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The Courtauld Gallery

#26 of 1,557 things to do in London
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Trafalgar Square / Embankment
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Address: Somerset House | The Strand, London WC2R 0RN, England
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+44 20 7848 8586
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

The Courtauld Gallery is one of the finest small museums in the world. Its...

The Courtauld Gallery is one of the finest small museums in the world. Its collection stretches from the early Renaissance into the 20th century and is particularly renowned for the unrivalled collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. The Gallery also holds an outstanding collection of drawings and prints and fine example of sculpture and decorative arts.

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a superb art gallery

a fantastic art gallery with a gorgeous collection. a very quietly place. a special mention for the Cezanne paintings

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

a fantastic art gallery with a gorgeous collection. a very quietly place. a special mention for the Cezanne paintings

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Anyone visiting London to sample its art treasures cannot afford to miss this superb collection of paintings which range from Medieval to Modern and includes world-ranking masterpieces in each era. Also, it is part of the spectacular setting of Somerset House which is worth seeing in itself. A small café in the basement offers a range of good light snacks,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I came here for work purposes and am personally not a huge fan of Art HOWEVER....even I have to admit, it was amazing to see the originals of some of the paintings I grew up seeing on the TV and in books etc.... You need to buy a ticket and keep quiet. There is a souvenir shop too and security... More 

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The painting galleries contain beautiful painting of the PreRaphaelites current developed by British painters

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a wonderful small museum. Some very impressive Impressionists paintings that call you back to a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This collection is not the biggest around but it's one of the best curated you will find. The paintings are amazing, terrific collection of Ruebens and Impressionists, incredibly well kept.

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The gallery is medium sized, it has a little bit of the most basic periods in history. The paintings are perfectly arranged, giving each a considerable space that made it easy to look at them. The lightning was good, not as I wish but good enough to see oil paintings without too much light reflection. The paintings are accommodated in... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I visited the Courtauld as part of a longer visit to Somerset House. It is a small, private gallery between the Strand and the Thames, on one side of a large, impressive courtyard. The building is worth seeing for itself - with a splendid staircase (especially downstairs to the cafe, which must have been the old kitchens) and imposing fireplaces... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the most memorable gallery visit for me, an expat living permanently in Spain, except when the ¨London Urge´overtakes me. After all, it is my home town ! Boticelli made the masterful line drawings of images from Dante´s Divine Comedy...of Purgatory, Hell, Paradise---This exhibition moved me to buy and read a copy of Dante´s book, for which I am... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This quite unknown gallery has a magnificent collection of art which is a must to see when visiting London. Is it housed in a beautiful setting and the feel is that you are in a home with a wonderful array of art that is not to be found in other museums. The collection is quite selective and well worth the... More 

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