Please note that the gallery is currently closed for maintenance. We reopen to the public on Saturday 14th September 2019. During this time we will be getting ready for Turner Prize 2019 and the first floor galleries will be closed. There will be less to see than usual. Check our what’s on before planning your visit.
Turner Contemporary is located in Margate, on the north Kent coast.
Margate is a 90 minute train journey from Central 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 in the vicinity of 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Turner Contemporary is fully accessible for visitors and we aim to be as welcoming and inclusive as possible.
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 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.
A stone’s throw from the beach and with workshops every weekend and school holiday, 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.
One of the most beautiful, naturally lit galleries in Britain