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Scottish National Gallery

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Neighborhood: Castle / Royal Mile / High St
Art museums, Museums
As featured in 3 Days in Edinburgh and 2 other guides
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Address: The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131 624 6200
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Thu 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri - Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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A world-class collection

Edinburgh weather can be, to put it charitably, bracing. This is a fabulous place to spend a few hours on a dreich day. The collection is huge, and varied in content and quality... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Harpenden, United Kingdom
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Harpenden, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Edinburgh weather can be, to put it charitably, bracing. This is a fabulous place to spend a few hours on a dreich day. The collection is huge, and varied in content and quality. But for every couple of mediocre offerings there will be one or two pictures that compel your attention. It is a stunning building, in the most stunning... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

The layout is very good encouraging you or leading you through the various ages of art. Some well known pieces but I would have expected more Scotish art. Well worth a visit

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Zug, Switzerland
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Like all Galleries it's difficult to really appreciate without some expert guidance. There are short organize tours, approx 1 hour, free of charge, which cover 5-6 main paintings. Just a drop in the sea, as the Gallery is quite rich, but very well done. One can come back to see more as the entrance is free.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

the building is stunning externally and internally. The galleries were very dull and whilst there were some interesting paintings we were not overly enthused.

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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Its not often I give thanks for the Internet but It allowed me to search the "What's On" section of the Gallery's website before I travelled to Edinburgh. Low and behold I discovered that the Gallery was opening an exhibition of watercolours and drawings by one of my all time favourite artists, David Roberts ( a celebrated Edinburger) . Oh... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

This is a very good place to visit if you enjoy art. They have some paintings from famous artists and a huge gallery for Scottish artists that is worth checking. Free entry and very easy to find.

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Stonehaven, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Was not what I expected, contained a lot of unusual exhibits. There was a lady there discussing some of the paintings with a small group which might be of interest to some visitors. Café was good though.

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Preston, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Great for families and the children will have a tremendous time - for adults a little like eating chicken nuggets from a child's menu !!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

A great place to spend a few hours - or more. As with great paintings/art - appreciation is idiosyncratic! To say I was so immersed that I lost all sense of time and place, perhaps, says all. Admission was free.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Whilst not the huge range of London galleries, there's still a good range to see, with one or two famous paintings (Rembrandt's self portrait being one to the best known). Kids got a bit fed up mind you.

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