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National Gallery

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Trafalgar Square / Embankment
As featured in No Frills London and 2 other guides
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Address: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN, England
Phone Number:
+44 20 7747 2885
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Today
10:00 - 18:00
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Hours:
Fri 10:00 - 21:00
Sat - Thu 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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The National Gallery houses the national collection of paintings in the...

The National Gallery houses the national collection of paintings in the Western European tradition from the 13th to the 19th centuries. It is on show 361 days a year, free of charge.

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USD 86.05*
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Small-Group Guided Tour of the National Gallery in London
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USD 151.40*
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Small-Group Tour: The National Gallery and British Museum in London
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USD 92.58*
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Private Tour: National Gallery Tour in London with Art Historian Guide

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Great place of beauty on a cold and rainy day!

Gone to see the Caravaggio exhibition and inspire of the large crowd the place was calm, the queues were quick and the staff friendly and whole experience delightful. The... read more

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

Gone to see the Caravaggio exhibition and inspire of the large crowd the place was calm, the queues were quick and the staff friendly and whole experience delightful. The exhibition was fantastic and very well curated ! Thank you national gallery!

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

I never tire of visiting this Gallery. Even when it's crowded it's a gem. Other aspects of gallery need a reboot. The toilets were dirty, many were blocked and there were queues.... The cafes vary in their problems. Some are too crowded and noisy, other have rude and unhelpful staff. Oh yes, they're all too expensive. But I keep going... More 

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Wallington
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Fantastic pictures and a very well run museum. So much talent on show unlike the Tate Modern. Did not go into The Picasso exhibition as time was against us. Would have thought twice anyway as the entry charge was £19.

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One forgets sometimes the many marvels to be found here. Try spending a decent amount of time with just a few pictures. If you dash around you will not really see anything. Special recommendations from my last visit, the Donne Triptych by Memlinc and,as always the Rokeby Venus by Velazquez.

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Friday was a day of art appreciation. A visit to the Australian Impressionist Exhibition at the National Gallery was enlightening. Of the four artists represented it was Arthur Streeton that really caught my eye. His scenes of rural and urban views of Australia were superb and I particularly liked the coastal view "Ariadne." John Russel was immersed in the company... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Fantastic classical art that must be seen asap. I love visiting this place with my family. The staff are very helpful.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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The gallery predominantly has religious artwork. Admission is free. A free audio device was included with the London Pass. The National Gallery is right in Trafalgar Square. It is within walking distance from Big Ben.

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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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Great to call in and spend a couple of hours just being amazed at the huge variety of art you can see free of charge.

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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I love the impressionist section myself, but this has art for every taste and is in an impressive setting just on trafalgar square. The place is massive so get a map! The shop is well worth a visit too

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Readington, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were in London for a week and we went to the Nat'l Gallery twice! We happened to be there the week leading up to halloween, so despite going to the gallery for a regular visit (and a lecture on Caravaggio since they had recently opened that exhibit), we went back on the last day of our trip for some... More 

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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.
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