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Plan Your Visit

Enjoy an exciting day of art and creativity, browse unique products in our shop or drop into our cafe.

Turner Contemporary is in Margate, on the north Kent coast at Rendezvous, CT9 1HG. Get directions.

Margate is a 90 minute train journey from London.

Exhibitions at Turner Contemporary are free. Please consider supporting our work by making a donation when you visit. Your support helps us to realise our vision to make world-class art accessible to all.

Turner Contemporary overlooks the sea and is close to many beautiful beaches. We ask that our visitors work with us to take care of the inspirational environment that surrounds the gallery. Please put your litter in the bins provided, and participate in the #2minutebeachclean.

Please do not bring food, drink or pets, except guide dogs, into the building.

Opening Times

Please note we are temporarily closed until further notice in response to the COVID-19 situation. 

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Turner Contemporary will be closed for capital works from Monday 7 September 2020 and will not re-open before the end of January 2021.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): A Message from Turner Contemporary

Following careful consideration of the COVID-19 situation, it is with sadness that Turner Contemporary will be closed to the public from Wednesday 18 March 2020 until further notice. We will be reviewing the situation and will keep you updated. We have not taken this decision lightly, but the welfare of our visitors and staff is our top priority.

Many of our staff will continue to work remotely. For general enquiries please email

If you have booked a ticket to an event organised by Turner Contemporary, we will be in touch soon or please also contact us on

Please see to learn more about how to keep yourself, your friends and family safe in these difficult times.

Find out more about our closure and plans here.

Whether you are here for the whole day, or only have an hour to spare, here is what you can do to make the most of your visit. 

Here for 30 minutes?

Enjoy the views from the window in our Sunley Gallery and see the skies that JMW Turner famously hailed “the loveliest in all Europe”. We regularly commission and display artworks in this space. See what artworks might be on show during your trip by checking our What’s On. Drop in for something to eat or drink in our Café.

Image of the Sunley Gallery featinging Edmund De Waal's 'Atmosphere'.

Here for an hour or more?

Explore our latest exhibition. If you arrive at 11.30am, you can join a free daily highlight tour, which gives you an insight into the artworks on display. On Sundays, there are workshops for families created by our learning team in collaboration with artists. Browse our shop and find the perfect gift or souvenir.

Preview night of Turner Contemporary's Seeing Round Corners exhibition. Main gallery is filled with lots of visitors exploring the exhibition on opening night.

Image Credit: Jason Pay

Here all day?

Make the most of your visit by exploring all of the exhibitions and artworks we have on display, which you can find by checking our What’s On and filtering to the dates you want.

Enjoy a delicious meal in our café, made from locally sourced produce. Discover local makers and unique products in our shop. Beyond the building, don’t miss Antony Gormley’s Another Time, and Tracey Emin’s ‘I Never Stopped Loving You’ neon, located on Droit House.

We are just a short distance from Margate Old Town where there are a number of boutique shops, artists’ studios, galleries, cafés and restaurants. You can find out more about exploring Margate and the neighbouring resorts of Broadstairs and Ramsgate here.

Another Time by Antony Gormley, Thierry Bal

I have spent the most extraordinary afternoon at the gallery. Such helpful, informative, warm and enthusiastic staff. This is something I’ve never experienced before – London or NY or anywhere else. Thank you.

Visitor to Turner Contemporary

Image Credit: Benjamin Beker

Turner Contemporary. Photography by Benjamin Beker


Turner Contemporary is fully accessible for visitors and we aim to be as welcoming and inclusive as possible. Visit our accessibility page for more information.

All of our staff receive extensive disability awareness training. We collaborate with an access group so that we can better understand the needs of our visitors.

If you would like help planning your visit please get in touch.

Schools and Colleges

We welcome hundreds of schools and colleges to the gallery every year and have a variety of resources, tours and workshops available to make for an inspiring visit.

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Tracey Emin My Bed JMW Turner at Turner Contemporary. Photography Manu Palomeque (45)

Group Visits

If you would like to visit Turner Contemporary as a group then please fill out a booking form in order for us to make sure we can create the best experience for you and our regular visitors.

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A stone’s throw from the beach and with workshops every weekend, Turner Contemporary is a place for families to discover and create together. Our resource trolley is packed full of interesting objects to help explore the gallery and our reading area has a range of children’s books connected to the current exhibition.


Learning Photography by Benedict Johnson (4)

One of the most beautiful, naturally lit galleries in Britain

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