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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

1 Queen St., Edinburgh EH2 1JB, Scotland
44 131 624 6200
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Ranked #12 of 156 Attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Cultural
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Visit one of Edinburgh’s most iconic buildings and explore a fascinating overview of Scotland past...
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Type: Art Museums, Cultural
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Hours:
Thu 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri - Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

The beatifully-restored gallery allows the visitor to take a walk through Scotland's history. Add to that a good cafeteria and this is a great couple of hours for a teenage family!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

This gallery wasn't even on any of the maps, we found it by accident. Shame on you Scottish Tourist Board! The building itself is a piece of Victorian architecture and has been restored. I was delighted as the BP Portrait award exhibition, which I had missed viewing at London's Portrait Gallery, had been sent up to the Edinburgh Gallery and... More 

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Westminster, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

You really get a good idea of the vast history of Scotland as they have images dating back into the 15th century. Awesome experience!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

I have always had a mixed impression of this gallery. While as a resident I treasure Edinburgh's free galleries, I have always enjoyed the National Gallery, the Modern and the Belford better than this place. Why? I have never liked the architecture; like the Scott Monument it is very Gothic and ornate which isn't to my taste. I always found... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

It it is a very big Museum and you can see in there very nice pictures. If you interested in art and this kind of thing, you Will go there

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Hi I would recommend this to anyone. Not just for Art lovers. amazing Paintings etc. from Scotland and all around the world. It shows just a wee bit of our countries fantastic Art and heritage. Amazing collection. This is apparently just a sample as there is so much more in Storage. I was surprised there appeared to be more people... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Having waited till 10am for the Christmas market to open to buy a crepe for breakfast we discovered the stallholders were in no rush to open, we spotted the gallery had a restaurant and was open for breakfast. We did expect it to be very pricey but it wasn't at all. We were quickly shown to a seat and given... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

We visited here on a cold damp afternoon. We started in the restaurant where we shared afternoon tea for one and bought an extra pot of tea. We were shocked at the volume of food which was supposed to be for one person which included 3 scones! The galleries were spacious and well displayed, but there is a little too... More 

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Camberley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

A very interesting gallery with a story of Scottish history told through the excellent notes about each painting. The current WW1 exhibition is also worth the visit. And yes, it's free!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

We love visiting all the Edinburgh Art galleries especially the Dean and the Modern Art Galleries (now called the Modern One & Two) along with the Portrait gallery the art on view is always brilliant. The cafes too are great places to eat and drink.

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