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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 #50 of 1,045 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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Ambleside, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

5 Stars for being free and having some cool things! Not my favorite museum but I would go back and spend a bit more time.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Something really different and such wonderful photos. Each tells a different story. Even if you are not an art fanatic worth a trip.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

I didn't think we British did free, when it comes to culture and history, but apparently we do, and here we have done it well. I can't help thinking that a certain scene out of Skyfall has added to an over crowding in one particular room. This place is worth a visit. Brilliant.

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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 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

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

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

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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