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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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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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As an Edinburgh resident, I drop into the gallery several times a year and never cease to be amazed how staff open and close the entrance doors for me, every time. Likewise, they... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 28, 2015
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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

As an Edinburgh resident, I drop into the gallery several times a year and never cease to be amazed how staff open and close the entrance doors for me, every time. Likewise, they will offer free use of luggage lockers as necessary and sleeves for wet umbrellas, so these do not drip everywhere. Entrance is free of charge. The popular,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

With my partner, we visited the portrait gallery and I felt quite mesmerised by the art. I wouldn't say the eyes follow you around the room but some of the paintings are of such quality and workmanship, they seem 3D almost. A very impressive gallery indeed and is maintained to a very high standard.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

The National Portrait Gallery is a must to visit. It is very impressive. The exhibits are excellent. The portraits have good written explanations.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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