National Gallery
National Gallery
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Admission tickets
from £19.00
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Neighbourhood: 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.
How to get there
  • Charing Cross • 2 min walk
  • Leicester Square • 4 min walk
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  • Ljubica B
    London, United Kingdom5,063 contributions
    Beautiful place to spend some time
    Never tired of the National gallery I’m just in love with this place. If you like art this is the place to spend good hours… the entrance is free, you can easy eat in here there are nice coffee stores, is located in the heart of London in Trafalgar Square. Easy access by bus, food , train or underground.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 December 2022
  • Susan C
    London, United Kingdom337 contributions
    Masterpieces await!
    The queue moved swiftly, so don’t be deterred. How lucky to wander through the vast collection. Browsing Canaletto, Monet, Turner, Degas, Van Gogh in vaulted and well directed rooms. The cafe was full at lunchtime with a quieter restaurant offering beyond. Bespoke and carefully crafted items in the shop.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 8 December 2022
  • SonnyBoy_12
    Alleyton, Texas104 contributions
    Nice relaxing stop
    This square is full of great photographic and historical opportunities. The fountain is beautiful and public bathrooms are clean. There were several cafes in the area. There is a free elevated platform in a building not far away which name I do not remember.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 9 December 2022
  • hjhoosier
    San Antonio, Texas424 contributions
    Huge Collection
    Wow, the expansiveness of the museum, and it’s free! Save for the special exhibit. A lot of really great artworks here. They cover a wide range of time periods. Big names like Renoir, Cezanne, Peter Paul Rubens, Manet, Michelangelo, Da Vinci. Definitely not to be missed! It was a lot to see, so plan accordingly. There are over 2,000 works here.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 11 December 2022
  • MILOUW
    New York City, New York1,322 contributions
    Lucian Freud exhibition
    The Lucian Freud exhibition is fairly small but showcases some startling works by the artist. It also illustrates how radically his style and focus evolved. While the National Gallery does not charge admissions, this exhibition does and the price is excessive.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 December 2022
  • kooifei
    414 contributions
    Wowwww
    I arrived early (before opening at 10am) and booked my tickets on the spot so that I could join the pre-booked tickets queue which was much shorter. I’m amazed that the admission to the Gallery is free given the expansiveness of the art available on exhibition. I thought that my children (6,3 and 1 years) wouldn’t enjoy the Gallery but I was wrong. They were equally impressed by the artworks and I could see them getting immersed by the experience.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 December 2022
  • J K
    San Antonio, Texas142 contributions
    A Mind-Boggling Collection
    With its immense collection of artwork and free admission, the National Gallery is easily among the top places to visit in London. My wife and I have been a couple of times before and we have never been disappointed. One of the paintings we wanted to see was loaned to another museum, so we will be returning in spring on our next trip to London. The gift shop also has some very nice, good quality items.
    Visited October 2022
    Written 13 December 2022
  • Ryan S
    Cardiff, United Kingdom226 contributions
    A Stunning Collection of Paintings
    The National Gallery in London is one of the best museums in Britain. Home to famous paintings such as the Hay Wain by John Constable, The Fighting Temeraire by J. M. W. Turner, Virgin of the Rocks by Leonardo da Vinci and Vase with Fifteen Sunflower by Vincent van Gogh amongst many more. The Gallery is also marvellously decorative with every room looking really stunning and rich. I spent 2 hours looking around, but I recommend you can spend 3-4 hours looking around taking a more of a detailed look. There are over 2000 paintings in the National Gallery plus some temporary displays which can sometimes have an entrance fee. While I was there they had a Turner temporary display in which you can view paintings such as Cologne, the Arrival of a Packet-Boat: Evening and Harbour of Dieppe: Changement de Domicile. Overall its a wonderful experience visiting the National Gallery.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 15 December 2022
  • drweb1947
    Tinton Falls, New Jersey10 contributions
    Vast exhibits continue to Improve
    We returned to the National Gallery in October and were impressed by the improvements they continue to make to both the facilities and exhibits.It is also free to visit which is remarkable in pricey London. The only disappointment was their new, upscale restaurant which we found to be cramped and the food quite ordinary. Their adjacent simple restaurant is a better value in our opinion.
    Visited October 2022
    Written 16 December 2022
  • Moggilover
    6 contributions
    Picture Perfect Christmas
    I went to the Christmas Show at the Gallery in the theatre. The show is billed as a 'Fun, Festive, musical show for all the family' and it really lived up to it's expectations. I went on my own as I was in London but there were families there with children from about 18 months onwards. It was based on Heinrich Avercamp's famous painting of a frozen lake with people skating and getting into the Christmas spirit. There were lots of singing and music, and a baddie who is set out to ruin our two heroes Frederick and Maakies day but with the help of woodland creatures they meet along their way it all works out well in the end. I found it enchanting and very easy to watch even as an adult! It wasn't full on Christmas but subtle and suitable for all ages. The theatre is very comfortable and surprisingly bigger than I thought
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 18 December 2022
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Lainie L
New York City, NY182 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
Enjoyable museum and you can't beat the price. It's free!

Quite a few masterpieces including da Vinci's The Burlington House Cartoon and The Virgin of the Rocks.

There are also plenty of Impressionists if that's your preference; Cezanne, Picasso, and van Gogh.

A great way to spend a few hours to get cultured and inspired so get there early! It gets crowded fast!
Written 30 November 2023
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Hanna484
United Kingdom162 contributions
May 2023 • Family
Good visit for a family - the sunflowers is the main attraction but plenty to see and cafe and rest room facilities are available.
Written 30 November 2023
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Stuart P
London, UK88 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
A Great Exhibition ruined by an absurd management decision to offer a free download of commentary to visitors mobile phones. Unfortunately, most people using the download do not have earphones, so you will hear commentaries at different stages from multiple phone loud speakers. If you think about the demographics of mainly older people visiting the exhibition, you can imagine how loud some of the commentaries are!

Apparently, this exhibition will move on to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and they supply good old-fashioned audio guides with personal earphones, so you won't have your enjoyment ruined there - if you are able to travel to the Netherlands.
Written 25 November 2023
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greenacres18
Wells, UK114 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Fantastic to see such famous works of art up close. The gallery is free and realy relaxed which is amazing considering the value of the priceless works of art. Staff were friendly and made you welcome. This gallery is a national treasure please keep up the good work
Written 23 November 2023
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TorontoMusicman
Toronto1,134 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
An excellent museum with extensive collection of artwork. Especially enjoyed the two Caravaggio and the two Vermeers.
It is worthwhile to make a reservation online even though it is free as it saves time getting in
Written 22 November 2023
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david n
Manchester, UK4,683 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
TIPS: As with all great museums, do some planning beforehand and decide what it is that you want to see. Then go early before the crowds and, for this gallery, do book - its free and you can book even a few minutes before entry. Booking allows you to go to the front of the queue.

Enjoy !
Written 19 November 2023
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Samantha S
5 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
The gallery is truly a must see in London! with some of the most beautiful art work. Book your free ticket online and skip the line up :) The amazing staff make your time even more enjoyeble.
Written 8 November 2023
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O B
1 contribution
Nov 2023 • Family
Our guide Emma made our visit to the National Gallery highlights memorable. Her enthusiasm and knowledge of the artists through the centuries made our tour fascinating. We had a splendid time.
Written 7 November 2023
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sheepygold
london5,540 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
We came specifically for the Frans Hals exhibition which was superb, lots of his paintings, some of which are pairs and have been separated for hundreds of years and one that hasn't been seen in public for about a century. The exhibition is really well curated and amazingly wasn't busy even on a Sunday.
Written 5 November 2023
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Kate
Columbus, OH5 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
We spent about 3 hours here. We were able to enjoy masterpieces by renowned artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, and many others.
Written 3 November 2023
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