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National Portrait Gallery

St. Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE, England (Mayfair / St James's / Piccadilly / Green Park )
020 7306 0055
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Ranked #57 of 1,100 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums
Activities: Dining
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: This world-famous museum houses portraits of noted Britons from the Tudors to the present day.
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Has been years since I went here- brought my 10 year old daughter - started at the top and Worked down - would have been better to do it the other way around. We saw most if it, they have interactive screens which is great and keeps the children occupied and interested for longer! Will go again a lot sooner... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

I took a 5 year old here so only went to the 1900s part but we really enjoyed it although his main questions was "who's that, are they dead?" :-/ they gave him a sort of childs trail booklet to follow and a free pencil so he was happy drawing in that. I enjoyed it.

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Stavanger
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Portraits of kings, ministers, actors etc. give a fantastic historical persperctive. We especially liked the more recent portraits of actors like Judi Dench and Maggi Smith.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Really wet bank holiday so came across for a visit..my first in many years. Deapite the number of visitors the gallery handled wet bags, brollies and coats well with a fab cloak room. Permanent collection well organised to show development of portraiture as an artform and to encourage interest in both the subjects ans the artists. BP Award really busy... More

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Salerno, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This is an unusual musem, essentially devoted to portraits of Britons who have contributed significantly to the history, arts ans sciences of Great Britains. Therefore, it's quite limited in scope. Still, I found it interesting and worthy a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The two of us were persuaded by some positive reviews in a couple of the national newspapers to visit the Virginia Woolf exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery and it was well worth the fourteen pounds that we paid for the two tickets. On display were a large number of books, letters and other material from the different periods of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Situated off Trafalgar Square, immediately to the right of the better known National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery is one of the most absorbing and best organized galleries in London -- not to be missed by anyone who has an interest in the major figures of British history. Many of the most familiar portraits of eminent Britons are to be... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

London offers so many museums free to the public it is sometimes hard to choose where to spend your afternoon. This is always one of my favorite to wander with no particular mission as it is always something interesting. In addition the cafe attached to the museum serves a very lovely and reasonably priced afternoon cream tea.

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Dunmow
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Went to this with à group, did go to see Simon Weston portrait and was not disappointed. The group were given a talk on how to inturpt a painting, the lady was very good at her job and we all came away with a better knowledge

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

London offers so many museums and art galleries, it can be hard to narrow it down to just a few. The National Portrait Gallery is definitely one to keep on the list. It's near the National Gallery (also a must-see) and offers a huge array or portraits from the past and present. It's not huge, so won't be too exhausting... More

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