How to get here

Turner Contemporary
Kent CT9 1HG

Call us: + 44 (0)1843 233 000
Email us: [email protected]

Situated on the North Kent coast, Margate is only a 90 minute drive or train journey (124km) from central London. Canterbury city is only 26km away (a half hour drive or 45 minute bus journey).

By public transport

Within the UK to Margate:
Plan your route from home to Turner Contemporary using Traveline Public Transport Information or call + 44 (0) 871 200 22 33

Within Margate:
The gallery is approximately 1km along the seafront from Margate train station and close to all main bus routes in the town. The gallery is just a short walk from Margate town centre and the Old Town, where there are a number of artists' studios, galleries and lively cafés and restaurants. 

By car

Directions to Turner Contemporary

Plan your journey using AA's route finder or RAC route planner 

Excellent road links with the M20 and M2 motorways close-by provide easy links from London.

If you're travelling from the continent you can drive straight onto the Eurotunnel train at Calais and in just 35 minutes you'll arrive in Folkestone. From Folkestone it is approximately a 1 hour drive (45km) to Margate on the A20 and A256.

The gallery only has onsite disabled parking (seven spaces) on the piazza at the front of the gallery. These spaces are signposted. The seafront piazza is for pedestrians and cyclists only and must be kept clear at all times for the RNLI lifeboat in case of emergencies.

There is on-street parking near the gallery (on the Harbour Arm next to the gallery, charges apply), as well as pay and display car parks close by:

- College Square (Morrison's multi storey) CT9 1QA

- Trinity Square CT9 1HR

- Free parking every Saturday at Mill Lane Car Park, Margate (number 10 on the map).

Parking in Margate map with prices >

By Rail
High speed trains from London St Pancras and Stratford International run every hour and take just 90 minutes.

Mainline trains from London VictoriaCannon StreetCharing Cross and London Bridge, which take a little longer. Victoria offers a frequent service with trains running approximately every half hour.

National Rail enquiries

+44 (0) 8457 484 950
Textphone +44 (0) 845 6050 600

Southeastern Trains
+ 44 (0) 845 000 2222

Southeastern weekender
Southeastern 20%

The Eurostar passenger terminal in Ashford can connect with trains to Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate (journey time approximately 20 to 40 minutes). Eurostar international service runs to Ashford and London from Brussels, Lille and Paris.
+44 (0) 8705 186 186

+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
+33 (0) 810 63 03 04

By Bus
Direct buses to Margate from all surrounding towns in East Kent. Visit Kent County Council Public Transport to find your most direct bus route. There you can also download a map of Kent and all available bus routes in the county.

By coach
National Express runs a national network of coach services. Coaches run from London Victoria to various stops in Margate and take approximately 2 hours.

+44 (0) 8717 818178
+44 (0) 8717 818179 (disabled persons travel helpline)
Textphone: +44 (0) 121 455 0086                                           

By Sea
P & O Ferries
Ferry service between Dover and Calais
Tel: +44 (0) 8443 353535

DFDS Seaways
Ferry Service between Dover and Calais or Dunkirk
+44 (0) 871 574 7235
(outside UK) +44 208 127 8303

By Air
From London Gatwick Airport it is approximately 1 hour 40 minutes drive to Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate, whilst Heathrow Airport is approximately a 2 hours drive away. Stansted, Luton and London City airports are all up to 3 hours drive away.

Visitors arriving at any of London's airports, who wish to travel by public transport to the area, must first travel to central London and change to a connecting coach or train service.

Travelling around Margate and the area