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Scottish National Gallery

The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL, Scotland (Castle / Royal Mile / High St)
0131 624 6200
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As featured in 3 days in Edinburgh
Ranked #15 of 204 attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Art Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Traveler Description: Located in the heart of the city at the intersection of Princes Street and The Mound housing the national collection of fine art.  Entry is free... more »
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW via mobile

This lovely museum is located on The Mound above Princes Street Gardens, between Old and New towns. We spent a lovely afternoon wandering through the collection, enjoying the added rare treat of getting to view Rodin's The Kiss. The only thing that kept it from being a five star trip was maintenance to the Impressionist exhibit, usually my favorite dreamy... More

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Marbella, Andalucia, Spain
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

This is a great collection to rival and city even London or Berlin. What I always appreciate about visit this and other UK museums is that it's still free. Good to see they are allowing non flash photography. Free wifi too.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

We visited the National Gallery after Edinburgh Castle. Not a big fan of art galleries, we decieded to take a look as it was free anyway. All of us were plesantly suprised at how much there was to see. Two floors packed full of paintings, some impressive, some rather less so. The gallery also features artists that even I have... More

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Coronado, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We used Rick Steve's guide to be sure to see some special treasures that we might have missed otherwise. Glad we did: there are so many paintings to see by the world's greatest painters, that we could have spent a week just here. And Free admission!!!

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I appreciated the fact that there was not the pressure of spending a whole day here. Nice sampling of a variety of respectable pieces from various time periods. I also loved the bold colored walls and ornate wood work. I almost felt like I was in someone's living room, lacking the cold atmosphere of many art museums.

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Great collection now boosted by the arrival of three great Titians. A good place to get away from the crowd and the summer heat. Cafe also very nice.

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Plano, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Scotland is to be proud of this excellent collection. The Gallery does a very fine job with lighting and presentation which adda greatly to the experienc.

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Stevenage
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This will be great for the art type, we found it a bit boring to be honest as a family. Nothing for children to interact with.

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London, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Most of the painting were not my 'kind of thing', but interesting, particularly considering the age of many of the exhibits being several hundred years old. Well presented in bright, open rooms. Being free, I was able to go a couple of times for brief viewings. There was a Tesco's competition of children's art exhibition, which was great and also... More

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Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Unbelivable that it is free to enter! Excellent collection of rennaisance works! Advice for parents: my 7 year old son was outraged because of all the nudity! :)

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