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National Portrait Gallery

Address: St. Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE, England (Mayfair / St James's / Piccadilly / Green Park )
Phone Number: 020 7306 0055
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Ranked #28 of 918 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Activities: Dining
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This world-famous museum houses portraits of noted Britons from the Tudors to the present day.
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Activities: Dining
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Hours:
Thu - Fri 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Wed 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: This world-famous museum houses portraits of noted Britons from the Tudors to the present day.

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Palma de Mallorca, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

We always enjoy a visit to the National Portrait Gallery when we visit the city, so much to see and enjoy, Free entrance which is a bonus, great & interesting works of art, lovely coffee shop & fabulous restaurant on the top floor with spectacular views of the rooftops of London. Don' miss your chance to visit, it's worthwhile!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

It may not be as famous as the National Gallery, which it adjoins, but is worth a visit if you have an hour or more to spare. Although it is on several levels there are plenty of lifts so anyone with mobility problems should have no difficulty. Apart from its marvellous permanent collection, there are several temporary shows every year.... More 

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Cumbria, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Wonderful Who Are You? creations from the best transvestite potter in the business. Having watched the Channel 4 series it was a real pleasure to see the artworks dotted around the gallery. Three cheers for Grayson Perry and NPG for an imaginative way of displaying this exhibition.

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Seaford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I love stepping in every so often to look at some of my favourite people currently Dame Judi Dench is one of those. However the regular exhibitions are great too. Particularly enjoyed Grayson Perry - in fact I have taken 2 lots of friends there to see Who are You? It is free as well although I do pay if... More 

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El Cajon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

While we're not art lovers per se, we did find this to be a beautiful museum with some fantastic works of art. Be it Renoir, Cezanne, Van Gogh, it was all in here. Gorgeous works of art with so much history throughout the gallery. Located right at Trafalgar Square, this is a great jumping off point to see all that... More 

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I went for a specific reason, to see the work of Christian Hook whilst it was still on display. It was easy to get around without feeling too rushed or cramped. Bit disappointed not to have seen all his compositions from the competition on show as I had thought this would be the case.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

What a feast - the Grayson Perry exhibits of tapestry and ceramics so cleverly presented in the gallery. I really enjoyed the challenge of finding each piece, as did everyone in our group. The visitors were absorbed in there appreciation of his work, particularly the Bank Note tapestry. What a great visit, and a great gallery.

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Yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

A wonderful collection of art. Well laid out plans of the gallery help in seeing all or some of what you like. Will revisit.

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Upminster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

A friend and I visited here last night for the first time. It was thoroughly enjoyable, especially the Tudor and the Grayson Perry exhibitions. The layout of the exhibits were a little confusing, as in not clearly sign posted, so we made an adventure of just walking around to see where we ended! They had a shop and coffee shop,... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Several highlights - Grayson Perry's thought provoking ceramics, tapestries and sketches intertwined into the other contemporary portraits on the first floor; Selected portraits from the SKY Arts competition; fabulous portraits of well known people from the recent and not so recent past. Beautifully laid out, clearly sign-posted and a very good map of the Gallery. First class. Pity about the... More 

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