Exploring Tate Britain

When you really think about it London’s museums and art galleries offer something for almost everyone, not just culture vultures and art buffs. If you have a vague interest in history or architecture, enjoy (or need) a quiet space to switch off from the world and ponder, seek brightness and warmth in the winter months or a cheap afternoon activity, you’ll find an answer in one of the many museums and galleries across the city.

One sunny afternoon before the madness of another working year began I decided to explore Tate Britain. I’d been only once before for an exhibition, when most of the building was still closed for restoration. I discovered back in November last year that the restoration project was complete and open for nosing around, so I thought it would be a good way to fill a chilly afternoon.

Making the most of the weather I took a long walk along the river to get there, passing by its sibling Tate Modern.


The two buildings couldn’t be more different.


If you’ve read past posts on museums and art galleries you’ll probably know that I’m no expert in art. My decision to spend an afternoon there depends on my frame of mind, sometimes I like to read and contemplate, most often I just like to explore and admire. Despite housing 500 years of art, the later was how my afternoon was spent at Tate Britain. You can’t deny that this is a pretty stunning entrance worth gazing up at.


And then gaze out across when you climb up the stairs. (video link here)

 The grand hall encourages you to slow down your step and relax into your surroundings.


The galleries which encircle provide paintings of the past to admire:


And more contemporary sculptures to consider. I can’t explain why but this was my favourite.


And this looked like something you could spend some time trying to dissect meaning from.


Next time perhaps I should go with my thinking cap on 🙂

Have you been to Tate Britain? What do you like most about exploring the city’s museums and art galleries?

1 Comment

  1. February 7, 2014 / 10:47 pm

    Thanks for reminding me to visit this wonderful gallery again –
    it’s been too long!
    I share your love of our wonderful city, and am enjoying your blog.
    Emma. 🙂