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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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Excellent museum to see in Edinburgh

A very nice museum if you're interested in learning about Scottish history and the people who made it happen. Recommend visiting this museum in additional to the National Museum... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

A very nice museum if you're interested in learning about Scottish history and the people who made it happen. Recommend visiting this museum in additional to the National Museum of Scotland. This museum is not overloaded with tourists so it makes for a very relaxing way to spend a couple of hours. The cafe is also very good.

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Aberdare, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Liked some of the portraits and landscapes. However did not like the religious paintings. Too intense.

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Ravenna, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

I'm not really keen on portraits, but in this case I found my visit wholly pleasing. I enjoyed the section about women's growing social awareness and of course the elegant central hall, with its Liberty style

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

My husband and I found this to be a wonderful time during out visit to Edinburgh! It's free, too, just leave a donation. The facility is on the small side, but there is a wealth of interesting portraits (paintings and sculpture) to see! Lovely shop and cafe, too!

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

I love this gallery and pop in every chance I can get - the layout is a bit confusing so take a guide or ask the staff at the door for one. The history of Scotland is seen through it's good and greats' portraits. Parking is non-existent so take a taxi or a bus. Nice tea room, can be very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Brilliant place, wonderful art, couldn't help but to be amazed at other peoples talent. A previous revue cited racist attitudes of the staff, at no point were my Portuguese/Indian wife and I made to feel this, just a wonderful visit to an extraordinary place.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Good salads and cheese scones. Space can be a little clattery. Queue at the counter, choose order and pay - take a friend if you have lots of bags! Good coffee.

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Nothing exceptional about this gallery - it's a nice collection but fairly typical of most historical museums. Good place to visit if it's a rainy day, but don't go out of your way unless there's a new exhibit being brought in. The permanent collection is just okay.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

This is one place we return to every time we visit Edinburgh. A great collection of everyone who ever figured in the history of Scotland. A very interesting building whose central space contains a pictorial frieze of Scotland's heroes and heroines.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

exhibition lasts from may-september but the tickets are so expensive that it will ruin your budget!!!So dont waste your time and rather go somewhere else so you can spend your time in Edinburgh more wisely!!!

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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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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.
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