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The South East of England offers plenty of places to visit by coach, including fun and exciting trips to an ice rink, popular beaches and sightseeing. Another great idea when planning coach travel for your group is the range of art galleries on offer. Whether you’re looking for your next family day out or you’re organising a school or work trip, here are some of the best South East art galleries to visit by coach.

South East coach trip ideas - the best art galleries across the region

Explore Modern Art Galleries

Modern art is a great way to delve into the world of innovative concepts and get your brain working a little harder. One of the most visited art venues in the South East is located in Margate – the Turner Contemporary gallery. Situated on the seafront, it offers everything from new artwork and fascinating exhibitions, as well as tours and activities. It’s free to enter, and their displays are continually updated, so you can visit throughout the year depending on what’s on. Moreover, it’s the perfect excuse to visit the coast, and you could even pop into Dreamland if you’re looking for a bit of fun afterwards. Other modern galleries in the region include the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne and the Hastings Contemporary.

Find Famous Artist Collections

For traditional art fans, there’s nothing more inspiring than exploring the works of great artists from the past, and there are plenty of places you can do just that in the South East. This includes Watts Gallery Artists’ Village located along the North Downs Way, which displays the work of Victorian artist George Frederic Watts. His work covered some of the most pressing themes and ideas of the time, so you’ll get a unique insight into this world. It’s in the ideal location if you’re organising coach travel for walking groups thanks to its beautiful setting on a Surrey Hills trail.

Feel Inspired by Sculptures

Another form of art which can provide something a little different is sculpture work. There are lots of galleries across the region, but one of the most highly rated is the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden in Ockley, Surrey. Based outdoors, it’s usually closed for the winter, so always check opening times (usually April to October) before you organise your travel. Operating for almost 40 years, it was one of the first of its kind in the UK. The garden exhibits contemporary sculptures in a unique and magical environment, displaying pieces from dozens of different artists while ensuring nature and art intertwine. Other sculpture displays not to be missed include the Cass Sculpture Foundation in Chichester and the Sculpture Park in Churt, Farnham.

Plan your art gallery coach trip in the South East with Mayday Travel. We organise minibus and coach travel for groups in our luxury, comfortable and modern vehicles for every season. We operate across the region, including Kilburn, Banstead and Woolwich. Get a free quote now.