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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 #54 of 1,084 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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Scot in England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We popped into here as we had been recommended to go and it was really interesting. Lots of paintings of historical figures and information about the great scandals in British history. An additional plus on a hot summer's day (32 degrees) is that it was beautifully air conditioned. A real quiet, tranquil hidden gem away from the hustle and bustle... More

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Went to the Virginia Wolf exhibit and learned so much through the collection of paintings, drawings and artifacts. I really felt like I had stepped into her life for a moment, for better or worse. And love the painting of the duchess at the entrance too!

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surrey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We popped in here and were pleasantly surprised there are some fabulous portraits in here of the rich and famous. It s a free attraction although some areas are sectioned off and require an entrance fee. There are not just paintings but some photos as well. The full size portrait of dame Judi Dench was wonderful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Wish we had had more time to visit. This was a lovely and free exhibit. Be careful- it isn't very well advertised, but no photography!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

The highlights for us were the Tudor portraits, a small portrait of George Eliot, one of young Dickens, and Cassandra's portrait of Jane Austen. Everything else was also good fun to see!

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Every time I go to London, the first port of call is usually the NPG is it has a collection that can be divided up into historic periods and one can usually concentrate on these in turn whilst also visiting the special exhibitions. Recently it was the WW1 portraits and this time it was the BP Portrait Award 2014 exhibition.... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

A gem of a place and the restaurant has superb views over London to the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye. The menu was innovative and good value considering where we were. our second visit recently and we will go again.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

I went in to see the Holbein's which I've always thought are amazing as you feel as though you almost knew the kings, queens and great statesmen through what was effectively the photograph of those times. I wasn't disappointed and there was much more with great pictures right up to present day, including some amazing Regency paintings. Not one for... More

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Sydney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

I went there with no expectations and was really surprised how enjoyable this gallery is... I thoroughly enjoyed the Tudor and Stuarts portraits and it added to my enjoyment of the whole English experience. Seek out the tiny portrait of Jane Austen...

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Clitheroe
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The gallery itself was superb as you'd guess but the café was a surprise. It's a truly pleasant place to have a bite to eat and a quiet drink. When you think of the bedlam of Trafalgar square outside it's like a peaceful oasis.

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