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National Gallery

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Address: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7747 2885
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Hours:
Fri 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Thu 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Dining, Group tours/walking tour
Description: The National Gallery houses the national collection of paintings in the...
The National Gallery houses the national collection of paintings in the Western European tradition from the 13th to the 19th centuries. It is on show 361 days a year, free of charge.
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Always a place to come back to

I have walked these galleries many times over my teenage years and to return in my 50's to such amazing treasures is just sensational, vibrant and every changing exhibitions, keep... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I have walked these galleries many times over my teenage years and to return in my 50's to such amazing treasures is just sensational, vibrant and every changing exhibitions, keep it fresh and exciting along with the history of the old and familiar. Just incredible, The Lord Snowden photography and the portraits currently on display were absolutely fantastic.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

The National Gallery is special. I particularly like the Van Goghs, the Impressionists and the Canalettos and the Guardis. The current show on the Impressionists is fascinating.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Wonderful experience, a must on any London to do list some amazing pieces to view, go as early as possible as it can get busy in afternoon time.

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Reading, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I love going to visit the national gallery on a free afternoon in London. One can get very close to the pictures and I always find it not too crowded, the restaurant downstairs is lovely. I don't know where the cakes come from but they taste homemade.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

The cosmopolitan atmosphere and different exhibitions. It is never overcrowded yet has a great buzz! Attendants are helpful in giving useful advice and directions.

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Windlesham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Lots and lots of paintings. Knowledgeable and helpful staff. Make sure you have plenty of time to do it justice.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Very British. If you want to learn a bit about the history of Britain and be exposed to some great artists and their work, do plan to visit. A plus is that the entire area is worth repeat visits.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

It's free, it's awesome and it's a London must see. If it's your first trip to London, you'll probably be around Trafalgar Square anyways so it's worth checking out some of the world's greatest art collections.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

so much to see. Like most London museams & galleries plan your trip to ensure you see what you want to, still allow a bit of aimless wondering time & take regular breaks. Using the museams own cafes feel liek your supporting this wonder institution but remember, its free, get outside & get a bit of fresh air (a relative... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Absolutely incredible collections of masterpieces. A walk through art history... It brings all the beauty we desire in our daily lives together . I prefer to go alone and walk around for ages... Letting the beauty get soaked in by my eyes...

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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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