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National Portrait Gallery

#36 of 2,353 things to do in London
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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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stunning portraits from the past

It's free, except for special exhibits, so there is no pressure. The faces are so interesting, so well done.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

It's free, except for special exhibits, so there is no pressure. The faces are so interesting, so well done.

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Columbia, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

The place is a maze but full of treasures. My husband (a Sharpe fan) was enthralled by the Wellington Exhibition -- a chance to lecture me on the Napoleonic wars. This summer will bring an Audrey Hepburn exhibit. The restaurant books up months in advance so we will have to wait till next time--and there will be a next time!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Similarly to the National Gallery it's a nice place to have a relaxing walk around but it's not the most exciting of venues, if you are limited for time on a trip then it's definitely one to miss.

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Kihei, Hawaii
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

There is so many different types of paintings to see that no one will get bored. It will take a couple of hours and there are different language electronic "guide" to describe each painting.

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Greater Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

What a wonderful place full of extrordinary portraits of royalty and distinguished people both traditional and modern. Glad I finally got around to visiting. Easy access via the tube. Good gift shop on site.

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Tamworth
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

This is one attraction in London that I have overlooked on various visits. I wasn't really sure what to expect but I wasn't disappointed with what I found. I'm not a fan of old portraits but the NPG has a fine selection of portraits of more modern people as well as the old "stuffy" portraits of military men in their... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

There is always an excellent , broad and interesting offering here. It is always in my list to visit when I am in London. A good location and an easy in/out even for an hour is always interesting.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

I really enjoy dropping into this Gallery each time I visit London. An overall amazing place. I particularly enjoy the galleries where the portraits of Tudor and Stewart royalty and other well known individuals are exhibited. There's also a restaurant here which is quite good.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Went to the John Singer Sargent exhibition. Everything I expected, wonderful huge paintings . His ( to my mind ) best painting, Gassed, was not exhibited as it is in the Imperial War Museum, but nonetheless this collection was fabulous. Large canvases with intricate detail. Best one was of a turn of the century opera singer . The detail in... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Lots of great portrait paintings by various famous artists. Figure more time is needed then you plan.

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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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