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National Gallery

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Trafalgar Square / Embankment
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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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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: Group tours/walking tour, Dining
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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Wonderful, definitely go if you enjoy art. And it's free.

One of the finest art institutes I've seen. Only wish we'd planned more time here, one could wander days and not see all you wanted to see. A VERY fine collection of one master... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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Escanaba, Michigan, United States
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Escanaba, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

One of the finest art institutes I've seen. Only wish we'd planned more time here, one could wander days and not see all you wanted to see. A VERY fine collection of one master after another.

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Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

What a wonderful museum! Great collection, airy and enough space for all visitors. It can be very busy on weekends though!

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St Albans
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

Went up to the Impressionist exhibition which was very well organised and well worth the entry, but the main gallery`s permanent Impressionist offering is also amazing. Its easy to forget just how all encompassing and breathtaking the offering is in the National, when one goes primarily to see a particular exhibition, but it is fantastic!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

Visited the national gallery, London, last week. and spent a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon there. one of the attendants was a little over zealous l thought. but then life would be very dull if we were all the same. hence the wonderful and varied art collection. Michelle Pickering

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

I always walk into the National Gallery, Just my favorite in the world! Its free, its enjoyable and central, when you get tired and want to do something else

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McKinney, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

I can't draw a straight line. Nor can I paint. But to see these incredible originals in person is amazing. And they even let you take pictures of the pictures! Once again, you need to decide on a genre or two that you really like, because you could spend all day here. But if you're at Trafalgar Square, do pop... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

The National Gallery has an incredible wealth of art from the 13th through to the 20th century. There are many famous paintings and all sorts of pieces to discover. If (like me), you don't know much about art but are interested in learning, the Gallery offers great free tours and their website is excellent - tons of useful resources. When... More 

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Turin, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

This Huge, wonderful collection Give you the possibility to enjoy stunning artwork for free... It' amazing! You can admire Van Gogh's paintings as well as Leonardo's.

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Bangalore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

We could manage only a hurried visit to the place.However, if you are deeply interested in arts, I would recommend you spend at least half a day here. And those who don't want to pay the entry fees, just visit the entrance and spend some time there ;-) . The facade is beautiful and the fluttering pigeons add to the... More 

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Kingsbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

Great to see this wonderful gallery again after many years - so many famous works of art under one roof. Such a good space that can accomodate the many tourists that pour through the doors. The National Cafe too was first rate for drinks with a bun!

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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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