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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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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
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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The Faces of Britain

This amazing museum, which is around the corner from the much bigger National Gallery, is a great way to learn about famous British people, right up to the present. All the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

This amazing museum, which is around the corner from the much bigger National Gallery, is a great way to learn about famous British people, right up to the present. All the Kings and Queens...and great Rock Bands, too...under one roof. You don't have to be a serious art-lover to love this place. Plus: Nice, bright little cafe for a relaxing... More 

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Thessaloníki, Thessaloniki, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

A gallery with really great stories behind every portrait. Yoy definitely need more time than you can spend to go through alla the portraits and read the stories of the depicted

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Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

The national portrait Gallery in Trafalgar square and Westminster square Centre of London who loves art i suggest to come if you come with you family its takes like a hour because there are lots of room so you dont have time to see all of them or taking photograph i suggest if you come with guide tour its free... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

A terrific place to visit with teens and older. Spectacular portraits of prominent English people, and others...George Washington. Very enjoyable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Really good special exhibition on Singer Sargeant, as a previous one on James 1'sts son who would have been Henry 9th but died at 18 of typhoid. Ongoing permanent exhibition fascinating e.g. we went round Tudors and Stewarts section this time. Terrific restaurant.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

What a wonderful place to wile away a few hours on a rainy day. Better yet come on a Thursday or Friday evening as they are open until 9:00 and most of the tourists will be at the theatre. They often host special exhibits and guest speakers. The Tudor portraits are of great interest as are the celebrityt portraits, but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Heard pro and con, so we had to go to see for ourselves. Wonderful. Great, easy to find exhibits. Great shops. Wonderful and picturesque location.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

I go here every time I'm in London. Its one of my favorite places to visit there. Seeing the portraits of past kings and queens, important historical figures, Henry the 8th ( and his wives ) was just amazing as I had always seen these paintings in books. I cant wait to go there again. ( I did not visit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Superb collection of artwork in a relatively (by London standards) condensed area. Worth dropping in for an hour (be sure to visit the larger National Gallery next door)

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

I'd heard great things about the portrait gallery, but for my taste, I found it fairly boring and wish I'd visited the National Gallery for a second time instead of wasting my time here.

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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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