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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
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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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One of the world class museums for painting

World famous paintings. Particularly rich in baroque. It really is one of the sites not to be missed if you like art or if you think tourism should include the premier world... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

World famous paintings. Particularly rich in baroque. It really is one of the sites not to be missed if you like art or if you think tourism should include the premier world museums. Pleasant lunch restaurant in Sainsbury wing. Also good for afternoon tea or coffee if you are having sensory overload, as I usually do after an hour or... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I can't really believe at this place is free! (Please give a donation though). Fantastic museum with masterpiece after masterpiece. The Van Gogh's and Di Vinci's are a pull but I always like the British artists especially Turner. A world class art gallery that should not be missed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Another fab exhibition by the National Gallery. Caravaggio's influence on contemporary and later painters explored in a well ordered and easy to follow exhibition. Gorgeous pics and good info plus audio guides and short film make for a very pleasant trip to one of London's best places to visit

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is just fabulous - you can come here so many times and every time it blows you away - no wonder this is the number one attraction in London - the best of British and European !

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Really amazing gallery with plenty of things to see that would interest the entire family. I would recommend giving yourself at least 3-4 hours to visit it all.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great place to while away a few hours, it's easy to lose yourself here for an afternoon and the fact that it's free is fantastic.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

On our first visit last year there was a strike on and all visitors were crammed into the few rooms left open. This time round we were there late morning and were able just to wander around in relative peace and quiet and take our time. Whistlejacket was a real favourite.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I admire the paintings of Caravaggio and I was excited to visit this exhibition. However there are only a few of his paintings, some of which I have seen before, and the majority are by artists who apply the same style, hence the title Beyond Caravaggio. Knowing this however, I would still recommend a visit and the audio commentary was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

the national gallery lived up to my expectation as a spectacular collection right on the par with the best European museums featuring the early masters and moving on room by room through the end of the 19th century. The setting is just as grand and looking out from the gallery onto the Trafalgar Square provides with some awesome views. I... More 

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Beautiful art and lots of historical paintings. A big plus that its free to admit. Great coffee shop to which delicious pastry.

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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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