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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. 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 Great Way to Spend a Cold, Rainy, Afternoon in London!

In the heart of London, on the Stand, is a little gem of an art gallery tucked away in the Somerset House. This was our second visit, as our first experience years ago was so... read more

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

In the heart of London, on the Stand, is a little gem of an art gallery tucked away in the Somerset House. This was our second visit, as our first experience years ago was so positive we wanted to repeat it - and we were not disappointed! Their collection is quite diverse, though we particularly like the impressionists. The last... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This gallery, like the Wallace Collection, is a little off the beaten track if you compare it with the National Art Gallery; however, it is well worth seeking out. The paintings are well curated and there is plenty of room to stand back and seek out the artists perspective. With few people there at lunchtime on a friday afternoon, I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

For such a small museum, the quality of this collection is astounding. It's known for its impressionist collection and virtually every image will be familiar. The admission price is quite low - 7 pounds - and it's in the center of everything, so this museum really shouldn't be missed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I loved that it was fairly quiet. I spent quite a lot of time admiring the impressionists, especially Manet's "A Bar at the Folies-Bergère".

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Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A delightful small gallery- well worth walking along The Strand. This was my first visit and will certainly return in the future.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This Gallery is lovely. Not too large so that the paintings can be enjoyed ina couple of hours. A fine set of Impressionist paintings and those of a more classical era as well. There is free entry for those holding a National Art Pass. Anthony

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I though based upon the reviews it was going to be better. I liked that it was small and housed some interesting collections but I left wanting for more. Much prefer the Wallace Collection for a small venue.

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Richmond-upon-Thames, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a small quiet gallery with a wide range of excellent paintings. The wonderful collection of Cezannes and contemporaries may be the best things to see but there are also Boticellli, Goya, Rubens,Claude and many more. In the absence of crowds the paintings can be seen properly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

An afternoon to myself, unhurried time to enjoy - and what a treat. A wonderful range of paintings over three or four floors - spacious rooms and the occasional bench from which to rest tired feet and gaze. Small enough to manage in one 'bite' - I will definitely return. £6 entrance fee, £7 with donation, sadly too late for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I rarely visit art museums but we enjoyed the Courtauld Gallery. The paintings were pleasantly arranged and not crowded. Actually the highlight was the Somerset House itself--what a magnificent structure.

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