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The Courtauld Gallery

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Address: Somerset House Strand | Somerset House, London WC2R 0RN, England
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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 gallery of calm

This is one of those places you do not really want to tell anyone about because it is so special, filled with many familiar canvases presented in a way that allows you to see them... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 October 2013
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Birkenhead, United Kingdom
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Birkenhead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2013

This is one of those places you do not really want to tell anyone about because it is so special, filled with many familiar canvases presented in a way that allows you to see them 'for the first time'. As well as the glorious collection of French paintings there is a wondrous medieval room on the ground floor and temporary... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2013

Worth the visit just to see the famous Van Gogh self-portrait, and there is so much more. Somerset House is quite a treat, anyway. The cafe's outdoor seating is not to be missed, if the weather allows.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2013

Few tourists seem to go to this gallery but it has wonderful selection of Impressionist paintings. It is not free but has world class works of art. I just think most people (tourists) do not know about it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2013

I visited this gallery on the recommendation of a friend. Admission was included as part of our London Pass. I was disappointed in the room closures but the part that I did see was fabulous. It is a relatively small gallery, not as overwhelming as some of the big galleries, very peaceful and a beautiful setting where you just felt... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2013

Small museum but loaded with well known artists and recognizable works. Mostly impressionists. Very well presented. Allow about an hour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2013

I had just smashed my leg on the tube escalator and was bleeding profusely and the fellow at the door helped me to a plaster and some antiseptic swabs which was very accommodating! Loved the Gaugain show!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2013

This gallery is a gem. Alas more than a few rooms were closed but you can see the art up really close, there are seats in which to view the paintings and objects, you can even photograph the pictures if you wish. seeing a Kandinsky, Degas, Van Gogh, Gaugin, etc and reading some of the excellent explanations was a treat.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2013

This was not one of the free galleries in London, but worth the visit. Spent over 2 hours enjoying. Monday's are half priced...so we planned the visit on the Monday of our week long visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2013

By far the most intimate gallery in London . Superb varied collection. We found ourself in one room on our own looking at priceless artworks. The building is old and interesting and in itself a work of Art. Don't miss out !!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2013

We spent a pleasant hour and a half here. The collection is heavy on impressionists, but there are modern works and also a small exhibit of very fine medieval religious art. Worth a trip.

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