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Scottish National Gallery

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Princes Street and Gardens
As featured in 3 Days in Edinburgh and 9 other guides
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Address: The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL, Scotland
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+44 131 624 6200
10:00 - 17:00
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Thu 10:00 - 19:00
Fri - Wed 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Part of the museum was closed so only saw half, but great paintings. Great for a place to warm up between rain showers. Free admission.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Everything from start to finish. We had to leave . I could not get any service or understanding from the manager re our complaints from start to finish. It was a joke and the Christmas market food offering in the cold became very quickly a better offering . We have now visited all the restaurants in this chain and they... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Part of the museum was closed so only saw half, but great paintings. Great for a place to warm up between rain showers. Free admission.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Scottish National Gallery has fantastic art and they have works by some of the top painters. They have paintings by El Greco and Anthony Van Dyck. If you get a chance examine Van Dyck's "the Lomelini Family" it is considered of his best works of art. Also before you exit there is a gift shop on the left ,... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Free entry and enlightening art work for a novice like me. Stunning paintings and a happy 2 hours spent but you could be there all day it's so big

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Orlando, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went here before any other attraction in the city. There is so much to see that you need to plan the entire day here. We left as the museum was closing, but so much more to see.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A nice gallery to visit but slightly limited in its range of exhibits. Free entry as council run premises.

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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This gallery should be top of your visit list .Wonderful paintings,great atmosphere and ambience. Able to focus on specific time periods without feeling overwhelmed and swamped.Staff terrifically helpful.

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Dundee, Scotland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went there as the amount of times we have been to Edinburgh we have never taken the time to have a look. Glad we did it passed a few hours and was very enjoyable

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Edinburgh's Scottish National Gallery, located on The Mound which is just off Princes Street. It's incredibly easy to find, admission is free. Scottish National Gallery consists of two buildings full of numerous rooms and levels, so make sure you go into both the main Gallery building itself and the Academy building which sits behind it. One of the best galleries... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We took a slow stroll through the galleries on a rainy afternoon and were rewarded with a taste of art since the Renaissance. Beautifully coloured walls and great lighting set off the works of art beautifully. Sampling of works by the Dutch Masters, and early English and Scots painters are wonderfully chosen. Taking our time gave us a chance to... More 

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Princes Street and Gardens
Glaswegians tease Edinburghers that their High Street is only half one, since buildings only line one side. But what they don’t say is how extraordinary the views are from Princes Street as a result. From here you look onto expansive and decorative public gardens beneath the mighty basalt cliffs on which Edinburgh’s Castle stands proud above the rest of the dramatic old town skyline. Yet many of those on Princes Street look the other way, as they’re concerned with chain store shopping or catching the tram or a train at main train station Waverley. But it’s not all utility here; the Scottish National Gallery rewards purposeless wandering, and December’s huge winter market in the gardens begins a season of revelry which ends with Hogmanay, Britain’s largest New Year’s street party.
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