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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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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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Throughly enjoyed another trip the the National Gallery. It was very busy and a little on the over crowded side. However the opportunity for everyone to see our artistic treasures... read more

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Ruthin, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Throughly enjoyed another trip the the National Gallery. It was very busy and a little on the over crowded side. However the opportunity for everyone to see our artistic treasures for free makes it understandable.

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Trentham, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The location is perfect being right in the heart of London and the collection is priceless. Take your time in this Gallery because there really is a lot to see.

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Colorado Springs
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Stopped into this museum filled with paintings right by Trafalgar Square. Over 2000 images to view including several iconic masterpieces by Monet, Manet and more. Sunflowers by Van Gogh. Irises by Monet. Self-portraits by Rembrandt. Spend an hour. Spend all day. Just wonderful. Staff was helpful. There is also free wifi in the museum so you can Google pieces for... More 

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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We must hang on to all this fantastic art work and the building to match very helpful staff . Paintings you only see on tv and books well worth a visit.

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White Plains, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Marvelous gallery with an excellent collection by the masters. Don't miss the Van Eyck or Rembrandt's self-portrait. An enjoyable experience that is amazingly-for this American-free!

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Having visited most of the art galleries in London, the National Gallery is something special. With its massive collection of European Art spanning centuries, it feels like the most organized and comprehensive art experience in all of London. It can get a bit crowded in some of the smaller galleries, but there's so much to see that you can avoid... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lovely food, great shops - several catering to different types of interest, wonderful art - a perfect visit.

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Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The National Gallery is truly one of London's wonders. Where else can you step in off the street to spend a few hours in the company of the Great Masters ? And all without any charge at all too !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Outstanding museum could spend days there limited time restricted the visit. Highly recommend using audio guides

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This museum is a must see during any visit to London. The building has such beautiful spaces! The art collection is always delightful. I suggest that you visit when the museum opens as the crowds later in the day are overwhelmingly.

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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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