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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Address: 1 Queen St., Edinburgh EH2 1JB, Scotland
Phone Number: 44 131 624 6200
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Thu 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri - Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Description: Visit one of Edinburgh’s most iconic buildings and explore a fascinating...
Visit one of Edinburgh’s most iconic buildings and explore a fascinating overview of Scotland past and present though a wealth of imagery encompassing painting, photography, sculpture and film. Meet the people who have helped shape the nation’s identity at home and abroad from Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie and Robert Burns, through to more recent pioneers in science, sport and the arts.. See this outstanding national Collection in its newly refurbished 19th century home, from the suite of grand, top-lit galleries to smaller, intimate rooms, and discover the new Photography Gallery and the atmospheric Victorian Library. Round off your trip to the Portrait Gallery with a visit to our new café. Serving a delicious menu of fresh dishes and classic recipes, our team are passionate about sourcing the very best local ingredients and seasonal produce. A great place for lunch or even just a coffee break, our family-friendly venue is one of the best cafes in Edinburgh. Admission is free. Charges may apply for special exhibitions.
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Great exhibit and it is free

I love galleries and museums and this one has a good collection both old and contemporary. Lots of interesting works and you can spend hours here just looking around.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

I love galleries and museums and this one has a good collection both old and contemporary. Lots of interesting works and you can spend hours here just looking around.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Its worth going just to see the building, however, its a stunning location to view all the portraits and paintings. Thoroughly enjoyable half day. Edinburgh looks after Scotland's heritage so well!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

You could spend days here if you wanted--and its free !! Just a fabulous advert for Scotland and its past.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

While,not essential, this makes a most pleasant diversion. I saw it after,checking out of my hotel and waiting for a later train to Glasgow. It was a terrific way to spend 90 spare minutes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

This beautiful building houses a great collection of art and information.The library is fascinating.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

It's so conveniently located a the best part (one is tempted to write that it's free but no !) is the the way paintings get to be viewed, just about the right size of gallery before fatigue sets in. We've been to Rome and Florence galleries , of course they are much heavier on the amount of content but this... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

One tends to forget that there are some excellent Scottish artists as well as a fine collection of paintings by renowned foreign artists. It is well worth spending an hour or two visiting the gallery as it is not that busy so one can take time to study the more interesting portraits.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Another beautiful museum and a lot of wonderful art to see. All the museums here are free so there is great value to be had. They have contemporary photos plus lots of original artwork to see. We learned so much from what we saw here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We walked out the train station and came across the gallery. The gallery is made up of 18 rooms with pictures arranged but subject, country artist. There is a lot to see with many beautiful works of art so give yourself time to wander and take in the beauty of the art works

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

A beautiful refurbishment has made this a must visit venue in central Edinburgh, and one that remains quiet because it's a little less well known than some of Edinburgh's galleries at the edge of the city centre. Really great portraits with varying exhibitions to spice things up. It is free to get in, so do make sure you use the... More 

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Additional Information about Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Address: 1 Queen St., Edinburgh EH2 1JB, Scotland
Phone Number: 44 131 624 6200
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > New Town
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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New Town
Suits and shopping bags rule the streets of New Town, until after dark when strappy dresses come out to play. This is the city’s central business district with its smaller offices, clothes boutiques, and many of the city’s flashiest restaurants and ritziest clubs. The architecture along roads like George Street helps give it a swank and formal feel: it’s a planned Georgian development of regal townhouses, geometric squares, and self-important statues. But it’s also a very wanderable neighborhood, with a healthy bustle at almost any time of day and fine people-watching in places like St Andrew's Square which fills with picnickers around lunch. You’ll also find a series of cheerful basement bistros on Hanover Street, while dark Rose Street has something of the feel of an undiscovered back alley and is chock-full of characterful pubs and small independent shops.