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National Gallery

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Trafalgar Square / Embankment
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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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Small-Group Guided Tour of the National Gallery in London
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Small-Group Tour: The National Gallery and British Museum in London
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Private Tour: National Gallery Tour in London with Art Historian Guide

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A Feast For the Eyes

We hadn't visited the National Gallery for a few years and decided that the next time we were close to Trafalgar Square, we would pop in for a visit. It rained that day and it... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We hadn't visited the National Gallery for a few years and decided that the next time we were close to Trafalgar Square, we would pop in for a visit. It rained that day and it seemed that the rest of London had also had the same idea. It was absolutely packed. Having said that, the system is slick and the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Wow. Amazing art and no admission charges. Really does rival Paris. During our trip there was a 10 minute session on appreciation of art- again free. Really enjoyed it- I don't know much about art so it was good to get pointed in the right direction and the discussion made the painting much more interesting.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We just happened to come across the gallery and it was amazing! Could spend endless hours there. So gorgeous. Definitely put it on your list

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Third time coming to the gallery and still amazes me, that it is free to get in. Great place to go no matter the weather. Just be prepared for a lot of people if it's raining or bad weather. In the center of Trafalgar Square with big lions protecting it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a beautiful building and wonderful art collection. The Australian impressionists exhibition worth a look. It would be a shame to rush to see the obvious master works as this place has so much. The main point of irritation was at times it was difficult to see paintings due to the sea of mobile phones being held up to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was my first trip to London. My traveling companion and I didn't want to over-plan our days so they tended to create themselves based on circumstances. It was the week between Christmas and New Years so everything was packed, so we agreed we wouldn't spend our time there waiting in lines. That's sorta how we ended up at the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Informative exhibition but disappointed that the gallery had not managed to bring in any of Caravaggio's works from other galleries. Not a great let down but expensive for the content.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Me and my girlfriend where freezing in the rain and wind on a morning. Had a coffee near Trafalgar Square, and decided to go inside The National Gallery to warm up. Spent almost a couple og hours in there, so impressive building and paintings. We had no knowledge of this kind of art, but we where both really enjoying just... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This place has so much to offer that multiple visitors over a lifetime should be required to take it all in.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great attraction for a rainy day! Most of London's attractions are outdoors, so I saved this one for an inevitable rainy day. They have a great collections of Da Vinci, Van Gogh. The rooms in the museums are almost as beautiful as the paintings.

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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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