We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

National Portrait Gallery

St. Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE, England (Mayfair / St James's / Piccadilly / Green Park )
020 7306 0055
Improve this listing
Ranked #60 of 1,134 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.
Write a Review

1,354 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Hebrew first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Toccoa, Georgia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

After many trips to London, this was my first time to wander through the National Portrait Gallery. I was pleasantly surprised and spent far longer than I would have expected and enjoyed every minute. The layout is excellent, as you worked your way through history and read the accompanying historical notes. Will go back to see more on my next... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Vancouver, Canada
Top Contributor
141 reviews 141 reviews
88 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

This was a great place to visit when we were killing some time before our show a few blocks away. We had some specific areas we headed for so did not see the whole gallery. What we did see was the more modern/current somewhat familiar portraits and some of the Tudors. We are not art critics but simply like/dislike what... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Melbourne, Australia
Top Contributor
128 reviews 128 reviews
38 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed our trip to this great gallery - except for the hundreds of school children! Great displays and all really interesting. One of those great free attractions that is such a part of London.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Blackpool, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Im glad I went and i liked some of the portraits, i loved the tudors section but the ground floor was dissapointing, there is a painting of many people i didnt recognise! what happened to the paintings completed on artiste portrait of the year? there was soooo much space to put more paintings up! such a shame, still not bad... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Plymouth, England, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Being obsessed with portraiture this was a lovely surprise visit organised by my husband. A wonderful selection of portraits across the ages and in different styles. I wasn't expecting to enjoy the Tudor section as much as I did. Staff very helpful and friendly.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Helsinki, Finland
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

I visited Morris exhibition, which gave new pieces of information for me especially for his impact and legacy for future generations. So this is not so much 19th century exhibioton telling anout Preraphaelite Brotherhood but 20th century exhibition about Crafts and Art, idealistic socialism and garden city model.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
167 reviews 167 reviews
27 attraction reviews
213 helpful votes 213 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

I have been to this Gallery numerous times, the most recent of which was 3 weeks ago for a date. What I like doing is going back every year or so and seeing the new pieces, or ones that have been rotated from the vaults. Very centrally located, next to the National Gallery, off Trafalgar Square, this is a prized... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Houston, Texas
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

I loved seeing the portraits of old kings and queens, but I was a history major. On the other hand, there were also unexpected surprises such as modern portraits of Maggie Smith, Judy Dench, Paul McCartney, Winston Churchill and other famous figures. Lots of Tudors, Stewarts and Windsors.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
140 reviews 140 reviews
41 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

We initially went to see the Virginia Woolf exhibition which was intimate and special .We had a very enjoyable lunch in the restaurant , for which you need to book. Good food with excellent views from on high over London. We then went through floor 2 which had amongst other things an enthralling exhibition focussed on the Tudors. For me... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Horwich, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

A brilliantly curated exhibition of original portraits of historical celebrities with much insider information about the techniques and styles of the artists included.The painted detail, especially the rendering of 'gold' on material and jewellery, without using gold leaf, is quite amazing. Get up close and see. Check their website for details. Not to be missed by historians and artists alike.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed National Portrait Gallery also viewed


Been to National Portrait Gallery? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing