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National Portrait Gallery

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This world-famous museum houses portraits of noted Britons from the Tudors to the present day.
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Charing Cross Road 2 St. Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE, England
Trafalgar Square / Embankment
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Reviewed today via mobile

Whilst I have been to the NPG before, I’d never paid to wander around any of the exhibitions that are held. A couple of old friends and I decided that’s what we would do when we met up recently. What fabulous photos, and I never...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank lesleyw299
Reviewed yesterday

This museum is focussing on portaits over the history which makes it very interesting. The art is well documented. One can easily spend 3 hours in here. I would have liked the modern history represented in a more prominent way.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Mick1803
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A favourite London Gallery. On this occasion heading for the Martin Parr Retrospective. Both good and extensive, he's been fairly prolific over the last four decades (barely looks old enough). And a fine book of the show to purchase. The last exhibition of his we...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank haylingseagoon
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a fabulous gallery, especially if one is a history lover. I came this last time to see the Elizabethan Treasures exhibition (marvellous; make sure you ask for a magnifying glass as you enter), but ended up spending the rest of the afternoon at...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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NPG_London_UK, General Manager at National Portrait Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for your considered and glowing review. It was so pleasing to read that not only did you get to enjoy the exhibition Elizabethan Treasures, but that you spent the afternoon with us taking in some wonderfully and historically rich portraits. I...More

Reviewed 3 days ago

Headed here knowing it was free - superb. Mostly portraits but some historical scenes too, some of the most recognisable tudor monarchy paintings are kept here. Really fascanating, beatifully laid out and generally quite quiet, so you can enjoy the exhibts in piece. Goes all...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank mattfrost216
NPG_London_UK, General Manager at National Portrait Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for the review you have left us. It has been great reading that you so enjoyed our gallery and the portraits contained within. We very much hope to see you again soon. Kindest regards,

Reviewed 5 days ago

I haven't been for maybe 20 years ago so we decided to drop by after lunch locally. We started at the top and worked downwards. There are some iconic portraits, Shakespeare, Henry 8th, Cromwell, Churchill and so on. Seeing the original works such as this...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank LondonGenie
NPG_London_UK, General Manager at National Portrait Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to visit us and for leaving a review. The details in some of the works are truly staggering. I am glad that you were able to visit and take them all in. We hope to see you again in...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

A great gallery in London that sometimes gets overlooked. The Tudor gallery has the famous Elizabeth1 portrait and the Anne Boleyn portrait wearing the B necklace but for me the the most stunning is the Holbein cartoon thats the only remnant that remains of an...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank kingdomDublin
NPG_London_UK, General Manager at National Portrait Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. The Holbein cartoon is indeed a stunning piece of art. So glad that you got to enjoy the Elizabethan Treasures exhibition too. The attention to detail in the works in something to behold....More

Reviewed 6 days ago

Just around the corner of the National Art Museum, the National Portrait Gallery is an excellent way to spend as much time as you wish gazing at masterful art and learning about the history of England, as well. Close to Trafalgar Square. Highly recommend this...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank TommyTomThomas
NPG_London_UK, General Manager at National Portrait Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. I am so happy to read that you enjoyed your time spent with us. We hope to be able to welcome you again soon. Best wishes,

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I am a history buff, so this museum was high on my list of "must see" places. It did not disappoint. I loved seeing the portraits of the Tudor and Stuart periods. Lots of school groups were there, but they just added to the charm.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Heather S
NPG_London_UK, General Manager at National Portrait Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a glowing review. I am most pleased that you enjoyed your visit and your step through history. We hope to be able to welcome you again very soon. Best wishes,

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I guess it does what it says on the tin with high ceilings to allow for some massive works of art. The oils on canvas of yesteryear were awesome depicting various ages. Tudor Elizabethan Victorian Contemporary etc all represented. Has the occasional ticketed displat with...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank iainmcleod
NPG_London_UK, General Manager at National Portrait Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review for us. I am happy to read that you enjoyed your time at the National Portrait Gallery and that you will return. We look forward to welcoming you again. Kindest regards,

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estrella93
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April 2, 2017|
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Response from rhamba k | Reviewed this property |
Hi There are many ortaits of sir paul there. Be sure to lok in store for postcards and photos and posters from2015 Photography Exhibition. On Beatles. Think you can purchase. I advise ask at front desk as there are rooms... More
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Eleanor D
March 28, 2017|
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Response from mota1965 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry. Y haven't been there yet. However if the quality is the same as usual (Picasso portraits as an example) your £ will be well spend. Normally the price can be between 8 up to 12 £.Please enjoy.
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