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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Address: 1 Queen St., Edinburgh EH2 1JB, Scotland
Phone Number: 44 131 624 6200
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Ranked #12 of 195 Attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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, Museums
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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34 reviews 34 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

The building is wonderful and a treat to walk around, even if there wasn't art on the walls! The atmosphere is calming and you are able to have a really personal experience (or perhaps it was unusually quiet on my visit. It is always a thrill to see paintings in real life rather than on Google so I'd highly recommend... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

It is free. It is in a beautiful bilding in the new town. It is indoor. It is a very scottish experience!! If the weather is terrible (as often happens in Edinburgh ) this is the perfect destination for you. The collection is impressive. You can spend easily 2 hours only in the main section. Many many portrait with tartan... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

My fiancee and I visited this as a total surprise to me, and I really enjoyed the architecture of the building as well as the exhibits. We were so wrapped up in the sport in Scotland exhibition that we were definitely the last to leave the building! I intend to return, very enjoyable.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

They can easily boast of having some of the best masters from all times. The collection is pretty impressive and many of them are actually a good insight into the history of Edinburgh and Scottish history as well. The best part of the gallery is that the admission is free and there is a café around too which is good... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

I have been meaning to visit the portrait gallery for years - I'm so pleased I did. Was going to spend an hour looking round, in the end I was there for three.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

the painting, photos and overall ambience of the Gallery is really good and i really love the ground floor cafe zone which does excellent food, and its location is crackingly central, great for any tourists wishing to have some chill out time,

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 NEW

When you visit a city, a trip to their galleries is always a good idea. On our most recent visit to Edinburgh, the weather turned and the wind and rain arrived. On such a day, a trip to the portrait gallery seemed even more attractive. The gallery isn't as obviously on the tourist trail as the National Gallery (just off... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 NEW

This is one of my favourite places in all of Edinburgh Just to visit the building is amazing, inside and out. Outside its carvings are beautiful and you can spend hours discovering different imagery. Inside the hall is a beauty, specially the murals with all the great scots in history. Go see if you can spot St Columba!! ;) The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Everything in this building was amazing. There was truly too much to see in one visit. Great artwork by well-known artists of very famous people.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

What an amazing building this is. We have been to Edinburgh before but never here. It is beautiful architecturally both inside and out. The displays too are very interesting especially the phrenology heads! The museum staff too are so smart in their tartan uniforms. And it's all free!

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