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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 #60 of 1,108 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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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

I loved the National Portrait Gallery especially when I found the portrait of one of my favorite crime writers, Dorothy L Sayers ! The subjects of the many portraits are interesting in themselves and the different styles of their portraits fascinating. I liked the room of Victorian scientists with Huxley's portrait hanging next to Darwin's.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

The National Portrait Gallery is fun to go through and has some very impressive portraits! It is free so you can easily pop in and out and spend as much time as you have. It is also in a great location near Trafalgar & Leicester Square. I highly recommend this if you find yourself in the area with some time... More

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London UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

I love the National Portrait Gallery. Have visited many times before but today I wanted to see the Virginia Woolf exhibition. It was delightful, full of diaries, letters, first editions, paintings of family and friends as well as VW herself. Loved it. Afterwards I wandered through the ground-floor portraits (love the one by Paula Rego of Germaine Greer) to the... More

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

The National Portrait Gallery was lovely to visit, me and one of my friends with which I travelled to London, we are both huge history buffs and we loved the vast collection of historical portraits this gallery offers, especially of the Tudors and the Stuarts. Don't miss it!

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Farmington Hills, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

The National Portrait Gallery is always on our bucket list during a London visit regardless of how many days we are in town. Today we viewed three exceptional exhibits: The Real Tudors: Kings & Queens Rediscovered (noon lecture on Charles I was excellent); BP Portrait Award 2014; Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision ... Well worth the extra charge. Bonus... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Just back from a trip to London for a family do, but included a trip to the National Portrait Gallery for its new exhibition on Virginia Woolf. It is a stunner! If you are in town before the end of October, 2014, be sure to pay a visit - you will be rewarded. I could go on and on, but... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The Portrait Gallery is a nice one to hit to avoid the excessive crowds of the National Gallery. I was here the other day and while I didn't find it as fascinating as prior visits (not sure why) I thoroughly enjoyed it. I liked the Tudor exhibits with the x-ray images and spent quite a bit of time in the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

First of all it's free, as are most London museums. (So you don't need to devote hours.) Secondly it has the most amazing collection of English historical portraits that you will all have seen photographed. Thirdly it's so convenient. I worked nearby for many years and wandered in for a lunch or hour. I must admit that I often immediately... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

A good way to view the history of England through portraits of some of its most famous individuals. Proximity to other museums is a plus but was disappointed in the top floor restaurant which came highly recommended. It was crowded, very noisy, reservations definitely needed and the food was just average. Very expensive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We had a bit of spare time so popped into the gallery. The current exhibitions are wonderful covering the Tudors and Stuarts and many others we spent an hour or so there but plan to go back as there is so much to see well worth a visit.

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