The Courtauld Gallery
The Courtauld Gallery
4.5
Speciality & Gift ShopsArt GalleriesArt Museums
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The Courtauld Gallery is home to one of the world’s great art collections, located in the magnificent historical setting of Somerset House in central London. The Courtauld’s much-loved collection includes paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture and decorative arts ranging from the Renaissance through to the 20th century. The Gallery is renowned for its remarkable group of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, including the world-famous A Bar at the Folies Bergère by Édouard Manet, Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear by Vincent van Gogh and the most significant collection of works by Cézanne in the UK. These masterpieces are displayed in The Courtauld’s spectacularly restored LVMH Great Room – London’s oldest purpose-built exhibition space. There are also galleries dedicated to the Medieval and Early Renaissance periods, rooms devoted to 20th century art and the Bloomsbury Group, and dedicated galleries for temporary exhibitions.
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Neighbourhood: Trafalgar Square / Embankment
With its iconic Nelson’s Column, majestic oversized lions and brightly-lit fountains, Trafalgar Square is not just considered the heart of this bustling London hub, but the very core of the city itself. Beyond this esteemed gathering place are more famous icons, as well as a disproportionate numbers of the city’s most popular cultural attractions including the National Gallery and many West End theaters. Along the way to these major sites are quiet lanes and antiquated pubs to discover, as well as riverside vistas to enjoy on the embankment. With a calendar full of celebratory events, any time of year is a fine time to visit.
How to get there
  • Temple • 4 min walk
  • Covent Garden • 7 min walk
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  • Paul H
    Surrey, United Kingdom67 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fantstic and varied collection
    I enjoyed the Courtauld. It has a nice mix of works right through from Gothic/Early Renaissance to the Post Impressionists. The gallery is spread over a number of floors with quite narrow winding stairs, so there's a bit of squeezing by people when it's busy. But I never felt rushed and although it's not the largest gallery in the world it has amazing quality. I'm writing this review a little while after I visited and I've been to a lot more galleries now, and I don't think I really appreciated how good the Courtauld was at the time, but now I realise what a fantastic collection it is.
    Visited October 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 15 September 2023
  • harry z
    San Diego, California144 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique: seeing great art without people taking selfies/iPhone pics in front of you!
    Our second visit to this museum, each being outstanding. The best part of the Courtauld might be that so few people attend. That means quality time for viewing and considering the displayed art is not interrupted by too many people passing in front of you or taking selfies/iPhone pics of the art work. Absolutely outstanding.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 October 2023
  • speerbuz
    Brisbane, Australia54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My favourite art gallery.
    This gallery is an absolute gem and probably ranks as my favourite art gallery. It is not huge, so is very manageable for a visit of a couple of hours. The quality of the collection, ranging from medieval to 20th Century, with some wonderful Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works, is amazing. It is nice to leave a galley feeling totally satisfied, but not completely overwhelmed by the size.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 November 2023
  • Graham M
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Delightful
    My wife and I really enjoyed our visit to the Courtauld gallery. The impressionist collection in particular is well worth a visit with some major pieces by major artists (Degas, van Gogh, Cézanne, Manet, Monet, Morisot). It's also an ideal size, I think it took us maybe 2 hours to go around. The staff were friendly and helpful and the works are very accessible (not many are behind glass). There are free tours and the café is nice (if expensive). I would highly recommend a visit to this gallery. I would also mention that the shop have some lovely and thoughtful products to buy.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 November 2023
  • Sam3314
    Derby, United Kingdom2,089 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressionists with time to appreciate them
    A lovely small and quiet cafe. Love the impressionists gallery and you can get close to the pictures to admire them. Not too busy so you can really appreciate the art. Lots of stairs but there is a lift. Good gifts in the shop which you don't need to purchase a ticket for.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 January 2024
  • Liege-Bastogne-Liege
    Zurich, Switzerland445 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Truly wonderful.
    There is no lovelier gallery in London. It is intimate, accessible, romantic, rich in its displays, discreet, serene and its artworks are beautiful beyond words. It is too, that its range of artworks is wide but less expansive than the National Gallery or the Tate. That helps matters. It makes it easier to focus. And what wonderful genius is on display. There is one corner of the Gallery where I could simply stand for hours. Inside one door is a Modigliani nude from 1916, to it's right is Manet's huge Bar at the Folies Bergere and over the shoulder to the right on the wall opposite is the exquisite Van Gogh, La Crau with Peach Trees in Blossom. If you could determine your own eternity, this would surely be one option. I am so grateful for this place.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 12 March 2024
  • The_Coach55
    Ruislip, United Kingdom1,140 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good Frank Auerbach Exhibition
    The Courtauld Gallery is situated in Somerset House near Aldwych. It is a short walk from Temple station. This was my first visit here since its refurbishment in late 2021 and I came to see the Frank Auerbach : Charcoal Heads exhibition. This was very good with a couple of dozen interesting works by this fine artist. It was also great to see the permanent collection including old favourites by Manet, Van Gogh, Camille Pissarro and others. I paid £7 with my Art Fund card for admission.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 April 2024
  • Richard C
    798 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Major Collection, Wonderful Presentation
    The Courtauld's collection is staggering: major works including some of the most important Impressionist paintings, Bloomsbury artists, and contemporary British art work. It's a must see and convenient located in central London. In addition there are also a fine cafe, expansive gift shop, and clean loos. Take the lift to the top and work your way down the spiral staircase.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 April 2024
  • Martin H
    Hong Kong, China924 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A small gallery with a good collection of impressionist paintings
    This is not a big gallery and you can see it all in under an hour if there aren't many people there. I was really impressed by the collection of impressionist works on the top floor. The building itself is lovely and they've really curated the works well throughout. Well worth a visit.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 May 2024
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Brian A
Bloemendaal, The Netherlands102 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Couples
The collection here is as good as ever, but be warned : it is not possible to pay with cash or American Express. We were told we could create an account and then buy tickets online using AmEx ; we tried this, but the system would not accept that card. Management apologised but did nothing to help us (after all the inconvenience free entry would have been acceptable). We were reduced to stopping two strangers and giving them twenty pounds for them to use their card for us. It seems the Courtauld has been a business which is more friendly to the institute than to its customers. Even the new cafe has no toilet and requires its customers to go back into the gallery building so keep your old ticket handy. A very disappointing experience which we shan't do again.
Written 7 June 2024
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MidwestKathM
Detroit, MI1,000 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
I first learned about the Courtauld Gallery in 2020 when I came across some virtual art talks during the pandemic. Through those talks, I learned about some of the wonderful works of art in their collection. I knew that I would have to visit the next time I made it to London! Walking into the Courtauld, I felt excited about what was to come... and I enjoyed the spiral staircase taking us up to the gallery floors. We started in the Bloomsbury Group gallery, filed with works by Vanessa Bell and Roger Fry, among others; it was a nice introduction to this group. Next up was the Impressionism gallery...the target of my visit. It was truly an honor to see some great works like The Card Players by Cezanne, Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear by Van Gogh, A Bar at the Folies Bergère by Édouard Manet, as well as works by Monet, Degas, Gauguin, Renoir, Seurat, Morisot, and Toulouse-Lautrec. The collection includes works covering the Renaissance to the 18th century as well as Medieval and Early Renaissance paintings and decorative arts and 20th century art. A delightful way to start our stay in London!
One note: Being associated with the Courtauld Institute of Art, the Gallery invites art students and guests to sit and draw as well as hosts school field trips; that did not take away from our experience.
Written 5 June 2024
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Martin H
Hong Kong, China924 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This is not a big gallery and you can see it all in under an hour if there aren't many people there.

I was really impressed by the collection of impressionist works on the top floor.

The building itself is lovely and they've really curated the works well throughout.

Well worth a visit.
Written 5 May 2024
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Richard C
Virginia798 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The Courtauld's collection is staggering: major works including some of the most important Impressionist paintings, Bloomsbury artists, and contemporary British art work. It's a must see and convenient located in central London. In addition there are also a fine cafe, expansive gift shop, and clean loos. Take the lift to the top and work your way down the spiral staircase.
Written 24 April 2024
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The_Coach55
Ruislip, UK1,140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
The Courtauld Gallery is situated in Somerset House near Aldwych. It is a short walk from Temple station.

This was my first visit here since its refurbishment in late 2021 and I came to see the Frank Auerbach : Charcoal Heads exhibition.

This was very good with a couple of dozen interesting works by this fine artist.

It was also great to see the permanent collection including old favourites by Manet, Van Gogh, Camille Pissarro and others.

I paid £7 with my Art Fund card for admission.
Written 24 April 2024
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Bon viveur
London, UK2,340 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We visited on a Saturday afternoon to see the Frank Auerbach exhibition. It was fabulous and deserves all the 5 star reviews. We love the scale and atmosphere of the gallery. The permanent collection is so well curated.
Written 22 April 2024
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James C
33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This is a world class art gallery opposite Somerset House. Regular exhibitions today being Frank Auerbach,the Charcoal Heads
Written 21 April 2024
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Liege-Bastogne-Liege
Zurich, Switzerland445 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
There is no lovelier gallery in London.

It is intimate, accessible, romantic, rich in its displays, discreet, serene and its artworks are beautiful beyond words.

It is too, that its range of artworks is wide but less expansive than the National Gallery or the Tate. That helps matters. It makes it easier to focus.

And what wonderful genius is on display. There is one corner of the Gallery where I could simply stand for hours. Inside one door is a Modigliani nude from 1916, to it's right is Manet's huge Bar at the Folies Bergere and over the shoulder to the right on the wall opposite is the exquisite Van Gogh, La Crau with Peach Trees in Blossom.

If you could determine your own eternity, this would surely be one option. I am so grateful for this place.
Written 12 March 2024
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Sam3314
Derby, UK2,089 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
A lovely small and quiet cafe. Love the impressionists gallery and you can get close to the pictures to admire them. Not too busy so you can really appreciate the art. Lots of stairs but there is a lift. Good gifts in the shop which you don't need to purchase a ticket for.
Written 28 January 2024
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Steve B
29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Unfamiliar with the gallery but our daughter-in-law did a Master's degree in Art History here and we thought it would be fun to see what it offered. We were not disappointed. The staff was very helpful with my handicap.
Written 15 January 2024
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