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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
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10:00 am - 7:00 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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Nice hour fantastic painting

Not really an art lover but decided to take a peek as I had never been in before. Quite an impressive collection, but noted that the Scottish artwork was in the basement which... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Not really an art lover but decided to take a peek as I had never been in before. Quite an impressive collection, but noted that the Scottish artwork was in the basement which was not as bright and a bit dull down there. My biggest concern was that people were getting way too close to the artwork, and sticking their... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Enjoyed very much the art collection, especially the Scottish artists. beautiful building and love that it was free

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A lot of public places to visit are free of charge, this Gallery really surprised us, there was even a whole section with famous dutch painters, was really nice to walk here and look at the nice paintings, while it was raining cats and dogs outside...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

had a smashing couple of hours looking at the mind blowing talents of others....well set out and staff were all lovely..

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited here for the Escher event which is now gone but the way this was presented encourages me to go again to see further exhibitions. The display was thoughtful and contained more than just the art work. I would expect other exhibitions to be similarly well presented.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I, like many, visited as a tourist to Edinburgh. Like almost every tourist I had a back pack, and this was the problem. They don't have a cloakroom, or at least do not mention it, however the staff all seem paranoid about back packs. There are no signs telling you that you are not allowed to wear back packs, but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Not to be missed if you enjoy art, with a varied and beautiful collection,including many famous artists. Something for everyone and very accessible right in the middle of the city.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Free entrance like all public museums in Scotland Walk around as you discover new things everytime you come. Of course the "autoportrait" by Rembrandt is a Must see but there are so many. take time to get down to the scottish painters ' Level. Stunning.and so romantic! Have a nice brew at the coffee shop on Gardens Level . I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The museum is placed next to some beautiful gardens. Is a good idea for rainy days, as the collection is quite big and you can spend long time visiting the different parts. Nice collection, and free!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

By the standards of the National Gallery in London, let alone the Louvre or the Metrpolitan, this is a fairly small museum. But there are no duds in its remarkable collection of Western art, which ranges from the 14th century - Flemish and Italian - to the early 20th century. Don't miss the superb Titians or the Rembrandt self-portrait or... More 

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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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