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National Portrait Gallery

#39 of 1,596 things to do in London
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Address: 2 St. Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE, England
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+44 20 7306 0055
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10:00 - 21:00
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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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Having never been one for museums and galleries, I was asked to go in and look. I was nicely surprised to see some of the most beautiful paintings of old and not so old. Will go... read more

Reviewed 6 February 2016
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Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 February 2016

Having never been one for museums and galleries, I was asked to go in and look. I was nicely surprised to see some of the most beautiful paintings of old and not so old. Will go back again on next visit to London.

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Reviewed 6 February 2016

we spent several hours here and we loved everyone moment of it. So much to look at, the Dinosaurs were amazing. The building was gorgeous (well the old on) the newer part isn't near as pretty, but the exhibits in them were super fun to look at. this is a place to visit for sure when you go. It is... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 February 2016

It's free and I suggest that you select your rooms as to see everything there will exhaust you and impair the enjoyment of your visit. The restaurant is particularly good.

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Reviewed 4 February 2016 via mobile

There is nothing like getting here at opening time and walking around with the galleries to yourself... Sublime peace and especially restorative! ☺️

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Nottingham, UK
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Reviewed 3 February 2016

I did not think I would particularly enjoy looking at portraits but it was absolutely fascinating and I would definitely return. It was also free which meant we could go twice in our short trip.

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 February 2016

very useful (and free) cloakroom where we left our coats and baggage. the staff at the ticket desk let us have 2 aubio tours for £4 as we were family( usually £6 for two). lots of options of tours or you can just wander and put the number in of the paintings you want to hear about. very helpful staff.... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 February 2016

I decided as I usually visit the national gallery next door to give this a try and was very impressed . lovely portraits of William and harry together and a lovely one of kate but the jewel in the crown was for me the portrait of dame kelly holmes . its so good I thought it was a photo ,... More 

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Reviewed 1 February 2016

Our first visit and great to see historical, royal and contemporary exhibits all in one place. A very enjoyable visit indeed.

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Reviewed 1 February 2016

We spent a lovely hour or so at the NPG before dinner one Friday and, who'd have thought, they let you wander round with a beer (other drinks available). A great way to spend an hour or so (or longer or shorter) looking at amazing portraits. And it's free - like so many other of the UK's cultural institutions. Do... More 

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Reviewed 1 February 2016

Taylor Wessing Photographic Prize is shown every year at the portrait gallery. It is a marvellous show. The photos really move me every time. They make me smile and Often felt moved to tears by some of the portraits on show.

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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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