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“A Gem.”

Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Ranked #25 of 402 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.
Morecambe, England, United Kingdom
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“A Gem.”
Reviewed 16 May 2014

This gallery is wonderful, when we visited the feature was Scotish comedians and was a delight but lots of other permanent features of interest [seek out the death masks].
Not to be missed.

Visited May 2014
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“free entrance”
Reviewed 15 May 2014

very nice pictures ... so if you have a couple of hours free .. it's worthful.....................................

Visited May 2014
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“Great visit”
Reviewed 14 May 2014

I really enjoyed my visit to the portrait gallery. The building has been recently renovated and is looking very fine. The staff were friendly and helpful in spite of us arriving just an hour before closing time. The highlight for me had to be the queen in all her finery standing in the middle of a highland glen , she looks very serious.

Visited May 2014
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west yorkshire
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

Great photography exhibition.
Didn't know there were so many famous Scots.
Excellent cafe would recommend for coffee or lunch

Visited May 2014
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Lasswade, United Kingdom
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“Hidden cafe in Queen st. Gallery”
Reviewed 12 May 2014

We went for a coffee and cake. Conveniently sited within Portrait gallery. Good to remember for a toilet stop too!
Cakes were good but expensive...macaroon was about £2+
A busy cafe so mealtimes would be a problem for seating I think.

Visited June 2013
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