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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

1 Queen St., Edinburgh EH2 1JB, Scotland
44 131 624 6200
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As featured in Edinburgh for free
Ranked #14 of 204 attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art 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 and present though a wealth of imagery encompassing... more » 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. « less
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Plano, Texas
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89 reviews 89 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We delighted in how well everything was presented. It is quite a nice collection and we really enjoyed ourselves.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Good, fresh food served in a lovely refurbished gallery. The café-space is light and spacious. A marvelous place to meet friends for an informal lunch or a cup of coffee. Friendly, smiling staff - perfect!

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Nantes, France
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

this museum is a real discovery : it will show you portraits of the many people (ordinary or royal blood) that made Scotland. Very interesting !

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Bangor.N Ireland
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The Scottish National portrait Gallery is more than a collection of paintings - here busts of famous faces peer at you from every corner and the three dimensional effect is mesmerising. It is a large square building with a central atrium, beautifully decorated. It also boasts an organic cafe, and gift shop. Well worth a visit.

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San Francisco
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Every time I return to Edinburgh for a visit, I love to walk by and/or visit the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (SNPG) for its ornate interiors, permanent collections, and current exhibits. The newly renovated shop and cafe looked smart but a bit congested in design. John Byrne exhibition was unique - I loved his various portraits of the brilliant and... More

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Beeston, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Every year I pop into the portrait gallery and look at what is new. The is a fantastic photograph of the Monach taken in the wilds of Northern Scotland it is great. The John Bryne exhibition shows many celebraties in a new light. I went for the leek and potato soup for my lunch. very nice bread with it as... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Very well put together and for the price you can't beat it. I went with my teenage daughter and we both enjoyed it. The portraits are such a nice was to view history.

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scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

What a talented man. Love his plays and art work. This is an excellent exhibition. I thought I knew his work well but I loved the pastels of his children and sketches of Tilda. Gosh he likes his self portraits too. Well worth a visit. I love this gallery.

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Wilmington DE, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

First, it's FREE admission. Second, if you want to dig a bit into Scottish culture, this is a great place to do it. The building is interesting too, look for the frieze in the Main Hall that is a chronological parade of significant Scots through the ages. I was especially moved by the portrait of Eric Liddell, the hero of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

they have got the Queen's recent photo in Scotish gowns and crowns on exibition!i have seen that picture on newspapers last year!thats a wonderful photo!

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