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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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Lots and lots and lots of paintings

A really good tour through british and western european history through paintings. Not as much sculpture or other objects, but paintings as old at 1300 and heaps of them in the 17... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A really good tour through british and western european history through paintings. Not as much sculpture or other objects, but paintings as old at 1300 and heaps of them in the 17 and 1800's. Only a smidge of modern stuff, if you want that head to the Tate Modern. A good way to spend several hours.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you love classical art, this must be the best destination in the world. A stunning collection in the heart of one of the world's most attractive tourist destinations. And free too. If you have queued in the heat for the Uffizi, then struggled with the crowds, come here for Renaissance art at the Sainsbury wing. and it is not... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

If you have any interest in art just go. If you don't, go any way. You soon will have. And it's all free.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

this museum is in Trafalgar square and is very interesting is also free its close to the theatres so a nice way to while away your time before going to the theatre.

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North Yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful and interesting to see art hanging in an amazing setting... one criticism is it would have been nice for some central seating for us oldies to sit and contemplate the pieces.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was an afternoon visit, so we had to decide what we would see and fast. My kids got tired, but there where places for them to sit in every hall. I enoyed every piece of art. This gallery is a one complete day visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited this museum for our team event for Christmas . 2 team Lot's to see and lot's to get round ,but was a good experience we had look for the painting which matched the answer to questions . Fun for all age's .

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Cork, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Some of the paintings at the tate modern can leave you spellbound. As I used to study nearby, I would visit this place a lot and have so many ideas for the meaning of the paintings. The square itself houses many events and is a great place for tourists.

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London, United Kingdom
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The main reason to visit is to see the incredible Vincent Van Gogh Sunflowers. An amazingly priceless piece. WOW! The museum is free to enter and you can get an audio tour with headphones and they are excellent if you want an explanation of individual pieces. Don't go in without the headphones otherwise the pics become pointless when you know... More 

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Dadlington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

However short the visit, I find time spent at the National Gallery and visiting either the permanent collections or the changing exhibitions is a great way to recharge my batteries.

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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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