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National Portrait Gallery

#33 of 1,282 things to do in London
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Trafalgar Square / Embankment
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Address: St. Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE, England
Phone Number: 020 7306 0055
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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

This world-famous museum houses portraits of noted Britons from the...

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

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you must one time in your life to go and see Goya Portrets exhibition .Very god audio guide tour and Amazing pictures.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

you must one time in your life to go and see Goya Portrets exhibition .Very god audio guide tour and Amazing pictures.

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Twyford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

We saw the recent series with Simon Shama on British Portraits. It was a brilliant series and the allure of five rooms of art from that series was too good too miss. As they were distributed around the other galleries it was a good taster too see what else is on show. The Shama art is on display until January... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I read a lot of historic novels and it was great to see paintings of the people I've been reading about. It's a manageable museum with an audioguide which was very informative.

Thank fran32
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

First of all, I tried the gallery's restaurant for breakfast. I ordered a scrambled egg with a cup of coffee. The scrambled egg contained salmon on the side. I enjoyed the breakfast as it was tasty and not overpowering. The coffee was slightly towards the more bitter side. So some might not like how bitter it taste, to me however... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great gallery, amazing location and such a fab collection! Very impressive range of portraits in all different mediums, would definitely recommend!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Just beside the National Gallery, you will find the National Portrait Gallery. This is a much smaller museum but it gives a fascinating walh through the history of the UK. One of the most exciting portrait is the original (and only) William Shakespeare's portrait. While in Trafalgar Square you should definitely pop in even for a quick tour.

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I have been here lots of times over the years and i love it here. There is lots to look at and best of all it is free to enter

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Less often visited than its counterpart next door (i.e. The National Gallery), I was impressed with the historical portraits of the kings and queens and famous people. It is a well-presented museum, but I would say it is more of a rainy-day activity than a sunny day one.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A fresh and different perspective from Simon Schema on the identity of people. I found.the Power section particularly interesting, showing the tension between sitter and artist and the Love selection so poignant - resonating with portraits of passionate and loss.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Smaller that its neighbour the National Gallery the Portrait Gallery is easier to negotiate. If you want to view everything my suggestion is go straight to the top floor and work your way down. The range of portraits on display is remarkable many of familiar names and personalities End your visit at the basement café and enjoy the cheapest cafetiere... More 

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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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