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“Browsing” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Scottish National Portrait Gallery
1 Queen St., Edinburgh EH2 1JB, Scotland
44 131 624 6200
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Ranked #15 of 203 attractions in Edinburgh
Type: Art Museums
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Visit one of Edinburgh’s most iconic buildings and explore a fascinating overview of Scotland past and present though a wealth of imagery encompassing painting, photography, sculpture and film. Meet the people who have helped shape the nation’s identity at home and abroad from Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie and Robert Burns, through to more recent pioneers in science, sport and the arts.. See this outstanding national Collection in its newly refurbished 19th century home, from the suite of grand, top-lit galleries to smaller, intimate rooms, and discover the new Photography Gallery and the atmospheric Victorian Library. Round off your trip to the Portrait Gallery with a visit to our new café. Serving a delicious menu of fresh dishes and classic recipes, our team are passionate about sourcing the very best local ingredients and seasonal produce. A great place for lunch or even just a coffee break, our family-friendly venue is one of the best cafes in Edinburgh. Admission is free. Charges may apply for special exhibitions.
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“Browsing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

My husband wanted to see what improvements had been made and we were not disappointed. Helpful staff plenty of space for a wheelchair and large lift, also a good restaurant.

Visited September 2012
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“you don't need to like art to enjoy this place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

found the Gallery while walking around edinburgh it gave you an insight into scotlands history via art well worth a visit

Visited September 2012
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“portrait gallery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

friendly helpful staff, some great scottish painters that you dont hear enough about, quite an intimate gallery and easy to get around

Visited September 2012
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“Beautiful Gallery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

I went here after the National Gallery which is next door, and have reviewed it with the National Gallery. If you have time for just one gallery this is an oasis of calm full of interesting people hanging on the walls. Especially haunting were the early photos of 1860s Glasgow, people living in very poor circumstances indeed.

Visited September 2012
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“Free”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

I never turn down anything free when I travel! I spent a lovely hour or so walking through the rooms and enjoying the pictures.

Visited June 2012
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