Tate Britain is a part of the Tate gallery network in Britain, along with Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives. It is housed in the Tate’s original premises on Millbank, and was renamed “Tate Britain”, when “Tate Modern” opened in 2000.
It is now dedicated to the display of historical and contemporary British art. It includes the Clore Gallery 1986 designed by James Stirling which houses work by J.M.W. Turner.
The front entrance is accessible by steps. A more recent side entrance at a lower level also has a ramp for wheelchair access. The gallery provides a restaurant and a cafe, as well as a Friends room, open only to members of the Tate. This membership is open to the public on payment of an annual subscription. As well as administration offices the building complex houses the Tate Gallery’s Library and Archives and the Director’s Office. The restaurant features a mural by Rex Whistler.
Tate Britain is attempting to reach out to a different and younger audience with Late at Tate Britain on the first Friday of every month, with half-price admission to special exhibitions, live music and performance art.
Tate Britain and Tate Modern are now connected by a high speed boat along the River Thames. This is decorated with spots, based on paintings of a similar theme by Damien Hirst.