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National Portrait Gallery

#39 of 1,515 things to do in London
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Address: 2 St. Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7306 0055
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Thu - Fri 10:00 - 21:00
Sat - Wed 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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This world-famous museum houses portraits of noted Britons from the Tudors...

This world-famous museum houses portraits of noted Britons from the Tudors to the present day.

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Good and central with great exhibitons

This is a great place to visit - some of their exhibitions are amazing - and it's just across the road from St Martin's in the Fields where you can get really good food and coffee

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a great place to visit - some of their exhibitions are amazing - and it's just across the road from St Martin's in the Fields where you can get really good food and coffee

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

There are so many portraits to see, the space and building are rather spectacular. You are overwhelmed by the amount of detailed portraits. The dates and names are very interesting to look at. If you want to see everything I suggest you do it in a few visits rather than being able to go once, do it all and take... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Similar to other museums around the old western world, this essentially represents a collection of selfies of the British rich and powerful of their day. If you have the stomach for this sort of thing you will love it. Free admission generally, some specific exhibitions have a fee, £5 or more. Cloakrooms at £1 or £2. Restaurant on the top... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

FREE, no charge to view this fascinating collection, dating from the 16th century on. The detail in some of these life-size portraits are amazing, showing faces, gowns, jewelry etc. on the women, and the men and children handsomely done. One advances through the galleries in sequential order from early times. Take your time, and nice choose of restaurants/cafes.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited on a very busy Sunday however was able to move around the gallery quite easily. Fabulous display of portraits and always an excellent exhibition on which you have to pay additionally for. Good facilities however signs to the main restaurant were difficult to find and follow. Staff in restaurant all pleasant and food tasty.

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Homburg, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I've been to The National Portrait Gallery a number of times. If you're an art enthusiast, this is a must stop. One year I saw delightful photos of Audrey Hepburn, and just recently portraits by Picasso that traced his art from the beginning to his later years, accompanied by short write-ups explaining the hows and whys. Super hour or two!

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Dorking, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We booked to see Picasso's portraits and were not dissapointed. The scope of his work is amazing. Even my husband appreciated it!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I was very excited to visit the National Portrait Gallery on my recent trip to London with my parents. I thoroughly enjoyed the portraits of former monarchs. I was particularly captivated by the portraits of the queens, and the Tudor and Stuart galleries. Sadly, we'd planned to view the Picasso portraits exhibit but ran out of time. The collection is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I try to visit the National Portrait Gallery whenever I am in London. The art work is amazing and despite their being many people I always feel I a in my own space to enjoy the fine works of art. The restaraunt and bar offer good food, drinks and ambience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Paid for admission to the Picasso exhibition and was not disappointed! Loads of fantastic free stuff too, including the Tudors gallery which is mind-blowing! Can't wait to return.

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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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