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The Courtauld Gallery

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Address: Somerset House | The Strand, London WC2R 0RN, England
Phone Number: 442078488586
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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My favourite house to view art so when in London I try to get a day here. The Regarding Trees display was very interesting with some incredible early pieces of work. I had a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My favourite house to view art so when in London I try to get a day here. The Regarding Trees display was very interesting with some incredible early pieces of work. I had a chance to absorb some of the old delights that have hung here a while too, all finished off with a scone and tea in the cafe.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This to me was a smaller version of the National Gallery, but still with great art to see. This does have an entrance fee whereas the National Gallery does not. There were other locations to see, but I stuck with just the Courtauld Gallery as it was more to my taste in art.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to see the London Design Biennale exhibition and was impressed not with just the size of the exhibition but also the ideas and creativity, although I didn't understand all of it, it is good to be exposed to something new.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Located at Zone 6 from London, can be reached by Underground or bus the place is a self contain tourist area by itself. All kind of shops and food stalls, markets with curious and food, bronze statues, fun place to be.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Quiet gem of a museum that has enough space for you to walk around and browse quietly without bumping into anyone. Decent selection of Impressionist art

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This amazing collection, off the beaten track, has some of the world's finest impressionist and post-impressionist paintings and sculptures in a beautiful small building. You'll have time to take it in, and not be overwhelmed. Worth the time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wish this one were free but it's not. Really nice art work. Lots of impressionist pieces. Van Gogh is in there. Feels like walking through someone's living room. Very quaint.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was unable to visit 6 years ago as Somerset House was being used for fashion week, so I was thrilled to visit this time. It is a perfect museum for those who don't have the stamina for trouncing through miles of halls to find the "important " pieces of art. The private collection is not often sent on loan... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Of course, several paintings, mostly small, are world-known, like Durer, Van Gogh, Manet's Folies-Bergeres, etc.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been there a few times for really good art exhibitions. Also the permanent collection have some nice master pieces. I once was luck enough to go to the drawing room to see some nice drawings not in display.

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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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