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Tate Modern

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Address: Bankside, London SE1 9TG, England
Phone Number: 020 7887 8888
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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International modern and contemporary art.

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The real work of art is the building itself

I'm not going to pretend that I understand modern art. I'm not going to look meaningfully at an instillation of wooden planters with mud in them and scratch my chin whilst... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Mark W
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Gosport, United Kingdom

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Went here in October when there were a few closures for some floors. It meant that only some floors were open at the time. It's a famous sight by the Thames and good for contemporary art. Some weird and wonderful exhibits. Enjoy the view at the top from the cafe. It gets busy, but if you can get a seat... More 

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Gosport, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I'm not going to pretend that I understand modern art. I'm not going to look meaningfully at an instillation of wooden planters with mud in them and scratch my chin whilst mumbling something about the geometric shapes representing a link between mankind and the celestial being in the sky. I looked...and all I saw were some unkempt raised gardens that... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Tate galleries in London are a must for anyone wanting to see some of the finest art works of the late 20th century and many new works as well. Both Galleries, Tate Modern & Tate Britain, stage wonderful exhibitions and these are accessible at reasonable prices. The Tate Gallery is about to get a new extension opened in July... More 

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Windsor and Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A great place to wander around even when it's busy.. The work is laid out to give plenty of space to stand and stare. The atmosphere is quite calm and relaxing. I for one will go back.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I'm not a fan of art, especially modern art. However, I have visited at least three times in the last year, mainly because there is no charge to enter and who doesn't love a bit of free education? Whilst I don't understand many of the pieces myself, I can see how art lovers (and haters) would be stimulated and have... More 

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One of the most visited art galleries in the world. Entry is free, and is a great rainy day alternative. We looked through the free galleries fairly quickly, and were finished in just over an hour. The building is interesting as well, as the Tate Modern is in the old Bankside Power Station.

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Thank NeonVenables
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I have mixed opinions on modern art (most if not all of Tate). I think that there is a very good range of stuff and a great shop although some of it can be fairly expensive.

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Gradignan, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Tate Modern is housed in a former power station, huge. The modern art displayed is quite interesting. From Piet Mondriaan to Picasso everybody is there. To visit the Tate will take at least a day. We were not impressed by the exhibition of Alexander Calder, an artist with wire sculptures, you probably love him or hate him. Looks like... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Really great gallery, new works and new displays always going on. Big favourite, walk along the Thames to get there and enjoy the view. It's also right opposite St Pauls Cathedral. Great for photo opportunities and only 10 min walk between the two. Turbine Hall always has new emerging artists works in it. Definitely one is you love Modern Art... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

although we can appreciate art in all its forms we were left bemused by some of the art works on display, apart from the potato sculptures they were brilliant, they actually looked like potatoes, everything else looked like the scrawlings of a child or a mad man

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Even before the arrival of the instantly iconic Shard, the riverside scene in Southwark had moved well beyond any up-and-coming phase of development. For quite some time, locals and out-of-towners alike have loved browsing the boutiques of Bermondsey High Street, foraging through the bounteous stalls at centuries old foodie haven Borough Market, and flocking to the banks of the Thames to enjoy some of Britain's biggest attractions such as Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe. Despite Southwark's many popular draws, instant calm can be achieved easily by turning down almost any side street. For more urban buzz, a quick stroll across famed bridges like the pedestrianized Millennium Bridge or the ever photogenic Tower Bridge yields access to the very core of Central London. And with London Bridge Station as this neighborhood's main transportation hub, getting across town (or to anywhere in England for that matter) is a relative breeze.
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