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Admission to Turner Contemporary is free

Opening times:

Tuesday - Sunday and public holidays 10am - 5pm

Cafe opening times:

Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 4.30pm

Christmas and New Year Closures

Christmas Closure

Turner Contemporary will be closed on Christmas Eve (Monday 24th December), Christmas Day (Tuesday 25th December) and Boxing Day (Wednesday 26th December).

The gallery will be open as normal on Thursday 27th - Sunday 30th December.

New Years Closure

Turner Contemporary will be closed on New Years Eve (Monday 31st December).

The gallery will be open as normal on New Years Day (Tuesday 1st January 2019).


Turner Contemporary
Kent CT9 1HG
Tel: + 44 (0) 1843 233000

About Turner Contemporary

"Still riding high on the opening of Turner Contemporary in 2011, Margate has gentrified without losing its personality."
Lonely Planet

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"One of the most beautiful, naturally lit galleries in Britain" 
Evening Standard

"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."

"I've been several times since the gallery opened and have never been disappointed. Architecturally, I think the building is a great success, borrowing the sea views that Turner drew inspiration from. It's large enough to hold interesting exhibitions but small enough that you can do a whole exhibition in one visit. I've had great conversations with friends following each visit - art is supposed to stimulate the senses and the mind and Turner Contemporary's exhibitions certainly do that. Remarkably it's free. A fabulous addition to Margate. And well worth a day trip from London - or anywhere else for that matter." 

"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
"Turner Contemporary is beautiful. The entrance hall, shop and café are illuminated by vast windows which look out over the sea. It is flooded with light." Editor, Sunday Express
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