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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

1 Queen St., Edinburgh EH2 1JB, Scotland
44 131 624 6200
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Ranked #13 of 155 Attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Cultural
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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 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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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

A well organised Gallery and is certainly worth a visit when in Edinburgh. However, allow yourself plenty of time. We visited on a Sunday and were surprised how busy it was. Even if you are not interested the exhibits, the building itself is worth visiting. Pay a visit, you may surprise yourself.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

What more could I say I loved it. I have favourite pictures which I return to visit which is what draws me there. I didn't particularly love the café though. The people serving were so miserable looking.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

Go and see this if you can! A very well designed exhibition with fascinating information, and heartbreaking details about the conditions and outcomes of the war. The curator should be very proud! World Class Exhibition! Don't miss it!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

This was a gallery that we had previously overlooked on earlier visits to Edinburgh. Glad we rectified it this time. The building is stunning and worth a look in its own right. The exhibits were interesting and well displayed

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

This gallery will only be interesting to those who know something of Scottish history. The details given, for example, about Stuart kings & queens is interesting, but will probably be confusing to many who know nothing of past religious conflicts. Many portraits are of "the great & good" of previous centuries, but again, only those who recognise the names and... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

This is a real gem sitting on the edge of the new town. its slightly off the tourist trail. It has a lovely little cafe, an oasis of peace in the busy city centre.

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Moscow, Russia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

You can learn about past through simply walking around the gallery. Although you get exhausted by the end because of too many paintings.

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is one of Edinburgh’s most remarkable and grand buildings, with a beautiful architecture. Speaks well through the images incorporating a rich variety of media and including many internationally outstanding works of art.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Always busy and a great meeting point. Good coffee nice nibbles and usually seating available. With an excellent gallery to work of a few of those calories.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Looking out to Princes Street Gardens gives this place a unique setting. the large scale of the place makes it comfortable to spend a long time over a meal or with friends. great choice of different kinds of food to eat, and first class service with a smile

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