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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: 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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Tons of European art from 1200-1900, facinating.

Large collections of art, many of it from contemporary artists. Get head sets information given was very interesting.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Ocala, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Large collections of art, many of it from contemporary artists. Get head sets information given was very interesting.

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Thessaloníki, Thessaloniki, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Starting from the building, this gallery is amazing! Dreamy destination for art lovers and not. I recommend it 100%.

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

... well perhaps not but I go there regularly and love the place. strongly recommend the guided tours

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

I really love that it's free admission - art should be available to all. A really broad collection of European masters from all over the continent. Located in Trafalgar Square it's easy to get to. On a sunny day, lots of people hang out on the steps, great people watching.

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

As it is so large (like most London galleries/museums) you are best to just focus on a particular period or style

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

I've visited three times, and still haven't seen half of it. Oh, and the souvenir shop is just great, with postcards and posters of some of the best paintings ever. I will definitely be back soon!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Brilliant exhibition. Audioguides improved. Somewhat crowded. National Gallery REALLY needs to improve ventilation and cooling in crowded exhibitions like this.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

So much to see here. I made two visits during my week here and it was still not enough. The modern section was my favorite. Van Gogh's Sunflowers was thrilling, as was The Bathers by Seurat.What also fascinated me was the floor tile mosaics near the main entrance. You can spend hours here! And the basement cafe was perfect for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Can't believe we hadn't visited The National Gallery, before. But once in the building, we truly spent most of one day, and barely grazed the proverbial surface of the collection...by 4:50 p.m. I was still in the Renaissance. We met an expert on Botticelli and the Platonic circle around Lorenzo de' Medici; love having this sort of long chat!

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Been there a few times but always see something new and think it's large enough to explore anew each time. Wonderful collection and features some of the best and most influential artwork in the world. There is something for everyone and their favourite era.

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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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