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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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Plenty to see

We must have passed several hours looking at many paintings. There are lots of impressionists plus other well known artists such as Constable and Turner. There was no entry charge... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

We must have passed several hours looking at many paintings. There are lots of impressionists plus other well known artists such as Constable and Turner. There was no entry charge and it was a great experience.

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Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW via mobile

Personally for me I find any museum boring, however on family recommendation we decided to go. Very interesting museum which my children enjoyed, the loved learning about rocks & see all the different types of animals. Was disappointed we couldnt go into the dinosour museum due to the lengthy Q. A little confusing how to exit the premises once we... More 

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

I loved the National but it was very crowded. Almost impossible to see the 'famous' paintings but that didn't worry us too much. Many, many people though seemed to be there not for the art but to sleep on the couches which made the whole place feel a bit weird! That said - we were there on a rainy half-term... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

One of the places an art lover must see in London is the National Gallery. A collection of great paintings including my favourite Monet Waterliles. Not too huge, doable in half a day, scattered seats are a bonus. Even my 8 year old was beginning to recognize some styles and artists and enjoyed the visit. All for FREE! Also a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Great exhibition!!! It takes about 4-5 hrs to see it. Rent the audio guide. You can take photos with no flash.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Much to my disappointment, most of my favorite parts were closed due to a strike. I don't question the reasons or legitimacy of the strike, but just doesn't seem right to simply close most of such an important museum, definitely a London highlight.

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Brea, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

This is one of the World's most famous art museums with beautiful collections of the Renaissance, the Dutch period and Impressionism.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

The art is varied and stunning, visit and enjoy the day. It is free but please make a donation so that it can carry on being free.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

The National Gallery is in my view the best Art Gallery in the world. It may not have the collection the Louvre or the Galleria degli Uffizi have, but the way art is displayed is wonderful. From Duhrer to Caravaggio, from Paolo Uccello to Van Eick, from Rembrant to Rubens and on and on it's an absolute paradise on earth.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Brilliant, amazing, stunning. I could've sat all day and looked at some of the paintings. Such artistic talent

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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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