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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

1 Queen St., Edinburgh EH2 1JB, Scotland
44 131 624 6200
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Ranked #15 of 207 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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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

The gallery has recently been refurbished and is free, recent special exhibitions have been wonderful.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

The Portrait Gallery cafe used to be wonderful before the refurbishment, and it is still nice although not so quirky as before when it was a well-kept secret for Edinburgh people. Very nice for coffee and bakes, though it is not very large and can sometimes be hard to find a table.

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Ashburn, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The art was good--there was a special exhibit on WWI figures, but the building is great. Lots of interesting architectural details and Victorian touches.

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cheshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Well worth a visit. Free admission, but donations welcome. Easy to navigate with some great artwork on display.

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Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Easy to see, good selection of 16th century to modern, and free (5gbp voluntary donation). We filled an hour.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Really enjoyed the Gallery; the portraits are all labelled and there are plenty of staff to provide any answers. Very clean and welcoming place.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This is well worth a return visit as there is such a lot to see and I greatly enjoyed the catering too

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 via mobile

There are a few stairs up n down to each exhibition room so be aware of this. Just to start with Portrait Galleries are one of my favourite things to go to so I went this place with every expectation to be impressed. You will be happy to hear I was! The John Byrne 'Sitting Duck' exhibition was a treat... More

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Poole, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

I had an hour to kill before catching my train, this was an ideal distraction as long as you like portraiture. There is a lot of variation between the galleries, if I visit again I'd happily spend more time here.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

A lovely building in New Town with an impressive variety of portraits and exhibitions. Having been to the portrait gallery in London a few days before, I was amazed... I think Edinburgh's is better!

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