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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 #56 of 1,085 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.
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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

The portrait gallery has a good selection of pieces within the main free section of the galleries with a lot of famous faces you will recognise immediately... Keep on going past those too to make the most of your trip, especially in the summer months when the BP portraits awards are being displayed.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

It's always great visiting the latest portraits in this great gallery. It is wonderful to see a gallery dedicated to first rate artists interpreting humanity in all its varied forms.

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Truro, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW via mobile

After the bustle of the National Gallery the NPG is quieter and benefits from that. Portraits from Tudor times to present day there is plenty to see. Exhibitions running included BP Portrait Competition so an excellent afternoon

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Napier, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

If you are interested in people and art, do try and make time to visit. There are portraits spanning hundreds of years (the Tudors are always worth a look - all that symbolism) but I always head to the contemporary portraits and the BP Portrait Award. It's just fascinating to see the hugely varied ways artists depict sitters - this... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

The gallery is bigger than one would expect, but it is free to enter and one can wander through quite easily in an hour (I visited in my lunch break). The Tudor and historical collections were most interesting to me, though some of the modern portraits were really very innovative.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Can't go to London without visiting this incredible place. If you can time it for the BP National Portrait awards then you're in for a treat. London is amazing for it's free galleries and museums so one must make the most of them.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Not the first time I've been here but when I went last month I was impressed all over again. So much to see and for free!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Each summer the Gallery hosts an exhibition of new portraits by lesser known and new artists. This is your chance to see the very best of modern portraiture - they really do look like people and not just blobs. It is free to enter and it is well worth 30 minutes of your time when in Trafalgar Square. Remember to... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We were fortunate the BP Portrait Prize finalist entries were being exhibited. If time permits visit the cafe and have a glass of bubbles - what a view looking over the rooftops of London ( a Mary Poppins experience)

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Saw the ad for this on the tube and dropped what we had planned to go and see this exhibit. It was very interesting and informative. If you are a fan- you must go

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