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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
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

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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Heart of London

Must visit during your stay in London. Great art pieces and atmosphere. You can keep walking arounf for hours or if you draw even stop for some drawings...fab place.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Kansas City, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

When tagging along on my husband's business trip, I decided to check out the National Gallery during one of my solo afternoons. Good way to kill a few hours, but definitely got bored after a while. I recommend you pull up the 30 highlight paintings on the app and make you sure you see those in person before you leave.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Must visit during your stay in London. Great art pieces and atmosphere. You can keep walking arounf for hours or if you draw even stop for some drawings...fab place.

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Seabeck, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was, by far, one of my favorite stops on our week in London. I was moved to tears by the Monets and loved the peaceful atmosphere and great leather benches and couches to sit on to spend more time looking at the paintings. Great gift shop, too.

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Lowestoft, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went to have a look round this museum as I have never been there before. The exhibits tell an interesting story but it is not really a place to take young children and is mostly aimed at people studying fashion and design.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is free. You can spend lots of time here seeing most of the great artists of the world -- Monet, Pissaro, Rembrandt, Van Gogh and many, many more. It is laid out so it is easy to see everything. It may take a couple of visits. My wife and I visit every time we are in London. It was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Ill always love it here makes me proud to be british! im planning on bringing my daughter along soon! Perhaps when the wether cools slightly!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

So many amazing pieces of work, you could spend days here easily. Worth taking some time out for. A little difficult to navigate around and find certain paintings, probably worth getting a brochure/map.

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East York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We wandered here as we had skip the line pass. There was a dutch painters flower exhibit which was Nice but nothing Like the monets and van goghs :-) A beautiful museum, oddly laid out but still impressive. The cafe had wonderful treats.

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Birchington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The new Sainsbury wing has added fresh style to this super iconic museum where you can get so very close to the exhibits itmakes you feel they could be on your sitting-room wall- for a moment or two! We particularly enjoyed the 18th and 19th century galleries in our most recent visit with the new acquisitions and exhibits in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I spent about and hour and half inside this museum. I rushed through it, snapping pics of the descriptions and the paintings so I could read up at a more leisurely pace. Goal was to go back again during our trip, but I should know better....you never go back. This is a free museum and if I am lucky enough... 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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