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The Courtauld Gallery

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Address: Somerset House | The Strand, London WC2R 0RN, England
Phone Number: 442078488586
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

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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The marvelous gallery with great collection, best known for its French impressionist and post-impressionist paintings. It is well organized, interesting and educative, not to be... read more

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The marvelous gallery with great collection, best known for its French impressionist and post-impressionist paintings. It is well organized, interesting and educative, not to be missed!

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Having an hour to "kill" before we went to catch a train, we visited not quite knowing what to expect. We were thrilled to find a brilliant hidden gem. Small galleries and fascinating art, including famous but also not so famous artists, so interesting but not overwhelming. Loved the Seurats. Want to discover more.

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Gasping for a cuppa and cake, I found this out of the way cafe appealing, however it was mid afternoon, not clean, and extremely hot. The tea and fruit tart were lovely.

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In our 45 years of visiting London we somehow have missed this up until now. We always head straight to the others (National, Tate, Tate Modern, Portrait Gallery, etc) but a friend suggest this recently. Wow! We won't miss it again. I had no idea I'd find this many works by Monet Manet, Renoir, and on and on. After you've... More 

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I spent an hour and a half at the Courtauld on a rainy day. I liked that it is not a huge gallery and is arranged so that it is easy to keep track of which rooms you have visited. The painting collection is quite varied. I (and seemingly most others there on that day) was mainly interested in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 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 5 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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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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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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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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