Top 10 UK Art Galleries

Tate Modern
Tate Modern

Britain attracts thousands of visitors to its shores every year and some of the biggest attractions are the marvellous art galleries found all over the country. London boasts some of the oldest art galleries in the world which house masterpieces and art treasures amassed over decades if not centuries. Many of which are now on permanent exhibition in splendid settings. But the rest of the country also boasts art galleries that attract culture seekers and art lovers alike. Below are the top 10 UK art galleries found on British shores.

1. Tate Modern – London

Found on Bankside, the Tate Modern has a superb collection of modern art that dates back from 1900 right up to present times. With wonderful works that include paintings and sculptures by Picassom Dali, Bacon, Duchamp and Giacometti to name but a few, the Tate Modern has attracted visitors from the far corners of the globe for decades. The gallery regularly hosts exhibitions and other marvellous organised events throughout the year.

Address - Bankside, London, SE1 9TG

2. Victoria & Albert – London

Located on the vibrant Cromwell Road in South Kensington, the Victoria & Albert boasts seven miles of galleries just bursting at the seams with stunning exhibits. These include jewellery, sculptures and exquisite old masters. The fashion exhibits at the V&A are renowned the world over and for years marvellous exhibitions and displays have attracted visitors from every corner of the planet – the experience is all the better with the V&A being free to roam around.

Address - Cromwell Road, South Kensington

3. National Gallery – London

Situated right in the heart of the capital, the National Gallery really is a marvellous London attraction. The gallery houses a stunning collection of paintings and masterpieces that date back to the Middle Ages. Superb paintings by Da Vinci, Titian, Turner and Rembrandt to name but a few are permanent display at the gallery. There are also many temporary exhibitions organised at the National which attract thousands of visitors every year.

Address -Trafalgar Square, London

Marlo Pascual, Saatchi Gallery Exhibition
Marlo Pascual, Saatchi Gallery Exhibition

4. Saatchi Gallery

The gallery originally opened back in 1985 with the aim of introducing contemporary art to a much wider audience in the UK. As a result many unknown artists had their work showcased at the gallery. Today, the Saatchi gallery can boast being responsible for launching many artists into extremely successful careers. Situated on the trendy King's Road, thousands of visitors flock to the gallery every year to see the wonderful exhibitions. The Saatchi is now considered as being one of the most visited in London.

Address - Duke of York's HQ, Kings Road

Photography Exhibition, Saatchi Gallery
Photography Exhibition, Saatchi Gallery

5. The Queen's Gallery – London

The Queen's Gallery is located right opposite Buckingham Palace and it's where numerous exhibitions are organised on a regular basis showcasing the superb works of art that belong to the Royal Collection.

Address - Buckingham Palace, London

6. Ashmolean Museum of Art & Archaeology – Oxford

This is one art gallery and museum that takes a lot of time to wander around – there is so much to see making it a real Oxford treasure. JRR Tolkien, it is said drew inspiration for his Lord of the Rings trilogy from the collection of rings on display in the Ashmolean. There is a huge selection of art from Minoan right up until works by Picasso. To top a wonderful experience, there's a very good roof top restaurant too.

Address - Beaumont Street, Oxford

7. The Lowry – Manchester

The Lowry is an English institution featuring the wonderful works of LS Lowry, the most famous artist of the region and one of the most popular painters in the land. The Lowry also boasts three theatres that host some marvellous events which include many West End shows.

Address - Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester

8. Victoria Art Gallery – Bath

There's a wonderful permanent collection at the Victoria Art Gallery which includes masterpieces by Turner, Sickert, Gainsborough and many other of the world's finest 15th century artists right up to artists of the present day. There is a wonderful collection of decorative arts and sculptures not to mention so much more which why so many visitors descend on Bath every year.

Address - Bridge Street, Bath

Out of Focus, Saatchi Gallery
Out of Focus, Saatchi Gallery

9. Aberdeen Art Gallery – Aberdeen

The Aberdeen Art Gallery is one of Scotland's most visited attractions and this splendid location houses one of the finest collections of 19th, 20th and 21st century works of art in the land. Again, people from all over the globe make a point of visiting this lovely gallery every year.

10. Penlee House Gallery & Museum – Penzance

This elegant art gallery and museum is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. The gallery houses an important permanent collection of paintings by the “Newlyn School” and the Lamorna Group. As a bonus there are many temporary exhibitions organised throughout the year.

Address - Penlee Park, Morrab Road, Penzance, Cornwall

Tate Modern
Tate Modern


The British Isles boasts some of the finest art galleries in the world many of which are found all over the country. London's art galleries are superb but further afield to the south, the north, the west and the east, you will find many towns have exceptional art galleries all of which attract visitors from all over the world. The choice is superb with the top 10 UK art galleries above being just a few of them.

Laura Reynolds is a passionate artist currently working with Gallery Rouge - an innovative art destination based in Hertfordshire, UK. Her work includes selecting and liaising with artists such as Kerry Darlington