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The Courtauld Gallery

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Address: Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN , England
Phone Number: 0207 8348 2526
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Description: The Courtauld Gallery is one of the finest small museums in the world. Its...
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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Goya

It was a very interesting exhibition of Goya's prints and cartoons. The main exhibition was excellent too.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

It was a very interesting exhibition of Goya's prints and cartoons. The main exhibition was excellent too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

There are three floors of stunning paintings all of which are displayed in period rooms. The ceilings themselves are works of art. A flight of stairs spiraling down to basement courtyard is beautiful. Very clean toilets located here. The courtyard cafe serves a small menu yet very tasteful. A good place to have a coffee before proceeding to the Embankment... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Courtauld Gallery has a wide representation of Impressionist period art. Not always masterpieces. Did have an excellent Van Gogh self portrait. No discount admission on Mondays. If you have to choose, the National Gallery has a far better collection. It was quiet and peaceful inside and the building that houses the collection is beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

A surprisingly good art gallery. Very nice collection and a great special exhibit on the day of my visit. Will be top of my list on future visits.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Fantastic collection of impressionists. Also some older medieval works but the impressionists are the highlight. At Somerset house

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

There is an elevator, but lots of stairs. Art is on 3 floors. Nice small gallery. Cezanne, Degas, Renoir, Manet and Monet. Nice little cafe on lower level and a courtyard with a fountain.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Not too big. Nice pieces, happy with a few impressionist gems. Good setting, convenient from many points of interest.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Great venue at Somerset House. We last went to see Goya. Late nights special exhibitions are worth visiting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

It's one of the best museums in London for impressionist art. They also have a really classic tea room in the basement.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

In this gallery you can find the most famous paintings made in impressionist period, from Gauguin "Te Rerioa" and "Nevermore" to Degas "Dancers on a stage" and Toulouse Lautrec, Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh and others. Free entry for students with card. Temporary hexibits has got paid admission. Very nice and relaxing café at the lower ground.

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Trafalgar Square / Embankment
With its iconic Nelson’s Column, majestic oversized lions and brightly-lit fountains, Trafalgar Square is not just considered the heart of this bustling London hub, but the very core of the city itself. Beyond this esteemed gathering place are more famous icons, as well as a disproportionate numbers of the city’s most popular cultural attractions including the National Gallery and many West End theaters. Along the way to these major sites are quiet lanes and antiquated pubs to discover, as well as riverside vistas to enjoy on the embankment. With a calendar full of celebratory events, any time of year is a fine time to visit.
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