We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Scottish National Gallery

The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL, Scotland (Castle / Royal Mile / High St)
0131 624 6200
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #18 of 210 Attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Book Now

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 »
Write a Review

1,554 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    931
    510
    96
    12
    5
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Thai first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
116 reviews 116 reviews
64 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

While situated in the centre of Edinburgh, adjacent to Princes Street at the foot of The Mound, this Gallery is not as busy as it deserves to be. The Scottish National Gallery houses the permanent displays (including the impressive Bridgewater Loan collection), while the Royal Scottish Academy building houses more temporary exhibitions (currently The Art of Golf). The main galleries... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Minneapolis
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
17 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Free admission to some of the finest galleries. The museum houses terrific collections. Free transport between the various sites and they should all be included in your visit. Lovely cafes and gifts shopes.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sandbach, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

For me the Scottish National Gallery is my favourite attraction in Edinburgh. Not to mention the fact that's it is free to enter! They have a collection full of artistic big hitters including Da Vinci, Raphael, Monet, Constable, Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Botticelli to name but a few. My favourite painting is The Church at Vétheuil by Claude Monet. If... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Melbourne
Top Contributor
327 reviews 327 reviews
166 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

I enjoyed my time at the gallery. there were plenty of people enjoying the art as well. The cafe had lots of people enjoying a cup of coffee and a snack too. The art is amazing and you need to spend some time here to appreciate it properly. It is FREE and a great place to take your family or... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Luton, United Kingdom
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Wow - so much to see, some great historical paintings, old in one section and new in the other, well set out, staff were only too happy to offer advice, staff new their stuff. The fact that this is free was even better.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Krakow, Poland
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

It's beautiful, exciting, interesting and has really cute stuff in museum shop. Love spending time here.

Was this review helpful? Yes
London
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
39 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

its small but still takes time to see everything and it can be tiring. Some rooms a bit dark, gloomy. Overall a great way to see some fantastic works of art and free!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

beautiful rooms housed the artwork and easy navigation meant i found everything easily. would recommend a visit to this gem of edinburgh.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Swansea, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
39 attraction reviews
181 helpful votes 181 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Quite a wide collection, including some 'big names' as well as lesser known artists and sculptors; some Scottish and many international artists. Free entry, but there is a charge for some special exhibitions. The layout is simple and generally well signposted, although it is easy to miss the small lift right at the back of the building that takes you... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Elburn, Illinois
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

No charge to go into the Gallery and located next to stairs toward Royal Mile. Relax and enjoy the wonderful art

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Scottish National Gallery also viewed

 

Been to Scottish National Gallery? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing