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National Portrait Gallery

#39 of 1,530 things to do in London
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Address: St. Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE, England
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+44 20 7306 0055
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10:00 - 18:00
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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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It's free for the public and you can spend hours walking from one room to another. If you are pushed for time, then plan your trip in advance. If you have the luxury of time, then... read more

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's free for the public and you can spend hours walking from one room to another. If you are pushed for time, then plan your trip in advance. If you have the luxury of time, then take in the rooms as you wish. Dress comfortably, so you can you enjoy your time as it can get hot once inside. The... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A very pleasing visit to see special Picasso exhibition. Went mid morning on Wednes. and didn't need to book in advance. Gallery a 5 minute walk from Leicester Square and round the corner from the National Gallery and lively Trafalgar Square. If you are 60 or over remember to ask for concession fee as entrance fee for special exhibs is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great exhibition NPG, which includes many Picasso art pieces and sketches that you may not have seen before. Nearly all of the collection is 'convential' art, not modern Picasso cubism. If you want a bit more of the history and interpretation of the exhibits, then hire the audio player. These give a very full account of 80% of the art... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Travelled to London to meet friends and visit NPG. We had about 5 hours for a lunch and visit to gallery which just about was enough, although we did not visit a couple of special exhibitions which were at additional cost. Had lunch in cafe. It's cramped but on a Thursday in January we got seats easily and food was... More 

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A great free attraction. The earlier paintings (Tudors in 1500s) are particularly fascinating. A great glimpse at some of our nation's history. Don't miss it.

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Ashford, Kent UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a great place to wander around looking at the various portraits and there is somewhere to sit and admire the art work in most rooms. It is free so good to pop in if you have a few hours to kill between other activities. We started with the oldest works at the top of the building and worked... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Here they all are on parade, the most excellent British performers in all the greatest fields known to man (and woman) presented in beautiful painted and sculpted portraits by the finest British artists of the sitters' eras.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very interesting and stunning gallery in which you can learn a lot about British history. Definitely a 'must visit' in London

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Learned quite a bit about the famed artist, not the least of which was the more mainstream, traditional artwork he created. Admission to the Portrait Gallery is free (check out the royal portraits) but special exhibits extra, unless you have the London Pass.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

So much to see and read, the museum is fascinating. This was our first visit and we decided to start with the pre 18th Century. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in the museum and will come back to view the rest of collection

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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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