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National Portrait Gallery

#33 of 1,298 things to do in London
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Address: St. Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE, England
Phone Number: 020 7306 0055
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Thu - Fri 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Wed 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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This world-famous museum houses portraits of noted Britons from the Tudors...

This world-famous museum houses portraits of noted Britons from the Tudors to the present day.

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Fascinating for both adults and children

We went to the National Portrait Gallery with our two young children and we all enjoyed the visit. Entry is free. There is a huge amount to see, from paintings of historical... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went to the National Portrait Gallery with our two young children and we all enjoyed the visit. Entry is free. There is a huge amount to see, from paintings of historical figures to portraits of twentieth century icons. Our children enjoyed in particular the Tudor section where they could see portraits of the kings and queens that they had... More 

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

went here with my wife to fill an hour, very interesting to see all the monarchs in order, very well laid out exhibits with some interesting facts

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Thank stephen s
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I've been to London many a time, but confess that this was the first time I made it here. What I (as in me) most enjoyed was the portraits of guys (no gals!) known to me through literature, science, art, etc., such as Garrick, watt, Johnson cum Boswell, etc. I highly recommend tea on floor 3 for the view! ;... More 

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Thank tasteandvalue
Yorkshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We spent a couple of hours in the gallery and learned small but interesting amounts about some of the people who's portraits hang in a few of the rooms of this amazing gallery. I know we were probably supposed to notice the artists techniques and wizardry as you do in the National Gallery next door. Frankly my daughter and I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

First day of the exhibition and a great one to. Good access if a little busy. Don't think the audio that goes with the exhibition is that good as it doesn't do things in sequence or related to what you are looking at. Start backwards through the exhibition as that works better.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We enjoyed our time at the National Portrait Gallery - there were lots of new portraits of famous people and it is well worth a visit.

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Thank rainbow1939
Sheffield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A truly amazing collection of portraits spanning hundreds of years. There is always something new to see and it is a great way of teaching children history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Apparently this place is like the little brother of to the national gallery and doesn't get much love, which is a shame. You have to enter right on the side of the National Gallery and it was pretty empty when I got there. A lot of interesting portraits to see there and a big lesson in history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a great stop in London admission is free but some special exhibits you pay for. It's often crowded so try to find an off peek time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I could have spent my entire vacation here. I found so many of the portraits captivating -- esp. the newly acquired, unfinished portrait of the Duke of Wellington, which was so amazing, it brought tears to my eyes -- I didn't see nearly as much in my two visits as I would have liked to have seen. After my first... More 

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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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