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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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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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A hidden gem with a great art collection

Not well know, and located in the north wing of Somerset House, the Courtauld is a "must see" for its stunning art collection which is complimented by an ongoing programme of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Not well know, and located in the north wing of Somerset House, the Courtauld is a "must see" for its stunning art collection which is complimented by an ongoing programme of small temporary exhibitions. The gallery may be relatively small, but each artwork is a joy to see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Fantastic, with lovely im- and ex- pressionists collection. Unlike the National Gallery, cosy, not overcrowded - one can admire the works in peace and silence, with no school groups running noisily around (or I was just lucky this time 😉). Perfect for a quick 1-2 hour visit. A must see for art lovers.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

An elegant, small gallery with a really strong Impressionist and post-impressionist section. Glad that I came here and paid the entrance fee - it was a highlight of my weekend in London.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

I couldn't even find it. Where were the signs? Maybe another time. Oh well, the National Gallery is not too far away.

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Wonderful collection of Impressionists beautifully displayed and with great descriptions. Don't miss it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Skip the crowds at those other places (I'm talking to you, Louvre) - the Courtauld prefers quality over quantity, tastefully arranged in a lovely building. You'll see a nice range of paintings from across the ages, with enough time to actually look at them in a little peace & quiet. Nice central location.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Small ,compact and perfect for a quick history of art overview.Cosy cafe and interesting shops to dip into.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

If you are into Impressionist paintings, the Courtauld collection is as good as you can get west of Paris. Housed in a building (Somerset House) constructed to give the Royal Academy operational offices, the gallery is little known to the general public, thus minimal crowds. No feeling of being rushed while you enjoy Manet's "A Bar at the Follies Bergere"... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I went to this gallery having been already to other, more famous ones, in London. I was very pleasant. First because despite being august it wasn't overcrowded and so The visit was much more pleasant. Moreover the art, mainly paintings but also statues, ceramics and other objects, were very good and you could see them very close by. The only... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Charm...charm...charm!!...What beautiful Arcitecture...the restaurant inside....fabulous fish and chips! fabulous...what a great walk about place!...would love to be there at Christmas...it becomes a skating rink...tons of lighted trees!

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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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