BEN, HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT AND WESTMINSTER ABBEY APPEAR ON THE HORIZON. YOU WILL GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO DELVE INTO SOUTHBANK WHERE YOU GET FAMILIAR WITH ROYAL NATIONAL THEATRE, TATE MODERN, SHAKESPEARE GLOBE, THE FAMOUS BOROUGH MARKET AND OF COURSE THE SHARD BEFORE DRIVING OVER TOWER BRIDGE AND THROUGH UPPER THAMES STREET WHERE YOU WITNESS THE BEAUTIFUL VIEW OF THE RIVER THAMES AND THE SOUTHBANK. FINALLY, WE WILL REACH TRAFALGAR SQUARE THROUGH NORTHUMBERLAND AVENUE. FURTHERMORE, BY TAKING SOUTH TOUR, YOU WILL OBSERVE SITES SUCH AS TATE BRITAIN, LAMBETH PALACE, MI5 BUILDINGS AND MUCH MORE.
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London Museum HighlightsPrivate and Luxury

London Museum Highlights

Get the most out of your experience in London's world-class museums by booking a private guide to lead you through. You and your private party will enjoy personalized attention and the ability to focus on the types of art that interest you. Since your guide has a degree in art history, you'll be treated to educated commentary on all the art and artifacts.
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Tate Britain Art Gallery London Private TourPrivate and Luxury

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Tate Britain Art Gallery London Private Tour

From the 15th century to contemporary works, the Tate Britain is the world's leading museum of British Art! Your enthusiastic and engaging private guide is for your group only. They will answer all your questions and bring the fascinating history of British Art to life! Explore the beautiful galleries of the Tate Britain on the banks of the River Thames. Hear the stories behind the masterpieces, learn how they were made, and discover the history of Britain itself through it's major artworks. Whether you are an art expert or a novice, we tailor our tours to you! Works to be seen (if not on loan) include pieces by William Hogarth, Sir Joshua Reynolds, JMW Turner, John Constable, Sir Jon Everett Millais, Dante, Gabriel Rossetti, John Singer Sargent, Walter Sickert, Ben Nicholson, Francis Bacon, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, David Hockney, and more!
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Private Tate Modern and Tate Britain Visit with Art CriticCultural Tours

Private Tate Modern and Tate Britain Visit with Art Critic

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There’s no better way to admire the masterpieces of the Tate Modern and Tate Britain than alongside an acclaimed art critic. Perfect for lovers of classic and contemporary art, this private 3-hour tour showcases the gems of the museum’s permanent collections. Travel between the galleries via the Thames River and enrich your knowledge of art while receiving the undivided attention of an art critic guide. A pre-experience questionnaire allows your guide to tailor the tour according to your artistic interests.
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Private Tour : 3 Amazing London Art Galleries 1 tour 1 guideHalf-day Tours

Private Tour : 3 Amazing London Art Galleries 1 tour 1 guide

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Hear the stories behind historic works of art and learn more about the modern masters from your private guide on this tour of three incredible London art galleries. Explore works by da Vinci, Rembrandt and Van Gogh at the National Gallery; see impressive paintings of significant historical figures at the National Portrait Gallery; walk the vast Turbine Hall at Tate Modern. With your guide by your side, you don’t need to rely on gallery audio guides – just ask your guide all your questions!
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  • 5 hours
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