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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 #56 of 1,041 attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Take advantage of this gallery while in London, it houses many, many famous works of art (it's also FREE!). Even if you're not an art lover you will recognize a number of pieces and if you take an audio guide (also highly recommended! or free with the London Pass) you will learn so much! I would have to rate this... More

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

You cannot fault this free attraction, because of the variety and eclectic nature of the exhibits. Pop in for a quick browse or spend a few hours, you won't be disappointed like you might be at the Tate!

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Oxford, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Liked: the wide range of portraits displayed. I especially liked the recent additions of the Simon Weston and Duchess of Cambridge portraits, and visited the 19th Century gallery, housing portraits of Queen Victoria and Price Albert, plus many British politicians, artists and writers. Disliked: nothing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is free. Small but wide-ranging in scope, from statement pieces to painful realities. Go early as it gets packed. Small cafe in basement, pleasant when one goes in at 10.30am ahead of the rush. Toilets and cloakroom are free too, service at every point is excellent.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

For anyone who enjoys either classic paintings or British history, the National Portrait Gallery is a wonderful place to take in many wonderful paintings of past royals and others. A great way to spend a rainy day in London (and not bad for a sunny day either!).

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Excellent photographic exhibition over the years of David Bailey's work. Also view the new painting of Simon Weston; The People's Choice 2014

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

The National Portrait Gallery overlooks Trafalgar Square in London. I went there with 4 children aged 5-10, with different interest spans depending on what was on offer Portrait wise ( it's divided up in a massive amount of smaller rooms - filled with artists or styles of art. It was worth going to especially as it's so easy to get... More

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Excellent exhibition and would highly recommend to the baby boomer generation. As well as providing a peak into South London and the pop generation it includes a number of thought provoking images. Finally do not leave without visiting the first world war exhibition as you leave, it is truly moving watching you men cheerfully marching to almost certain death.

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Gillingham, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Never have I been so disappointed with an exhibition... If David Bailey curated this retrospective of his work, then he needs glasses. Many portraits had tops of heads missing, were poorly printed, had lighting shadows, reflections of lighting equipment clearly visible in glasses and to be honest were poorly posed. many would not get past the first round of any... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

this gallery has everything a museum goer could want...it has a permanent collection that is a romp through british history from tudors to stuarts to.... the special exhibits are fantastic...i have visited exhibits ranging from the jubilee exhibit for queen elizabeth ii to manray to bailey's stardust... the space is limited so the curators have to judiciously choose for this... More

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