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Scottish National Gallery

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Princes Street and Gardens
As featured in 3 Days in Edinburgh and 9 other guides
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Address: The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL, Scotland
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+44 131 624 6200
10:00 - 17:00
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Thu 10:00 - 19:00
Fri - Wed 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Incredible - and all for free

We actually had no intention of visiting the scottish national gallery, but when we were in Edinburgh it was pouring with rain and cold the whole time, so we decided to attend... read more

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Aberdeen, Scotland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

We actually had no intention of visiting the scottish national gallery, but when we were in Edinburgh it was pouring with rain and cold the whole time, so we decided to attend. Goodness, it has such interesting treasures and we spent half a day just browing. It was really well worth going in! Would recommend it to all ages. You... More 

Thank HankBrogieLabrador
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We dropped into the gallery today for two hours with the kids. We really enjoyed our visit and found the staff most helpful- we were wet from the rain outside and had luggage ( very good locker system downstairs beside cafe). My only Suggestion would be that they made an education trail for kids- would be most helpful and works... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It's an wonderful and interesting museum and you can see Dolly the sheep that is on the first floor. I also have to say that the entrance is free!

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Coventry, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were amazed at this fabulous museum... just the right size. Plan on one to two hours.... and it's free! In addition to Raphael, Degas, Van Gogh, Rodin, etc. etc. etc.... the Scottish Art is absolutely beautiful!!! So worth the visit!!!

Thank Lisa212015
Middleboro, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

What a fantastic museum at no cost! I was surprised at the variety of painters and sculptors displayed, the thoughtful arrangement of works, and the helpful descriptions. The museum has a coat check, nice restaurant, small cafe, and 2 floors of displays; mostly paintings. There were El Greco paintings as well as a Botticelli, and several Van Gogh's. Additionally, there... More 

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Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The guy in the World of Illusions told us its worth a visit as its free and the toilets are nice. Lol. Its better than that though. Seems to be a common theme in 'things to do in Edinburgh' that things are done properly, everything works and everything is clean. The gallery is immaculate and the staff were nice. Not... More 

Thank Pammyjz
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Coffee shop most disappointing, £2.95 for a scone which was inedible, very expensive for Self Service Tourists be warned.

Thank Cestosh
Yeovil, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband & I popped in here for a quick visit as we were early for a gin distillery tour, not far from the gallery & we wanted to get out of the cold & didn't fancy shopping on Princess street as there was no more room in our luggage! I'm not sure I would have paid to go in.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

To be honest not in too this art stuff but Mrs is was pleasantly surprised how good it was some excellent paintings in here and some are breathtaking how good they are

Thank Steven E
Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Definitely worth a visit the works of art through the ages - stunning. Staff very helpful, lockers a great idea so you don't have to cart your coats and bags :-)

Thank Mandy M

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Princes Street and Gardens
Glaswegians tease Edinburghers that their High Street is only half one, since buildings only line one side. But what they don’t say is how extraordinary the views are from Princes Street as a result. From here you look onto expansive and decorative public gardens beneath the mighty basalt cliffs on which Edinburgh’s Castle stands proud above the rest of the dramatic old town skyline. Yet many of those on Princes Street look the other way, as they’re concerned with chain store shopping or catching the tram or a train at main train station Waverley. But it’s not all utility here; the Scottish National Gallery rewards purposeless wandering, and December’s huge winter market in the gardens begins a season of revelry which ends with Hogmanay, Britain’s largest New Year’s street party.
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