Candy floss skies over the Turner Contemporary gallery and the Margate Visitor Centre
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Turner Contemporary

England > Margate


The internationally renowned Turner Contemporary is a sleek modern construction on Margate's harbour that was built in 2011 as part of the town's regeneration project. It was designed by architect Sir David Chipperfield, opened up by Margate native Tracey Emin, and named for J.M.W. Turner, the famous landscape artist who called Margate home for much of his life. In fact, the building was constructed on the very spot where Turner once resided, describing Margate's skies as "the loveliest in all Europe."

With its vantage point overlooking Margate Harbour Arm, the Turner is one of the most distinctive landmarks in Margate (along with the iconic Dreamland theme park). Step inside to see imaginative paintings, sculptures and concepts from artists across the globe. There's also a lovely cafe on the ground floor serving up seasonal cuisine including vegetarian and vegan options.

While you're in the Turner, take a moment to look out the window from the top floor. If the tide is low, you'll be able to see what appears to be a man standing in the ocean, looking out to the horizon. In fact, this human-like figure is actually a cast-iron sculpture by Antony Gormley called ANOTHER TIME. The statue is expected to stay in the harbour until November 2018.

Margate art scene

Since the Turner Contemporary's opening, it has welcomed more than 1.5 million visitors and helped to put Margate back on the map as a culturally relevant destination. If you're an art enthusiast, though, there are plenty of other places to see in Margate apart from the Turner. Wander around the quaint streets of Old Town and check out Lovelys Gallery, Lombard Street Gallery and Viking Gallery. You'd be surprised just how bustling the art scene really is in this small town.

Opening Times

Throughout the Year

  • Sunday: 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
  • Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Price Information

Free entry to Turner Contemporary

  • General Free




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