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National Portrait Gallery

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This world-famous museum houses portraits of noted Britons from the Tudors to the present day.
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Charing Cross Road 2 St. Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE, England
Trafalgar Square / Embankment
+44 20 7306 0055
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Not only is it an extraordinary gallery but full of historical information. Wonderfully laid out. A true gem. Loved it. It’s free but you can donate if you want. What a breath of fresh air compared to the expensive European galleries. London galleries are far...More

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Reviewed yesterday

This is not my first time here but it never ceases to amaze me. the portraits are so interesting, well lit and displayed with flair and sensitivity. Each one tells its own story and the space compliments the exhibitions. Brilliant!

Thank heatherogburn
Reviewed 3 days ago

One of London's many delights - we went for supper and an exhibition and had a lovely time. The exhibition was thoughtfully laid out, with a carefully constructed approach to the subject matter. Our supper in the restaurant was superb - the best Hake I...More

Thank nichollsaj1
Reviewed 4 days ago

The Portrait Gallery is found a short walk down the side of the National Gallery. It is a good size but not huge. There is a excellent collection of portraits to view and all are divided into categories. Sadly the section shoeing 21st century portraits...More

Thank Seagulls
Reviewed 4 days ago

I think that sometimes people miss this gallery once they have finished with the National Gallery. Do not miss. The only disappointment was that I could not take picture of the Churchill portrait. It was spectacular. You can take pictures of everything else.

Thank kingofhma
Reviewed 1 week ago

great painting and photos very interesting and a time period that shows you how things were. Organised well but we saw the Jackson exhibition and I was not that impressed

Thank collineUk
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came across this by chance and really glad we did. Unbelievable amount of portrait art from the last 500 years. Notable subjects include Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I, along with author's, playwrights, scientists and many other historical famous faces. Free to get in, unless...More

Thank Kirsty A
Reviewed 1 week ago

Did not know what to expect but was pleasantly surprised. The BP Portrait Award nominees were on display and they were fantastic. Upstairs were portraits of famous people which again were all very good. I also liked the large paintings of the General Staff and...More

Thank Scott R
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have never visited the Portrait Gallery before and to be honest I was not keen on going and almost made the mistake of walking past it. Do go, it is fascinating, I particularly enjoyed looking at the portraits of the Tudors and of course...More

Thank Kaz B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Possibly the poorest signage of any Museum/Gallery I have ever visited. I knew the floor and room number of items that I wanted to see but there were virtually no signs identifying rooms. Cafe staff were also very offhand. Definitely not a 'must see'.

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esteemed gathering place are more famous icons, as
well as a disproportionate numbers of the city’s most
popular cultural attractions including the National
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27 May 2017|
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Response from Eric V | Reviewed this property |
2 April 2017|
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Response from rhamba k | Reviewed this property |
Hi There are many ortaits of sir paul there. Be sure to lok in store for postcards and photos and posters from2015 Photography Exhibition. On Beatles. Think you can purchase. I advise ask at front desk as there are rooms... More
Eleanor D
28 March 2017|
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Response from Jorge M | Reviewed this property |
Sorry. Y haven't been there yet. However if the quality is the same as usual (Picasso portraits as an example) your £ will be well spend. Normally the price can be between 8 up to 12 £.Please enjoy.
lexi m
2 December 2016|
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Response from IanBullivant | Reviewed this property |
yeah separate both free but will have to pay for featured exhibitions
3 October 2015|
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Response from Jasmin B | Reviewed this property |
Thanks for your question. I don't know the answer for this specific exhibition but from experience here in Melbourne it is better to buy in advance for special and popular exhibitions especially if you're going in on a... More