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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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This was low on our priorities, which we got wrong because we spent several hours in this gallery which had many interesting contemporary painting and works of art.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Grantham, United Kingdom
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Grantham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

This was low on our priorities, which we got wrong because we spent several hours in this gallery which had many interesting contemporary painting and works of art.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Having visited the nearby National Art Museum we did not understand why Edinburgh needed a separate National Portrait Gallery. However, a visit soon dispels the doubts – an outstanding purpose built building, a very good cafe, and some individual interactive video stations that answer, amongst many other things, the question .... “what is a portrait?”. The location of the museum... More 

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Hastings, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Had the best rainy day in the Scottish Portrait Gallery. The layout is fantastic and the portraits displayed in the best light. Loved the musical instrument room!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We saved this attraction for a rainy day and we were rewarded with good interesting portraits and a lovely cafeteria. So good we revisited the Gallery again this time on Scottish History. The Cafeteria is a real attraction and gets very crowded around lunch time. Well worth it. Do not forget to make a contribution..entrance is free.

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Glasgow
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

As well as the Portrait Gallery itself, the restaurant /cafeteria has become an attraction in its own right, providing anything from a snack to a meal where quality is top of the list as well as choice. Cakes, scones, etc. are all home baked and well worth breaking your diet for! They also provide a good choice of light snacks... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We always enjoy the BP portrait gallery and this was no exception. That art on display is exceptional in its quality and detail. I highly recommend visiting!

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Edinburgh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

What a great way to spend an afternoon. Photographic exhibition on South Africa really thought provoking. The environment is spacious and calming. The exhibits are varied (from before Jacobean to present day) and it is free.

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Torquay, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

If you are a paintings of people rather than landscapes, this is the gallery for you. Paintings of the Scottish royals doesn't go back as far as I would have liked, but of course such ancient pictures would be representations rather than really accurate i suppose. Couldn't do the whole content but certainly enjoyed carefully picking and choosing which galleries... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Very good, particularly enjoyed the modern portraits, there were also interactive screens in the Galley area which would be great for Children

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Palm Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Since the NPG changed its luncheon area from a warm wooden wainscoted wall to a slick glass and steel one it has lost all warmth for me. If you like glassy brassy new then go. Food for me is best in a warm cozy environment, now lost. Go if you need to eat.

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