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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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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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Wonderful and a bit disappointing at the same time

Lovely museum but with an Audry Hepburn retrospective advertised all over the city, we were disappointed that we were unable to see it. No where in the ads does it say you must... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Lovely museum but with an Audry Hepburn retrospective advertised all over the city, we were disappointed that we were unable to see it. No where in the ads does it say you must have a timed reservation (10£) or we would have done that in advance on line . Other than that, there is still a lot to see in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

One of my favorite museums in the U.K. the NPG is always excellent. Its permanent collection is vast and ranges from medieval portraits to 21st century drawings and paintings of people we all recognize. Walk around and you'll see Mick Jagger, Stephen Hawking, Dame Judi Dench, and Maggie Thatcher looking at you from their positions on the walls. There is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We went here with the express view to see the 2015 BP Awards. We were here last year to see the 2014 awards. A fascinating and impressive collect of portraits and a visit well recommended. The works are well displayed with excellent information on each work. This written material so enhances the exhibition.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This free museum has portraits of famous British people throughout the centuries. Currently they have a special exhibit the BP Comtest of many wonderful painters from all over the world. It's a must see

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The gallery really does a great service in that it is preserving for future generations the likeness of so many key fiqures in British and world history.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Nice museum. Free of charge which is great and lovely building. Some wonderful portraits and lovely cafe on the top floor.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Some of the more modern blew me away - felt more like photography than portraiture. Worth at least an hour of wanting about - plus it's free!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We popped in to see the Audrey Hepburn photo exhibition and thoroughly enjoyed it. We also visited the 2015 BP Portrait Prize. A wonderful gallery to wander through and learn about some amazing people.The cafe also has a good range of lunch/tea options.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

The portraits are magnificent and tell much about the history of the UK. Plan to spend at least two hours if you can.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Very disappointed that 10 days prior to arriving in London for a week tried to booked Audrey Hepburn tickets and they were all sold out for duration of my trip. Youd think they would hold back tickets every day for tourists. Told me only way I could get in was to take out year's membership to the Gallery when I... More 

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Address: St. Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE, England
Phone Number: 020 7306 0055
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Trafalgar Square / Embankment
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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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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