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When to visit the Tate Modern

Off to the Tate Modern? See our insider advice for a queue-free visit as well as opening times and phone numbers!

Peak Hours at the Tate Modern

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Estimated wait until 15:00
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Our tips

Choosing when to visit

Entrance to the Tate Modern is free, except for special exhibitions. Last entry is at 17.15 from Sunday to Thursday and at 21.15 on Friday & Saturday.

The Galleries are quietest at the opening time, try to plan your visit for the morning. Tate Modern then starts to be crowded at lunch time. Friday, Saturday & Sunday are the busiest days.

Many tourists and families visit over half-terms and holidays. During these periods you may want to go on Friday or Saturday evenings after 18.00 to avoid family groups (extended closing time till 22.00).

Weekends are busier than weekdays. Wednesday is the quietest day while Saturday is the busiest.

Some exhibitions may attract lots of visitors, don’t plan your visit for the opening and closing two weeks of an exhibition in order to avoid crowds. Prefer to visit it mid-exhibit or at least on a weekday.

You can buy tickets to special (paid) events and exhibitions here

Take a free guided tour

There are free 45-minutes guided tours held every day, you can join them without booking:

  • 11.00: Poetry and Dream (Level 2)

  • 12.00: Transformed Visions (Level 3)

  • 14.00: Structure and Clarity (Level 4)

  • 15.00: Energy and Process (Level 4)

Coffee break

There’s an espresso bar on level 3 with two riverside balconies, the view is amazing!

You can book a table online here

Tate Modern Photo credits to S Pakhrin via Flickr.

Calling the Tate Modern

When calling the Tate Modern on the number below choose:

  • (option 1) for ticketing & membership services (09.45–18.00 daily)

  • (option 2) for general enquiries and visitor feedback. (09.00–18.00 daily)

  • (option 3) for school visits (09.45–18.00 Monday to Friday)

  • (option 4) for eating & drinking

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Address

Tate Modern

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Bankside
London SE1 9TG

By tube:

  • Southwark (600 m.)

  • Blackfriars (800 m.)

  • St Pauls (1,100 m.)

By bus:

  • lines 45, 63 and 100 (Blackfriars Bridge Road stop)

  • lines RV1 and 381 (Southwark Street stop)

  • lines 344 (Southwark Bridge Road stop)

By mainline train:

  • Blackfriars (800 metres approx.)

  • London Bridge (1,100 metres approx.)

By boat:

If you plan to visit both London Tate galleries, the Tate Boat runs every forty minutes along the Thames between Tate Britain and Tate Modern. Other river services run between Millbank and Bankside piers.

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Tate Modern

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