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National Portrait Gallery

#37 of 1,481 things to do in London
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Address: 2 St. Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE, England
Phone Number: 020 7306 0055
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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
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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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Interesting, and free

This is another very interesting London museum, around the corner from the National Gallery. No charge for admission. It has a mix of portraits from various centuries. Found... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is another very interesting London museum, around the corner from the National Gallery. No charge for admission. It has a mix of portraits from various centuries. Found the pictures of the British monarchs, with Henry VIII at bottom center, particularly interesting. Also interesting to look at Christine Keeler, who was involved in a huge government scandal.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Free to get in (sometimes an exhibition charges). I love popping in on a Wednesday evening for a look around (open late). Just off Trafalgar Square some great a paintings, good little shop and the restaurant very pleasant.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Not every portrait here is show-stopping but enough are to make this a memorable stop, and one you'll want to come back to. First we work our way through the power folks: Henry VIII, his wives (well, some weren't powerful enough to make it out alive, but there you go--gaze into Hans Holbein's portraits and see if you can tell... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a superior gallery with works spanning many centuries and many styles. I like the annual BP portrait awards, always fascinating. The restaurant is fabulous, a special treat and since we went to the restaurant we make a whole special day out

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great for finding all sorts of people - Tudors to modern day. Arctic explorers or the like require more searching, but can also be tracked.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What can you say about this place, it is unbelievable that it is free to visit. There is so much to do and I received a tip from somebody who grew up in Westminster and lived locally, they told me to just visit one section at a time. Don't try and do the whole thing otherwise you will suffer from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

With a couple of hours to kill on a showery afternoon, what better place to visit? Unplanned, but a gentle wander through our history and culture. Well-laid out, plenty of seating when the legs needed a short rest and endlessly interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The art gallery, established in 1856 and opened at this spot in 1896 as the addition to the National Gallery, holds a huge collection of portraits (almost two hundred thousand of them) and is like a “who-is-who” catalogue of the most prominent and influential British people. It is a very interesting museum, well-worth the visit and you definitely won’t be... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is located right next to the National Gallery. As the name suggests, it is mainly portraits taken right up until the 00s.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My gal and I are avid museum goers and while she enjoyed this gallery I did not. The reason is simple: she has an extensive knowledge of many of the people whose portraits are on the wall while I do not. I didn't enjoy wandering around looking in even a passive way. If I had it to do over again... 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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