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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 #16 of 198 attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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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Paris, France
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

While it is not one of Europe's greatest museum's, the collection favors quality over quantity. It features many of the great masters of European painting in a small, intimate setting. While I was there, I attended a free Early Music concert which attempted to put some of the paintings in their greater artistic context. It was a wonderful experience.

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Hamilton, Bermuda
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Initially entered SCG to just escape the cold rain outside, but ended up spending almost 2 hours slowly wandering the exhibits. Really enjoyed it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

I travelled with 3 daughters aged 15, 12 & 9 we all found something we enjoyed in here & would go again

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed my visit to the gallery in March 2014 after a windy walk up Arthur's Seat. Stopped for a coffee in the basement cafe with lovely views of Princes St. Gardens. I'd be back again for another wander around, and love the free entrance. Very friendly staff.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Great for an overcast day, you could spend hours in here. The works of art are amazing with different genres signposted and plenty of seats for a rest en route. Clean toilets and lifts to the various floors. Lots of space to walk around & good central location. The 3 Graces are currently in London though.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

National gallery is always worth a visit once you have done the main sights of Edinburgh. Frequently special exibitions are available but the standing collection is always worth seeing. Good eating facilities on sight whether you are visiting the gallery or just hungry.

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

I really liked the Flemish rooms and the huge number of Titans on display. Very well presented with really excellent wall notes explaining the background. We went twice and still have lots more to see

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Cornwall, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This is a terrific collection of artwork which we thoroughly enjoyed, and deserves more than one visit. Recommend the two new Titians and the Scottish Gallery.

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Hull
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

We visited this gallery as we were walking past and decided to go inside. As this was free admission we weren't sure what to expect. However there is a varied display by many famous artists in a large and impressive gallery. Well worth a visit.

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Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We were tempted to skip this attraction, but were talked into it by a friend. We were SO glad we went. This collection has works by many famous artists and was well organized and displayed in pleasant surroundings.

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