Turner Contemporary Turner Contemporary

Turner Contemporary

Rendezvous, Margate, CT9 1HG, United Kingdom | 01843 233000 | Website

Venue Description

Our landmark gallery is the largest exhibition space in the South East outside of London. Designed by the multi award-winning David Chipperfield Architects, the gallery sits on Margate seafront, on the same site where JMW Turner stayed when visiting the town in the 19th Century. From here, the building offers sensational views over the North Kent Coast, captures the dramatic light effects and gives you a unique opportunity to engage with and explore world-class art. Through our rolling programme of temporary exhibitions, events and learning opportunities, we make intriguing links between historical and contemporary art, presenting art in new, dynamic ways. Admission to the gallery is free.


Turner Contemporary is fully accessible for visitors - There is a ramp to the main entrance and café, as well as an internal lift to all upper floor galleries. - Seven disabled parking spaces are available on the piazza at the front of the gallery, as signposted. - We have two wheelchairs available for visitors to use. Free audio descriptive tours An audio tour for visually impaired visitors is available on request. Please call 01843 233000 to book prior to visiting. Free Multi-sensory objects for exhibitions Explore the exhibition with our objects, just ask staff. What's on leaflet audio description This season's leaflet is available as an audio file on our what's on page (to the right of the screen) Main Entrance & Sunley Gallery From the harbour there are a set of steps before accessing the reception, however a disabled access ramp is located to the side of the steps. Please look for appropriate signage indicating the ramp. • The main entrance door is a double automatic door, with plenty of space for access. • The reception area and main entrance are completely step free and fully accessible. • Hearing loop facilities are available on the main desk these are clearly indicated, please speak to a member of staff for assistance. • Benches are available around the Sunley Gallery to allow our visitors to rest and contemplate installations in the space. • The space is well lit with exceptional natural light, skylights and spot lights. • There is a lowered section of the welcome desk. • Two wheelchairs are available for visitor use. Shop The shop is located in the main entrance area, just to the side of the Sunley Gallery. • The floor is level throughout. • There is a low section of the counter. • Some merchandise is located high on shelves, please ask staff for assistance if required. • Staff ensure enough space is present between merchandising stands to allow the shop to be fully accessible. If there are any issues, all merchandise stands are on wheels and can be moved, please speak to staff if assistance is required. Café • All allergy information is available from the café staff. Please inform the café before ordering if you have any specific dietary needs. • Café staff are happy to rearrange tables and chairs for individual needs. • Large print menus are available on request. • Unisex accessible toilets are located within the café. • The counter is mid-level but all menus are displayed clearly and are visible from a seated position. • The main door entrance to the café is step free and is 4ft1” wide and 9ft6” high. Exhibitions • Free exhibition tours run every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 11.30am. • Access to the upstairs spaces can be gained by a very large lift, with a maximum capacity of 7500KG • Due to the nature of contemporary art, sometimes work is included that could be distressing or inappropriate for some audiences please call 01843 233000 in order to discuss your individual needs. • Large print versions of all wall text is available. • Audio versions of the exhibition guide is available on our website turnercontemporary.org • Entrance doors to all gallery spaces are step free and are 8ft3” wide and 9ft6” high • There are two artistic spaces and our private hire rooms on the ground floor, access is step free. • In some exhibitions video booths are installed, every effort is made to ensure these are fully accessible, inside the booths, there may be strobe effects, loud noises or darkness, please call 01843233000 or email info@turnercontemporary.org if you have any concerns • Upstairs, we have four artistic spaces, Clore Learning Studio and the North, South and West Galleries. These are accessible by a large lift. Once on the first floor the gallery is completely step free. • We host a variety of exhibitions, some including interactive art which may have accessibility or other sensory issues. If you have any concerns about our current exhibition please call 01843233000 or email info@turnercontemporary.org. Additional Information • All of our staff receive regular training which includes extensive disability awareness training • We have strict evacuation procedures and in the event of an evacuation a member of staff can assist you either to leave the building or to a refuge point. • Assistance dogs are welcome at the Turner Contemporary. • For accommodation, The Sands hotel, located a 5 minute walk from the gallery along the sea front is completely accessible and has wheelchair friendly accommodation available.

Accessibility Guide

Accessibility Guide Link: https://www.turnercontemporary.org/visit/accessibility


• There are separate accessible toilets and baby change facilities as well as male and female lavatory facilities on site. • The accessible toilets are located off of the Foyle Room Corridor, please ask staff for directions. • The door to enter the accessible toilet is 3ft1” wide and 9ft6” high. • As you look at the toilet, mounted hand rails are the left of the toilet. • Taps are automatic. • No key is required to enter the accessible toilet.


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Assistance dog facilities

Assistance dog exercise facilities

Turner Contemporary is on the Margate seafront, and dogs are welcome on the beach itself between 1 October and 31 April.

The venue says it has...

  • Audio Described
  • Accessible Format
  • Audio Format
  • Disabled Access
  • Induction Loop
  • Large Print
  • Disabled Parking
  • Access Statement

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