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“Very interesting, but scrap the daft no photos rule.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery
St. Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE, England (Trafalgar Square / Embankment)
020 7306 0055
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Ranked #36 of 2,327 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Dining
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This world-famous museum houses portraits of noted Britons from the Tudors to the present day.
Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Very interesting, but scrap the daft no photos rule.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013 via mobile

It is absolutely ridiculous that art galleries still insist on not allowing photographs. The only reason can be to try to somehow blackmail you into buying a print if you want to see anything at your leisure. There can be no other reason as no photo can damage a painting. Other than this, this is a fine place to visit and has some very interesting pieces. Well worth a couple of hours.

Visited August 2013
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“A must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

It's in central London, it's free and it's packed with information.

This is basically our celebrity culture meets a lesson in history. Almost every influential individual in the last 500 years is in here.

I strongly recommend getting the audio guide (£3), otherwise you would just be looking at the paintings. That can be OK, but the audio guide also gives you interesting stories about the person, or describes the event which the painting is depicting. You can follow from the Tudors, the Stuarts, Georgians, Victorians, the scientific revolution and into the modern era.

Visited July 2013
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“Interested in knowing what the people of the past looked like?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Easy to find, free and packed with fabulous portraits of people, past and present. If you are interested in wanting to know what the celebs from a previous age looked like, this is a stunning gallery. The cafe in the basement is interesting and right next to the bookshop, and the bar and restaurant at the top of the building looks out over the top of the National Gallery roof. Great place to meet.

Visited July 2013
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“Rivetting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Chose August 2012 as date visited but haven't been to this Gallery for some years. However, the memory of it stays in my mind from several previous visits. Good art is as fulfilling as good food and, for me, the N.P.G. is overloaded with this sensation!

Visited August 2012
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“Well worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Situated between Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square, this gallery seems to appeal to everyone. (And it's free!) Ranging from the old to the modern, there's plenty to see.

Visited June 2013
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