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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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John Singer Sargent friends

We went to the National Portrait Gallery for the second weekend of the John Singer Sargent: Artists and Friends special exhibit. As we didn't plan ahead, we were unable to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

We went to the National Portrait Gallery for the second weekend of the John Singer Sargent: Artists and Friends special exhibit. As we didn't plan ahead, we were unable to purchase tickets on-line without buying an annual membership so we headed to London and took our chances. We arrived at the ticket counter (up the stairs and straight ahead through... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

We spent several wonderful hours in the gallery getting lost amongst the portraits. Each a mini history lesson detailing the artist and the sitter.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

I feel a bit sorry for the national Portrait gallery - they have an incredible collection of portraits & photographs, but I always enjoy a visit to the National Gallery next door more. If you are a Londoner, or visit the city frequently, you should definitely go. We really enjoy guessing who the historical figures are & so exposing the... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

We cheated. We joined the museum so we could avoid the line to see the John Singer Sargent exhibit. Well worth the expense as now we can pop in and see Dr. Pozzi whenever we are in London for the next year. Yes, the rest of the gallery is free but think of all the special events we can attend.... More 

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Lancashire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

Fantastic gallery well worth a visit choose the area you want to see dont try and do the whole place in one day there is just too much to see

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

We visited here for the first time and were amazed by some of the artwork. The layout is great. Well worth a visit.

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Nottingham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

Mesomorising gallery filled with the most incredible international portraits from the medieval to the modern eras. Lots of peaceful areas to sit and admire. loved it !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

This is a great place to visit on a tour of London. Some wonderful art in a relaxed setting. The crowds weren't too bad and admission is free! Cheers to that.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Quite often pop into the NPG as they often swap in new exhibits and entry to the general exhibits is free. This time we came to see the John Singer Sargent exhibition. With five rooms full of his work this was an excellent exhibition, well worth the entrance fee. There waalso s an exhibition of Lord Snowden's portrait photographs which... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

I visited the national portrait gallery a few years ago with my husband (then boyfriend) and for some reason didn't think very much of it. He kept saying how great it was and when we recently went to london with my mother he would always say that one of the things we had to do was go to the portrait... More 

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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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