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National Gallery

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Trafalgar Square / Embankment
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Address: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7747 2885
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Fri 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Thu 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

The National Gallery houses the national collection of paintings in the...

The National Gallery houses the national collection of paintings in the Western European tradition from the 13th to the 19th centuries. It is on show 361 days a year, free of charge.

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Great environment lots to absorb

Massive collection, tudors incredibly beautiful. Takes you back in time. Lovely bookshop with a great gift selection.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Massive collection, tudors incredibly beautiful. Takes you back in time. Lovely bookshop with a great gift selection.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The National Gallery is amazing. All the collections and art are not to be missed. The building/facade outside is an art itself. Experiencing this place is a treasure already.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The National Gallery is massive so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to walk through the network of rooms. There is simply so much to see. Make sure to try and see the Da Vinci works.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

One of the best place to visit when in London. Everything is in order and place is full with interesting staff.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

National gallery is of course wonderful and whatever your taste in art there is something there for you and to be fair my ratings here are for the gallery itself which is very special. Had a bit of a wander but mostly there for the beyond Caravaggio event this time. Was interesting but I felt it was a bit short... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I love visiting this museum and hearing snippets of what the art meant from their (sometimes free) tours, or even just gazing at the different impressionists pieces, and have found this the best place to see them. So handy to theatreland, and a calm oasis in the middle of the busy london. Love it!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

While galleries like the National Gallery offer free entry to see some of the great pictures of the world, then this is a must to visit. We also paid extra to see the Caravaggio exhibition which was a show stopper and superbly presented.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Excellent permanent collection to visit at any time. Always an uplifting experience. Café very noisy; more thought could be given to the furnishings used as it makes for quite a contrast with the relative quiet of the galleries.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I often walk through this museum. It never ceases to amaze me. Always very busy but it never feels crowded. Very good gift shop. The helpers in the Sainsbury Wing gift shop are more helpful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went primarily to see the Turners, Constables, and the Canaletto's. Beautifully displayed, no crowds, thoroughly enjoyed our time there. We stopped by the café for a rest and enjoyed tea and pastries. This is a beautiful and very restful place with many opportunities to sit in the gallery rooms and look at the paintings. We have been many times... More 

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Trafalgar Square / Embankment
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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