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“Wow, what a change!”

Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Ranked #24 of 398 things to do in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Wow, what a change!”
Reviewed 16 April 2012

The 'new' SNPG is outstanding. It is as important to look upwards as it is to look straight ahead, and the cafe offers excellent food. I remember the old SNPG as being dreary and dark. Now it is bright and calls you from different corners. Quite inspiring.

Visited April 2012
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Stunning building, great art and nice and quiet!”
Reviewed 15 April 2012 via mobile

Fantastic gem hidden away in the heart of Edinburgh. I've lived here for years and never gone, what a mistake. Much quieter than the other galleries in Edinburgh bust just as good. Well worth a visit and hey if you don't like it it's free so get over it!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Interesting”
Reviewed 14 April 2012

A bit hidden away but worth a visit and an attractive building. Pay special attention to the frieze in the entrance hall!

Visited March 2012
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“Interesting Exhibition”
Reviewed 14 April 2012

i saw a good photographic exhibition about immigration aas well as some good portraits of Hot Scots!

Visited April 2012
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“wonderful artwork”
Reviewed 14 April 2012

fantastic gallery,if you like beautiful works of art then this is a place to visit

Visited April 2012
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