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The Courtauld Gallery

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Address: Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN , England
Phone Number: 442078488586
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

The Courtauld Gallery is one of the finest small museums in the world...

The Courtauld Gallery is one of the finest small museums in the world. Its collection stretches from the early Renaissance into the 20th century and is particularly renowned for the unrivalled collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. The Gallery also holds an outstanding collection of drawings and prints and fine example of sculpture and decorative arts.

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Wonderful gallery

This gallery caught me by surprise - set in a beautiful building, the paintings are stunning. I did not imagine that the gallery held such an amazing display by the likes of Van... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Chelmsford Essex

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This gallery caught me by surprise - set in a beautiful building, the paintings are stunning. I did not imagine that the gallery held such an amazing display by the likes of Van Gogh, Manet, Renoir etc. A thoroughly enjoyable visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

On a Wednesday afternoon this wonderful small gallery was almost deserted which meant we had the best possible views of some extraordinary art. The building itself is lovely. Each gallery is small , well laid out and very quiet. Some of the pictures. particularly the Impressionists are very well know and it was amazing to have such good unrestricted view... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Having just come from the British Museum, which is free, I was disappointed to have to pay 7 GBP to get in to see 2 very small floors of art. Yes, there were some wonderful Impressionist works and some Peter Paul Rubens, but I got through the entire exhibit in 20 minutes, even after sitting and admiring at length several... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The most beautiful art experience especially the collection of impressionists is a real gem. Somerset House in which the Courtauld Gallery is placed is a truly amazing place with a wonderful terrace overlooking the Thames.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nicely laid out...some of the galleries are free..the quality of the works displayed is awesome. Nice café in the basement too.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Soaring Flight and Riley/Seurat are two fine temporary exhibitions (on until mid Jan 2016) which offer insights into the artists' contrasting working methods. Both can easily be fitted into a visit with time to explore the gallery's splendid permanent impressionist collection and abstracts by John Golding afterwards. The lovely shop and cafe in the basement are also worth a look.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There was an interesting exhibition on and after taking our time to see everything we went an had a meal at the Cafe which has food for all tastes, from delicious sandwiches to rather good meals. The Cafe is obviously a family meeting place and there were people with their children as well as a rather Bohemian looking gent painting... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Got a couple of hours to spare? Then it's worthwhile heading over to The Strand and taking a look at this Gallery - some high quality and well known works - but in an intimate setting and not overwhelmed with crowds. There is often a special exhibition on in a couple of the rooms for which an extra fee is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A very 'do-able' collection if you have a couple of hours to spare in London and have been to the bigger galleries. Not overcrowded, and moving from room to room was quite comfortable - not like aforementioned huge galleries where, if you are short like me, you have trouble actually viewing the artefacts when the galleries are crowded! Pleasant coffee... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small and intimate compared to London's major art galleries but each piece of artwork is stunning. The cafe is well worth a visit too offering delicious light meals and afternoon teas. I highly recommend a visit.

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