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National Portrait Gallery

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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
Activities: Dining
Description: 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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Wonderful gallery to spend half a day just wandering around. It is well laid out and easy to walk around but on this occasion we used an audio guide which at £3 was great value... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
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Warwick, United Kingdom

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Warwick, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

Wonderful gallery to spend half a day just wandering around. It is well laid out and easy to walk around but on this occasion we used an audio guide which at £3 was great value and made the visit even more interesting. Sadly some of the "highlights" as mentioned on the audio tour were missing and the downstairs café was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

I first visited in the 80's and had to go back when I was in London and just love the Portrait Gallery. I just love the history and enjoy reading the stories next to the portraits on the walls. I could spend hours there and I think we did. My children loved it as well. Think about going to this... More 

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

I love this gallery. Apart from changing exhibitions, you get a history of England from Tudor times by following the galleries in alphabetical order. It is useful for leaving your luggage when calling in either on route to or from your hotel. Visited May 2015

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

It had been recommended to me by a friend to visit this lovely place to try the food. I particularly wanted to try the Olive and Artichoke Burrata starter and the vegetable soup. It was very tasty and since the restaurant is positioned on the top floor of the gallery, the view was absolutely stunning. The food was not the... More 

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

First time I've been to the National Portrait Gallery. Great experience, smooth bag check. The exhibition's opening day and what an exhibition! Wonderful images of one of my childhood role models. No hurry to 'move along', was able to take my time studying each notation and then the images themselves. Fantastic photography. I gained a lot of knowledge about such... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

If you like art portrait, I think this gallery is a good choice for you to spend a peaceful quiet day here. However, the gallery is not very very big, and it got crowded during my visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

It always amazes me that to sit on a deck chair in a park will cost you a fee but you can go to a world-class gallery such as the NPG and see a king's ransom in exquisite paintings for nothing. It's well worth a visit as all the works are top class and there is lots of room, ample... More 

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

I love this gallery. Apart from changing exhibitions, you get a history of England from Tudor times by following the galleries in alphabetical order. It is useful for leaving your luggage when calling in either on route to or from your hotel.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

I think there was a Guardian article some time back that referred to the NPG as "shiny" and "new." I don't know what it was like in past times but I can say it did seem very new-ish indeed. Where else can you see accurate representations of Mary Tudor, William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, John Henry Newman, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Jane... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

We visited mostly to see the Tudor portraits. Richard III, the Henry's etc. they are amazing! Then lunch in the rooftops in the excellent top floor restaurant. Finished off with the 2015 BP portrait exhibition which was amazingly good. Catch it if you can! And all for whatever donation you want to leave. Fantastic five hours!!

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Address: St. Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE, England
Phone Number: 020 7306 0055
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Trafalgar Square / Embankment
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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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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