The original Tate gallery is less attention-grabbing than its sister Tate Modern, but its remit is easier to understand. This is the ‘home of British art from 1500 to today’ and indeed its historical archive cannot be argued with. Probably the greatest draw here is the sheer number of classic British paintings on offer – from Gainsborough and Reynolds, through to Constable and Turner. The Turner collection is the largest in the world and you’ll find an amazing array of his landscapes dotted around the Clore Gallery. The modern isn’t completely absent either: Stanley Spencer, Lucien Freud and Francis Bacon are all present and correct. Hop on the fun Tate-to-Tate boat which ferries passengers towards Tate Modern every 40 minutes.
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Entry Charges: Admission Free: Charge For Special Exhibitions