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National Portrait Gallery

#36 of 1,430 things to do in London
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Trafalgar Square / Embankment
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Address: 2 St. Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE, England
Phone Number: 020 7306 0055
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Thu - Fri 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Wed 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

This world-famous museum houses portraits of noted Britons from the Tudors...

This world-famous museum houses portraits of noted Britons from the Tudors to the present day.

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Small but has an amazing portraits....

Really great free exhibition of art. A smaller version of the National Gallery, really don't know why this isn't just another part of that. It is a lot of portraits for sure... read more

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Phoenix, AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Really great free exhibition of art. A smaller version of the National Gallery, really don't know why this isn't just another part of that. It is a lot of portraits for sure. Mostly free but there are a few pay exhibitions if you want to see more.

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Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The history of this place is amazing. Many portraits from history books. Very enjoyable and many recognizable fases.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Brits already pack the NPG, but I highly recommend it to visiting Americans as well. It is full of portraits of the people who fill your literature and history classes, and the NPG is not shy about telling you the sexy, fun side of history. If it's not on your list, put it there!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Saturday 20th August saw us with a free hour in London so we opted to visit the National Portrait Gallery. There was a variety of styles and techniques on display. The visit was very worthwhile and I made a short video clip of my favourite portraits which included Tony Blair, Sir Ian Mckellan and Dame Maggie Smith.This is the start... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I had part of the afternoon so I looked on London A-Z to see what was close to me. I thought, "well this looks interesting." Little did I know. My mind was blown, Monet, Van Gough, Picaso. My partner had to push me along so that other people could view. I thought to myself, "how many times will I get... More 

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

National portrait museum is right next to Trafalgar square and is easy to get to by bus, walking, train station or tube station. It is free entry and has a little coffee/gift shop. There are many different paintings on many different people/times from the royal family to the different century of the English history. You can spend 30 minutes up... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We actually ended up here completely by mistake. What a pleasant surprise. I would definitely recommend a walk around to see the astonishing quality and variety of portraits, they really do make you stop and think.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The National Portrait Gallery has joined many other museums in the very unfortunate habit of putting glass over their works of art. What this meant for me is that when I looked at a portrait I saw 1) my own reflection in the glass and 2) the reflection of the spotlights aimed at the glass. Putting glass over the portraits... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visited with my girlfriend who was wanting to do a bit of research. There was one exhibition that was paid but the rest was all free. The amount you can see is amazing and is well worth a visit. It was very busy but due to the location it's to be expected.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is one of my favourite art galleries in London and I loved the Tudor collection. The portrait of Jane Austin was another one I particularly liked. Apparently, it is the only portrait of the famous novelist in existence and was sketched by her sister, Cassandra. I also liked the personal collections of Audrey Hepburn. There were 35 photographs of... 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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