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“Beautiful building”

Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Ranked #34 of 433 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.
Reviewed 21 July 2014

This building was so very elegant and we spent a lovely couple of hours walking round and then having a coffee in the cafe. The food looked amazing but we resisted the cakes.

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Reviewed 20 July 2014

Paintings and artefacts nicely displayed... Loving the fact that pictures are allowed at least in the hall...

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Reviewed 20 July 2014

Come face to face with Scotland, past and present, at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. See 4 exhibitions, 11 displays and some exceptional must sees.

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Reviewed 19 July 2014

Brilliant place to see the old masters. Like to pop in when through in Edinburgh. We have started to introduce our granddaughter and she was fascinated.

Thank Sandra F
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Reviewed 18 July 2014

nice spacious building - very clean and polite informative staff
we only went in as it was raining and I'm not a fan but if you are then fab
didn't view photography exhibition as you had to pay

Thank sararuss
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