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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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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

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Dundee, Scotland
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Dundee, Scotland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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

Thank grandmap59
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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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Southampton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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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Spokane, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Scottish National Gallery is laid out very nicely to allow a complete tour in two hours or less. The Gallery has some wonderful art, and some of the original collection dates back to the early 1800's. I found the descriptive plates at each painting or sculpture to be fascinating, as many explained not only the origin of the piece... More 

Thank Jon E
Lake District, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I took my dad and I didn't have a horrid time like I did last time. Dad enjoyed looking at the artwork. It's a nice easy way to get around, following the centuries and artists around.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I visit the Gallery during a short break in Edinburgh. Whereas it has an excellent collection with some historically significant pieces, it is a rather old fashioned place with little effort at innovative interpretation. Quite stuff and I would't recommend it is suitable families with for children.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Quite small and mainly old renaissance paintings of the religious type which are not my favorites. A few really nice impressionist paintings which were good. Many areas of art not represented here so I was left feeling a little disappointed. It is nicely laid out though and easy to get round.

Thank Alison C
Helsinki, Finland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Allows to see paintings of Scottish and English artists that are not abundant in the museums outside UK

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Port Royal, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great visit. A must see for anyone interested in history and the history of Scotland. A lot of very interesting items on display. A must see

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Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The castle should be visited since it is the main highlight of the city of Edinburgh, However, I did not find it very special. It is a great building from the outside, but from the inside it is all rebuild. It doesn't show anything of how it was in the past, except from the canons etc outside. Edinburgh Castle has... 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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