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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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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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one of the great museums

It's free, so we could drop in, soak up the wonderful images, and not feel pressured to see everything at one time. Also, the plaza in front of the museum is great for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
CaryC1968
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

It's free, so we could drop in, soak up the wonderful images, and not feel pressured to see everything at one time. Also, the plaza in front of the museum is great for people-watching.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

I do like wandering around the National Gallery, but if you were on a short trip to the capital I wouldn't necessarily recommend it. Tate Britain is probably a better option if you're only going to see one art gallery.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed what we saw but missed the 19th century galleries because access areas were closed. The main restaurant is rather pricey.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

I love wandering around this gallery and it's amazing that there is no entrance fee! The gift shop is also excellent . I'm a local so it's good to be able to return whenever I please but I think it's a must -see for tourists and the location off Trafalgar Square is excellent.

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

There was industrial action when we visited and many rooms closed, so much of the artwork we saw was not British. Also, more space was devoted to the shops and catering than actual paintings.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Went to see the Monet and Turner paintings. Had a quick look around other exhibits which were good. Not too busy, albeit very warm!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

This is a lovely building containing lovely paintings. We concentrated on the impressionist paintings as we like these best but we also enjoyed those by Turner and Constable. Would have liked to have had more time to spend here

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

This was my first time I saw art of paintings by artists. Unfortunately the guides were too slow. Did not enjoy the atmosphere and very musty smell. Paintings were too high and give myself neck ache. wouldn't visit again but still good if you like art which I do not

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Needs no review. It speaks for itself. Fab u lous. One of the places of interest that visitors to London, given the time, should give at least half a day to....and a packed meal!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Seeing old masters in real life was an exhilarating experience having studied many of them at school. Went to an Impressionist Exhibition whilst over crowded was amazing to be there too. Lunch in the dining room an added treat

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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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