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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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Stunning art collection

A collection of artwork throughout the centuries from Gothic to Impressionism. Enough to see for a whole afternoon!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

A collection of artwork throughout the centuries from Gothic to Impressionism. Enough to see for a whole afternoon!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We had just one hour to visit this gallery, but absolutely loved it. Must watch when you are there in the city

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Very peaceful, plenty of room to wander round and look at the pictures, no one bothered us. Some very interesting portraits and paintings. we lefy when our brains were full

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

A free museum with a lot of beautiful art work. The museum is located just down from the royal mile. We enjoyed our visit.

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Montrose, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Always enjoy this gallery, whether dropping in as a respite from shopping, or spending longer on the exhibitions. The building is fabulous in itself and contains within it so many fascinating stories. Yesterday, particularly enjoyed the Picasso and Lee Miller exhibition ( mainly photos) and the small exhibition about dome amazing Scottish women, which was both inspiring and humbling, as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Some fantastic paintings here. There is an area at the front where you can lock away your valuables and cases etc which is very useful. Cost £1 which you do get back.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

It was free, so it's a good hours or two to kill. The walk there is nice. The one in England is a lot better tho

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Scotland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

I cannot believe anyone pays £3 + for a thin slice of gateau - this place is so overpriced! It is in a good setting but that does not make up for the overpricing of cake - and coffee to

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Loved visiting here, always something interesting to find in the portraits..loved the Mary queen of scots one, beautiful. Bonus was shop and cafe. Food excellent and coffee good, staff very helpful. All in all well worth a visit

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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

I visited the Portrait Gallery a few times with friends and my family. It is very convenient to go around and see the portraits. Very warm welcoming staff and nice Cafe in the ground floor. I love the temporary exhibitions taking place in the museum.

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Staying in New Town

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New Town
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.