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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 - 7:00 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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Given a facelift a couple of years ago this place is transformed

For many years this museum was gloomy. It has now reinvented itself and is full of light. It's restaurant is terrific! The exhibitions are wonderful! So much to see!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW via mobile

For many years this museum was gloomy. It has now reinvented itself and is full of light. It's restaurant is terrific! The exhibitions are wonderful! So much to see!

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

The displays were well set out and the entrance hall/ gallery beautiful in its own right. The exhibitions on the First World War and influential Scottish Women were particularly worth going to see. The cafe had a fantastic array of fresh filled croissants and salad bowls to choose from as well as homemade soup. Be warned though, with food as... More 

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ATLANTIC BEACH
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92 reviews 92 reviews
33 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Recently refurbished. Really great gallery lots of permanent historic pieces as well as visiting art. Loved the show on the South African high rise. Also all the historic and scottish jacobean art. wall frescos. Lovely cafe with great food. The gallery is free to visit . Fantastic.

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Ilkley,West Yorkshire
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19 reviews 19 reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

2nd or 3rd visit and mesmerised every time. Such good varied work to see Brilliant and the Cafe gets better every time

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london county hall
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215 reviews 215 reviews
130 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

The building is beautiful inside and out. Very easy to find just off Princes St down St Andrews St. The Bp exhibition was interesting and not too crowded. The World war 1 exhibition was very well done with some familiar portraits liked the unique blinds too. The jewel in the crown is the library take your time to take in... More 

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Harpenden, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
7 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Almost all picture museum creators could do with visiting the Scottish Portrait Gallery to see how it is done. They have slimmed down the number of portraits, ensured enough places to sit and rest, and made the whole museum genuinely welcoming, thought provoking and engaging.

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Kent. Uk
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Not too big, so kids wouldn't get bored. Good selection of modern to old paintings, building and decor itself was lovely.

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Wandel
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28 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

I last visited years ago and this is the first time back since the big renovations. Excellent clear layout, nice big fast lift, lots of seats as you go around. Looks like the collection has been thinned out and themed and a lot of extra detail's now available on each picture. We really enjoyed our afternoon! Favourite was the BP... More 

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Lovely building,child friendly,good cafe and gift shop.Portrait award exhibition was excellent also the Ponte City exhibition.

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Perth, United Kingdom
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15 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

A wonderful building, especially like the lift, in a central location. It always has excellent interesting exhibitions.

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