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Scottish National Gallery

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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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Lovely building and good art collection

The gallery is well presented with an impressive collection of art and boasts a beautiful building which is well located in the centre of Edinburgh.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

The gallery is well presented with an impressive collection of art and boasts a beautiful building which is well located in the centre of Edinburgh.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Not one of my favorites, but it's nice to just visit and say you have. Outside of the gallery is a popular place to be around at lunch hour.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Centrally located, this beautiful building houses an astounding array of art - there should be something there for everyone. Religious, Renaissance, Scottish, Impressionist - all well curated. Photos can be taken of the majority - those that can't be photographed are clearly marked so. There isn't an audio guide but a lot of the work has quite detailed explanations -... More 

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Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This is probably the most enjoyable art gallery in Britain. It's got all the big names and schools, beautifully presented in light, spacious rooms, but it's not exhaustingly big like the NG in London. And when you want to take a break, Princess Street Gardens are right outside.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Yes they have some beautiful art and yes much of it is historical in nature. I think the best time to visit is when there's a new temporary exhibit as the permanent collection is nothing extraordinary .

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Great afternoon in Edinburgh made even better as it's free entry. An extensive collection of 16th and 17th century Dutch/Flemish and Italian paintings including Titian and Rembrandt. On the lower floor there is a collection of Scottish art mostly from 19th Century. The surroundings are decorated very tastefully creating a setting worthy of the art on display.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

The Scottish National Gallery houses an outstanding collection of classic paintings, arranged into various sections such as religious paintings, Renaissance paintings, or Scottish paintings. Some of these paintings are absolutely enormous, and really quite breathtaking to look at. Many paintings are originals, and the minority which are reproductions are clearly marked as such. People are allowed to take photographs of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

This is well located if you're walking around the city and houses some very famous works. We really went for the paintings and they are nicely organised without becoming overbearing. The building itself is wonderful. Great selection for most tastes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

This museum is easily navigated in as little as an hour. There are works by world class masters from many periods. The enthusiastic workers are very helpful steering you to the work of an artist in a particular room. The large Scottish exhibition in the bottom floor was a W O W for us. I highly recommend a visit here... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Fantastic art gallery. You really need a whole day. Amazingly it is still free. Would be good for everyone to make a small donation to keep it that way.

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Additional Information about Scottish National Gallery

Address: The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131 624 6200
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Princes Street and Gardens
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Princes Street and Gardens
Glaswegians tease Edinburghers that their High Street is only half one, since buildings only line one side. But what they don’t say is how extraordinary the views are from Princes Street as a result. From here you look onto expansive and decorative public gardens beneath the mighty basalt cliffs on which Edinburgh’s Castle stands proud above the rest of the dramatic old town skyline. Yet many of those on Princes Street look the other way, as they’re concerned with chain store shopping or catching the tram or a train at main train station Waverley. But it’s not all utility here; the Scottish National Gallery rewards purposeless wandering, and December’s huge winter market in the gardens begins a season of revelry which ends with Hogmanay, Britain’s largest New Year’s street party.
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