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National Gallery

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Trafalgar Square / Embankment
As featured in No Frills London and 2 other guides
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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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Small-Group Guided Tour of the National Gallery in London
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Small-Group Tour: The National Gallery and British Museum in London
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Private Tour: National Gallery Tour in London with Art Historian Guide

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Been to London alot but never been in the gallery. We were child free this visit so decided to call in. Got to be honest art not really my thing but I thoroughly enjoyed walking... read more

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Derby, United Kingdom
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Been to London alot but never been in the gallery. We were child free this visit so decided to call in. Got to be honest art not really my thing but I thoroughly enjoyed walking round. The building is beautiful and there is a lovely calm atmosphere, a nice haven from the hustle and bustle of the city. Well worth... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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It's always packed (of course) but you have to get passed that and just go for it! There's something for everyone.

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Thank Ishka-1
Dudley, United Kingdom
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Fantastic art, lots of different rooms with excellent paintings etc, some very famous artists. Very busy but a must to see.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

great experience to get to see some of the most famous pieces of art, and to see it for free. Also a great place to buy nice souvenirs.

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Northumberland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Explored all the galleries for 2 hours whilst the rain blew away. Excellent visual feast, not my usual location but glad I went and saw the pictures I did, very rewarding.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The National Gallery we visited twice, the first time was made difficult as my jaw was trailing along the ground in disbelief at the art work I had just seen!!! by Stubbs, Gainsbrough, Turner, Van Gogh, Michaelangelo, Toulouse Lautrec, and Constable and many moreneed I go on! When you see The Fighting Temaraire, The Hay Waine, Waterlillies, and many many... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Unbelievable opportunity to see amazing works of art - free! (Donations accepted - which I would advise - this was awesome!)

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Woking, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Right in the centre of Trafalgar Square - this is one of the very best art galleries I have ever visited - and it is free too! Vincent Van Gogh's original sunflowers pictures are there and are wonderful. It takes a full day to view all the incredible paintings of this art gallery.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

While not the Louvre, the gallery's free admission makes up for it in ease of access and friendly staff. Arrive early to avoid the crowds. There are a few very famous pieces and a wealth of styles to view. You can get up close to the paintings and there's also ample seating for sitting in contemplation.

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

For people of all ages something for every genre The whole worlds famous artists all under one roof so many rooms to look at only had a brief visit loved Van Gogh sunflowers The Hay wain by Constable Venus and mars by botticelli Monet da Vinci it's all priceless And a treat for the eye

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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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