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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

1 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JD, Scotland
+44 131 624 6200
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Really nice museum building and some stunning art

Okay, I love art but he m not all that interested in portraits. Even so I enjoyed spending less... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Claudia D
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
My favourite building in Edinburgh

Even if you are not particularly into portraits, this place is worth a visit to admire the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
George S
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Visit one of Edinburgh’s most iconic buildings and explore a fascinating overview of Scotland past and present though a wealth of imagery encompassing painting, photography, sculpture and film. Meet the people who have helped shape the nation’s identity at home and abroad from Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie and Robert Burns, through to more recent pioneers in science, sport and the arts.. See this outstanding national Collection in its newly refurbished 19th century home, from the suite of grand, top-lit galleries to smaller, intimate rooms, and discover the new Photography Gallery and the atmospheric Victorian Library. Round off your trip to the Portrait Gallery with a visit to our new café. Serving a delicious menu of fresh dishes and classic recipes, our team are passionate about sourcing the very best local ingredients and seasonal produce. A great place for lunch or even just a coffee break, our family-friendly venue is one of the best cafes in Edinburgh. Admission is free. Charges may apply for special exhibitions.
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JD, Scotland
New Town
+44 131 624 6200
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Okay, I love art but he m not all that interested in portraits. Even so I enjoyed spending less than an hour here looking at the works. There were some large and vibrant pieces here. There were also some portraits of animals which I especially...More

Thank Claudia D
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Even if you are not particularly into portraits, this place is worth a visit to admire the building. It is a delightful experience and contains artwork and sculptures of every famous Scot you could name. In a city with so much to see and do,...More

Thank George S
Reviewed 3 days ago

One of the better museums for portraits. Great variety from a very wide range of eras. Great display spaces with room to view and admire each portrait. Seating so you can sit and admire.

Thank gbmontreal
Reviewed 4 days ago

Walked in and there was a marble statue with a black broken statue at the base of it. All the busts around the exhibit were facing the walls. I asked if there were in "time out". The attendant explained that it was to demonstrate how...More

Thank Philly S
Reviewed 6 days ago

Housed in an old gothis building on a main road parallel to Princes Street the Gallery is easy to find. It has statis displays and regular exhibitions eg during 2017 there was an exhibition of early photgraphs by photographic pioneers Hill and Adamson. But there...More

Thank ajm549
Reviewed 1 week ago

A little stroll from the main street in Edinburgh, not far from the bus station and Waverley train station. A well maintained collection with good information alongside exhibits. It also has a good cafe on site.

Thank Macleod M
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place on a rainy day. There are good permanent exhibitions and the BP portrait exhibition is a real highlight every year. The cafe is a lovely space , with great salads and scones. A real favourite

Thank lesley1232014
Reviewed 1 week ago

As all UK government museums, this one if free(you should make a donation).We spent many hours exploring and reading the history and seeing the figures making up Scotland's, and the UK's history.The building is itself a masterpiece, and full of murals.

Thank sander s
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I really enjoy portraits and this museum did not disappoint. The building itself was stunning and it is free admission.

Thank Rachel S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to see the Portaits competion, very good indeed. Had a terrifc lunch in the cafe. All in all a lovely place to while away a few hours.

Thank Paulus Paradiddle
New Town
Suits and shopping bags rule the streets of New Town,
until after dark when strappy dresses come out to
play. This is the city’s central business district
with its smaller offices, clothes boutiques, and many
of the city’s flashiest restaurants and ritziest
clubs. The architecture along roads like George Street
helps give it a swank and formal feel: it’s a planned
Georgian development of regal townhouses, geometric
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Sergey G
9 August 2017|
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Response from anneliese m | Reviewed this property |
Excellent selection of scones, sweets, teas and coffee, as well as small sandwiches. I had a strawberry/cream scone and tea in the amazing cafe. Huge windows and a wonderful giftstore right within the cafe area.
Fiona A
13 August 2016|
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Response from Fiona A | Reviewed this property |
Thank you kind people for replying. I posted my question in response to someone's complaining that the NPG was far too far away from everything. I realise now I should have phrased my post quite differently, but thank you... More
20 September 2015|
Response from Christine D |
Easy to find but very difficult to park. Better to park in a 'park and ride' and get bus into city centre.