Admission to the gallery is free
Kent CT9 1HG
Tel: + 44 (0) 1843 233000
Tuesday - Sunday plus bank holidays 10am - 6pm
Christmas and New Year opening times
Closed Monday 23 December
Open Tuesday 24 December (Christmas Eve)
Closed Wednesday 25 December (Christmas Day)
Closed Thursday 26 December (Boxing Day)
Open Friday 27 December
Open Saturday 28 December
Open Sunday 29 December
Open Monday 30 December
Open Tuesday 31 December
Open Wednesday 1 January
We look forward to seeing you.
Kent CT9 1HG
Situated on the North Kent coast, Margate is only a 90 minute drive or train journey from central London.
Our landmark gallery is just over half a mile along the seafront from Margate train station and close to all main bus routes in the town. The gallery is just a short walk from Margate town centre and the Old Town, where there are a number of artists' studios, galleries and lively cafés and restaurants.
Canterbury city is only a half hour drive, or 45 minute bus journey away. We’re also only a few miles from other main attractions in Kent such as Hornby Visitor Centre and Quex Park & Powell-Cotton Museum in Birchington-on-Sea.
Note that there is free parking every Saturday at Mill Lane Car Park, Margate (number 10 on the map).
The gallery only has onsite disabled parking (seven spaces), on the piazza at the front of the gallery. These spaces are signposted. The seafront piazza is for pedestrians and cyclists only and must be kept clear at all times for the RNLI lifeboat in case of emergencies.
There is on-street parking near the gallery (on the Harbour Arm next to the gallery, charges apply), as well as pay and display car parks close by:
- College Square (Morrison's multi storey) CT9 1QA
- Trinity Square CT9 1HR
- High speed trains from London St Pancras and Stratford International run every hour and take just 90 minutes.
- Mainline trains from London Victoria, Cannon Street, Charing Cross and London Bridge, which take a little longer. Victoria offers a frequent service with trains running approximately every half hour.
Special Southeastern £10 Portas Pilot weekend return ticket from London to Margate
Southeastern trains is offering today announced a special £10 return ticket for travel from London to Margate during the winter months (Nov 2012 to Feb 2013 inclusive). The special deal is in support of the Portas Pilot initiative for Margate led by retail and marketing expert, Mary Portas. Buy tickets below >>
Direct buses to Margate from all surrounding towns in East Kent. Visit Kent County Council's Public Transport website to find your most direct bus route. There you can also download a map of Kent and all available bus routes in the county.
Eastonways Island Hoppa Bus E83 route offers a direct service from Margate station to Turner Contemporary and the Old Town. Find out more.
Turner Contemporary is fully accessible for visitors, with a ramp to the main entrance and café, as well as an internal lift to all upper floor galleries.
Seven disabled parking spaces are available on the piazza at the front of the gallery, as signposted.
We have two wheelchairs available for visitors to use.
'This is just a note to thank you on behalf of my fellow NADFAS members for organising for us such a good visit to Turner Contemporary. Your colleagues were all friendly and helpful. And what a splendid gift shop! We were very happy with our visit. Thank you.'
Vanessa Shenton, Visits Secretary Beckenham Decorative and Fine Arts Society
We commissioned artist Stephen Turner to look at JMW Turner’s relationship with Kent.
Stephen has selected 10 images that show the breadth of Turner’s work in Kent and invite readers to travel to a number of locations around the county visited by the artist himself.
Download the tour below and travel through Turner's Kent...
The Independent have written a review of the tour, read it here.