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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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A vast collection

We have visited a great many galleries in many world capitals and this one is at or near the top -- and it is free except for special collections. They have a very large and... read more

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have visited a great many galleries in many world capitals and this one is at or near the top -- and it is free except for special collections. They have a very large and varied collection. You are able to closer to the pictures to see the details (brush strokes, etc.) than in many other art galleries. And the... More 

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I am a huge fan of traditional landscapes, seascapes, portraits of people and horses and am truly in my element here. Whether you are interested in old masters such as Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Turner, Titian, Canaletto, Gainsborough etc or Impressionists like Renoir and Monet, you will without a doubt find something that will catch your eye. Home to some of... More 

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Alton, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is one of the finest art museums in the world, and best of all, there is no charge. After you visit Trafalgar Square, just turn in the opposite direction of Westminster and there you will see the National Gallery. Take lots of time and enjoy this find

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Definitely a place to go when visiting London! It was a highlight for me on our trip. It is big with a lot to see, but it is well laid out so you can easily pick and choose the areas you wish to visit and what artists you wish to see. Information about each piece of art is well stationed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

excellent to visit in london on the rainy day ..it will take few good h to see it all but is well worth it for art lovers ..

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The best gallery in London - a lot of the paintings remind you from early art school lessons - excellent place

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The "Painters' Paintings" was on, so be sure and see that. Very enlightening. Who knew that they bought/collected each others' works? And have a snack in the cafeteria!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A friend of mine with dementia is very comfortable here on her own; they take great care of her. Service to be proud of.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It was an amazing experience when I visited the national gallery. The entrance is free and you can spent a lot of time by admiring the art.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went there late afternoon to avoid the maddening crowds that usually take over the museums and galleries in the mornings. We took free 1 hour tour with a National Gallery guide that was super informative but only scratched the surface of what this fabulous collection of art has to offer, therefore, we rented audio guides that took us trough... 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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