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Scottish National Gallery

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Princes Street and Gardens
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Address: The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131 624 6200
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: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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very impressive museum

The building itself (the original part) is well over a century old and worth the trip just to see it. In addition the exhibits are extremely varied and well presented. Highly... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
New London, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

This is interesting and a place to warm up or cool down depending on the season. Beautiful art by masters though no famous pcs here.

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Hamilton, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

My husband and I visited the National Gallery in May and enjoyed what we saw, but nothing was particularly outstanding for our tastes beyond the Impressionists room which we probably spent as much time in as the rest of the gallery combined!

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New London, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

The building itself (the original part) is well over a century old and worth the trip just to see it. In addition the exhibits are extremely varied and well presented. Highly recommended, with a lot of interactive stuff for the kids.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Take your time to visit this museum. The paintings and the ambience are fantastic. It is situated right in the middle of old town and new town, so it is a perfect way to combine shopping and culture.

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Austin, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We went to learn about Scotland and its history, but the new building is not laid out where a visitor can follow a chronological path which allows you to see all the exhibits and understand the events that build today's Scotland. The floors break up history into chunks. Many nooks and crannies are missed on each floor. You skip hundreds... More 

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

I had never been inside a gallery before and I found it relaxing. To just sit or stand and enjoy the art work was very relaxing. I didn't feel rushed or unwelcomed. After viewing the exhibits, I headed downstairs for breakfast. The food was amazing! Would visit again

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The galleries were awesome. Each has a cafe, all very nice. The fact that it's free really surprised me... what can I possibly complain?

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Well worth a visit when back in Edinburgh but many of my fav paintings have gone! Also, the coffee place downstairs is ok but mega pricey - small slice of lemon drizzle loaf - £2.60!!! No thanks. Appears that the Contini's are opening up coffee places/eateries all over central Edinburgh now. Not the best coffee I have had. Sat in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

The dutch painters are particularly well displayed here in the gallery. Each room is a well-lit space that shows the paintings almost as if they were in the drawing room of a mansion. A lovely place, very centrally located.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Much of the gallery contained Renaissance and medieval art such as we had seen in Italy, and was quite wonderful, but what sets this gallery apart, of course, are the Scottish artists whose work occupies a whole wing, and is very worth seeing.

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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.