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National Portrait Gallery

2 St. Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE, England
+44 20 7306 0055
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This world-famous museum houses portraits of noted Britons from the Tudors to the present day.
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  • Average6%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
2 St. Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE, England
Trafalgar Square / Embankment
+44 20 7306 0055
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Less than impressed - okay in parts but many works hung way too high up for the viewer to get a decent look, especially with glass reflecting light

Thank Worldtravellerin2010
Reviewed 1 week ago

This portrait museum was established in 1856 and is located around the corner from the National Gallery in the Westminster district in central London. Out of a collection of 160.000 portraits of historically important or famous people only 4.000 are shown with another 7.000 in...More

Thank T-Bird1974
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A visit here is not just a look at portraits of historical figures from the last 400 years, it gives a background and historical context that somebody new to this period of British history would leave with a foundation of knowledge from there visit here,...More

Thank wrongjon
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you have a spare few hours in London go and look around the National Portrait Gallery. It is free entry and a very pleasant stimulation of the brain cells. Bags can be left at the door for a fee.

Thank peter l
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spent over 3 hours here. Historical characters come alive through wonderful portraiture. So wonderful to see characters from history portrayed. Time flew past as I moved from gallery to gallery. It' easy to navigate and you come across people who you have read about but...More

Thank Ian F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to see a few temporary exhibitions and some permanent hangings. A joy. Well curated as ever and imaginatively put together.

Thank Roypee
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the first exhibition, so far as I am aware, dedicated to Hodgkin's portraits. Rather a contradiction in terms given Hodgkin was an abstract artist. Heavily involved with the preparation of this exhibition he died only a week or two before its opening. A...More

Thank futtock21
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautifully curated, wonderful place to spend 30 or 230 minutes! I love visiting as it is different every time. Splendid cafe too.

Thank StevefromWashington
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Free museum to get a look at both historic and more modern painted pictures/busts/statues and photographs of famous and not so famous people throughout the ages. Each one a story to tell, some interesting, some not so but that’s a Marmite choice. If you want...More

Thank DonnyDave30
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A real gem & of course free. Divided into 'periods' o!rest at top of the building so you can choose the section you want, or return another day to see more.

Thank Beverley T
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
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Is it free entry??
27 May 2017|
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Response from Eric V | Reviewed this property |
I will be visiting London this fall (2017) and am a big Beatles fan. Can you tell me where the portrait of Paul McCartney is located in the gallery and also if you have any other items related to the Beatles? Thanks
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
pprice of Hodgkin exhibition
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.