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The Courtauld Gallery

#26 of 1,522 things to do in London
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Address: Somerset House | The Strand, London WC2R 0RN, England
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+44 20 7848 8586
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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The Courtauld Gallery is one of the finest small museums in the world. Its...

The Courtauld Gallery is one of the finest small museums in the world. Its collection stretches from the early Renaissance into the 20th century and is particularly renowned for the unrivalled collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. The Gallery also holds an outstanding collection of drawings and prints and fine example of sculpture and decorative arts.

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Love their Impressionist Collection!

This gallery has a great Impressionist Collection with great artist like Monet, Van Gogh, Manet and Renoir to name a few. It also has some of the Old Masters from the Renaissance... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This gallery has a great Impressionist Collection with great artist like Monet, Van Gogh, Manet and Renoir to name a few. It also has some of the Old Masters from the Renaissance Period. It is small but adequate and in my opinion, well worth the price of admission and time. Whenever I am in London, I make an effort to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I went for the Van Gogh, but there are beautiful paintings by Cezanne, Pissarro, Manet, Degas and others. It is not a free entrance but worth the 9 pound fee. Located within Somerset House on the Strand. Nice gift shop where we bought playing cards with renditions of the hung artwork on the faces of the cards.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A delightful discovery for art lovers! I have been to London many times and somehow managed to miss this delightful gem! The art collection is housed in the beautiful Somerset house, a former palace. The collection is small but choice - especially the Impressionist paintings. We were there in December and the gallery was surprisingly quiet. It is quite nice... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Beautiful building (check out Nelson's staircase), Gallery stuffed full of fabulous art. Courtyard fountains for the kids to play in on hot days, frozen for ice-skating in run up to Christmas (magic for all ages) and regular concerts and events through the year.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very nice collection of paintings, including Van Goghs and Degas I would not be able to see anywhere else. Fabulous.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This was our first visit to the Courtauld and we enjoyed it very much. The private collection is small but impressive with signature works of art by many iconic artists. The setting -- in front of the ice rink at Somerset House -- was charming at holiday time. And the gift shop is definitely worth a stop as well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had not visited the gallery for several years so decided it was time for us to visit again when we had a couple of days in London. Somerset House is a stunningly beautiful building and at this time of the year with the ice rink in the courtyard it is even more so. This gallery is, I feel, often... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We found this place through the London Pass and decided to stop by because it was one of the few places open on New Years Day. This place is small but very impressive. Every single painting in the gallery was one of high quality. We were amazed at how many high-profile artists' works are here. It's a shame this place... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Recently visited and we were early and felt like we had the place to ourselves. An uninterrupted view of some of the great impressionist painters was really inspiring.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an amazing collection of Manet, Monet, Cezanne, van Dongen, Matisse. Also a very top VG and Modi each - absolutely the BEST only! On top the entry is free!

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With its iconic Nelson’s Column, majestic oversized lions and brightly-lit fountains, Trafalgar Square is not just considered the heart of this bustling London hub, but the very core of the city itself. Beyond this esteemed gathering place are more famous icons, as well as a disproportionate numbers of the city’s most popular cultural attractions including the National Gallery and many West End theaters. Along the way to these major sites are quiet lanes and antiquated pubs to discover, as well as riverside vistas to enjoy on the embankment. With a calendar full of celebratory events, any time of year is a fine time to visit.
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