Turner Contemporary


Admission to Turner Contemporary is free

Opening times
Tuesday - Sunday plus bank holidays 10am - 6pm 
Open every day over Easter weekend
(We are closed Mondays except bank holidays) 

Please note that there is currently free parking every Saturday in Mill Lane Car Park, Margate (number 10 on the map above).

Turner Contemporary
Kent CT9 1HG

Tel: + 44 (0) 1843 233000
Email: info@turnercontemporary.org

Turner Contemporary is fully accessible for visitors
There is 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. 

Our cafe offers modern seasonal cuisine with views overlooking Margate harbour.

Cafe opening times:
Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 4.30pm
Make a booking on 01843 220253
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Find a wide range of gifts, accessories, books and exhibition mementoes in our shop. 
Open Tuesday to Sunday and bank holidays 10am - 6pm.

"I never imagined that my family and grandchildren would have the opportunity to walk into a local gallery to view world-class art. Now they do."  Local resident
"It’s a joy to have Turner Contemporary on our doorstep." Margate resident

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How to find us / getting here

Turner Contemporary
Kent CT9 1HG

Tel: + 44 (0)1843 233 000
Fax: + 44 (0)1843 233 029
Email: info@turnercontemporary.org

Situated on the North Kent coast, Margate is only a 90 minute drive or train journey from central London.

The 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.

By car
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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

For a map of parking in Margate, please click here.

By Train

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 spring offer: 25% off train travel to Margate Book now> 

By Bus

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.


For school visits click here

Please fill in and return the group booking form available to download at the bottom of this page to visit@turnercontemporary.org prior to your planned visit.

Our friendly team of Navigators have been trained to lead group tours of the exhibition, inspired by your questions. 60 minute sessions £2.50 per head (minimum of 8 per group). Please book at least two weeks in advance.

Coach parties

There is a drop off and turning point for coaches in front of the gallery. There is a nearby coach park in Cliftonville, along the seafront from Turner Contemporary, and also at Dreamland.

To request information about group visits or to book a visit, please email us at visit@turnercontemporary.org or call 01843 233000.

You may also like to combine your trip to Turner Contemporary with a visit to nearby attractionsHornby Visitor Centre and Quex Park & Powell-Cotton Museum, for a full day itinerary.

For any further information about the area, accommodation and a complete events listing for Thanet, please visit the Visitor Information Centre at Droit House (next door to Turner Contemporary on Margate Harbour Arm) or go to www.visitthanet.co.uk.

'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