National Gallery

National Gallery, London: Hours, Address, National Gallery Reviews: 4.5/5

National Gallery
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: 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.
How to get there
  • Charing Cross • 2 min walk
  • Leicester Square • 4 min walk
Popular mentions

4.5
39,806 reviews
Excellent
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Very good
8,569
Average
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Poor
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Londonlover
10 contributions
Fantabulous
Dec 2020
Don't miss it. One day is not enough to take it all in. But don't miss it. Tripadvisor won't let me use al capitals but this museum deserves them.
Written June 17, 2021
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Ali Y
5 contributions
You'll probably need to visit 7 days in the week to view everything
Jun 2021
I would suggest researching what is available to view prior to visiting because there is so much loveliness to see here that's it's impossinle to take it all in within a few hours.
Written June 15, 2021
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Blonde Scottish Piper
39 contributions
Room to move and view
Jun 2021 • Family
With Covid, you need to make sure that you book your time slot. With this and designated routes that you have to take, it actually means that you aren't getting large groups in a few galleries. People are more spread out and I think you actually have a calmer visit.
We had a 9 and 7 year old in our group. Following the green route we saw enough to capture the children's imagination, but I don't think they would have wanted to spend much longer in the gallery. The only disappointment was seeing a disabled gentleman being turned away from the coffee shop as he didn't have a card to pay. He only had cash. I appreciate the difficulty with cash, but remember, not everyone has access to cards.
Written June 13, 2021
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Sarah
Surrey, UK14 contributions
Delightful afternoon at the super gallery
May 2021 • Couples
Amazing selection of art and wonderful building. Couple of hours under the spell of so many painters.
Written June 13, 2021
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Ellie J Joshua
Dunfermline, UK4 contributions
National Gallery of art
Jun 2021
We went to Trafalgar Square where we decided to visit the gallery. The works inside are amazing and we definitely came out of it with a greater appreciation for art.
Written June 12, 2021
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LakridsKaffe
United Kingdom91 contributions
Beautiful gallery
May 2021 • Friends
This is a must-see every time I’m in London. What a wonderful gallery, beautifully set up and with a good selection of art pieces spanning the centuries. You could easily spend a whole day just walking the halls although 3hours should do it for the casual visitor.

Recently, I’ve been especially impressed by the COVID measures put in place: limited entry for bookings only, one-way walkways (that are actually monitored and enforced!) as well as required masks in all areas. Due to the slow drop-in of people it’s possible to enjoy the art more and feel like you have space around you. I felt very safe the whole time.
Written June 8, 2021
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Shirley E
Dronfield, UK258 contributions
Great and well organised
Jun 2021
Good social distancing. Lots of space. Although the shop at the was very busy everyone milling around in there.
Written June 5, 2021
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Szili-Szili
London, UK4 contributions
They let us in with no booking
Jun 2021
Great exhibition, amazing staff, lift for pram. Would not miss it if waking by. Silence, history and great art work from the past,( 13th -20th century) nothing contemporary.
Written June 3, 2021
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Francois B
Paris, France20 contributions
Interest
Oct 2020
We try, a little history, england ok, try show beautiful but i do not buy the stickers not good deal
Written June 2, 2021
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vickym405
Cambridge, UK14 contributions
Lovely visit.
May 2021 • Couples
Wonderful place to walk around. Great pieces of art. Fantastic app which you can download and scan the pictures to learn even more. You can also save your favourites which is useful if you want to look back and maybe purchase some prints.
Written June 2, 2021
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National Gallery is open:
  • Fri - Fri 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Sat - Thu 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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