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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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Hours:
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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Quick visit for time out ob my own.

Enjoyed a quick visit when we were in London as a family and spent a few hours here by myself. It was lovely to see the originals of so many iconic paintings and to take a little... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Fareham, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Enjoyed a quick visit when we were in London as a family and spent a few hours here by myself. It was lovely to see the originals of so many iconic paintings and to take a little time for myself. It wasnt too busy and it was easy to wind in and out of the gallery without having any prior... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Came to see Wilton Dyptict Stunning Well displayed Terrific part of Nat Gallery Good lighting lots to see elsewhere in gallery V helpful guides Good cafes n restaurants , lifts to floor

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

There are plenty of great works to see here from such artists as Van Gogh, Monet and Constable. It's really worth the visit, even if you just have a passing interest in art. We visited on a quiet work day as a day trip - it took us roughly 2 hours to see all of the gallery and entry was... More 

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Loved the fact that entry is free with a donation box if you wish to. Great collection of artwork and loved seeing paintings by famous artists at close view. Staff were great in there.

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Thank Linda M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We booked on line to have dinner at the National Gallery prior to a theatre visit. It was extremely busy, but all staff were helpful and polite. Meal was tasty and we had plenty of time to get the theatre. Would definitely visit again.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The paintings collection are well renowed, covering paintings from middle age to XIX century. It contains several important work arts of the Flemish, Italian Renaissance, Baroque, Clasicism. Few works of impressionists. You do not have to miss this museum if you like painting art.

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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I couldn't imagine a trip to London without visiting National Gallery. Even though is veeeery crowded, it's nice place to visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A must see, the art collections here are utterly amazing. Seeing paintings that you know so well from books, posters, tv etc. in the "flesh" turns everything on it's head - the colours and size can never be reproduced, they are breathtaking.

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Southport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The gallery was beautiful and the paintings amazing .The place is so vast you can easily lose yourself in there for a few hours.We visited the resteraunt afterwards and what a pleasant surprise that was.We had trio of fish and chips it was really fresh and not overcooked as some tend to do .Would recommend.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This gallery has some of the best works of art. Some paintings here are very interesting. Staff here is helpful.

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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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