Turner Contemporary

Kent, United Kingdom


  • Rendezvous Margate Kent
  • Kent CT9 1HG
  • United Kingdom

Opening times

Admission to the gallery is free

Opening times:

Monday Closed (open on Bank Holiday Mondays 10am - 7:00pm)
Tuesday 10am - 7:00pm
Wednesday 10am - 7:00pm
Thursday 10am - 7:00pm
Friday 10am - 10:00pm
Saturday 10am - 7:00pm
Sunday 10am - 7:00pm

Easter period:

We are open every Bank Holiday, including:

Good Friday - 22 April
Easter Monday - 25 April
Royal Wedding Holiday - 29 April
Early May Bank Holiday - 2 May
Spring Bank Holiday - 30 May

Travel Information

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.
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 s


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Turner Contemporary is a dynamic visual arts organisation that believes in making art open, relevant and fulfilling for all.

Inspired by JMW Turner's sense of enquiry, we offer a space for everyone to embrace their curiosity and to discover different ways of seeing, thinking and learning.

We do this by offering a stimulating programme of temporary exhibitions, events and learning opportunities. This programme enables intriguing connections to be made between art from 1750 to the present day.

On Saturday 16 April 2011 our landmark new gallery, designed by Stirling Prize Winner David Chipperfield Architects, opened. Admission to the gallery is free. Watch the opening ceremony here.

Situated on Margate's seafront, on the same site where Turner stayed when visiting the town, our gallery is the largest exhibition space in the South East, outside of London.

We are at the forefront of Margate's exciting revival as Kent's new cultural heart.

With the help of our funders, community and supporters, we stimulate change and build a warm, vibrant cultural space for everyone.

"Turner Contemporary's purpose is to stretch the boundaries of current visual arts practice, to make the exhibitions sufficiently varied and to bridge the gap between the historical and contemporary." Victoria Pomery, Director, Turner Contemporary

Exhibiting Artists