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National Gallery

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Address: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7747 2885
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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
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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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favourite portrait gallery of all time

the national gallery is one of the best portrait galleries i have ever visited. there is always something to see

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the national gallery is one of the best portrait galleries i have ever visited. there is always something to see

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What can I say, love this place it's part of my heritage and it's a real treat to see such masterpieces in one place. It's great that such a national treasure is free to visitors to cause in many countries nothing is free.

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The National Gallery commands Trafalgar Square and contains some of the most important paintings by some of the most important artists from around the world. It costs nothing to go inside and wander through the galleries. Wandering was our only problem; there is little in the way of guidance other than splitting areas into time periods and only as my... More 

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Central location with easy access, free entrance (although you may have to pay for extremely rare/unique exhibitions within the gallery), diverse artwork collection, very polite staff. Totally recommended.

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From the British Museum to the National Gallery, what a day. A must visit for those seeking a great day out.

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the museum is wonderful, the only problem is that you can not see a picture would silently because of some tourists who speak loudly. There are many works and the building itself to be admired.

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Very good museum with interesting paintings and its always a safe bet. Visit it every year and will go back again

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The national gallery is a quiet interesting place to visit when in central London. I am particularly fond of the portrait gallery there you will find majestic treasures! The cafe offers wholesome flavoursome salads hot food and delightful cakes and pastries. Do visit if you are looking for a cerebral challenge.

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We had always wanted to see the National Portrait Gallery located in the National Gallery and were rewarded by a wonderful Sunday afternoon viewing a great collection of the royals (especially the Tudors and Stuarts) orderly and chronologically arrayed for viewing. All of the royalty of several centuries under one roof. For anyone who is interested in British monarchy and... More 

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I have been to most serious galleries in the world. There are few which approach the quality of this collection. As a Londoner I regularly pop in to look at Rembrandt, Caravaggio and Van Gogh. The list of world famous artists is endless as is the famous images that the National Gallery contains. A must for any serious artophile!!

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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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