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National Portrait Gallery

#40 of 1,555 things to do in London
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Trafalgar Square / Embankment
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Address: St. Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE, England
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+44 20 7306 0055
10:00 am - 9:00 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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Great to see portraits of notable Brits

We really enjoyed our visit to this Gallery and would recommend it if you'd like to see the painting of the Bronte sisters. There are heaps of paintings of former Prime Ministers... read more

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We really enjoyed our visit to this Gallery and would recommend it if you'd like to see the painting of the Bronte sisters. There are heaps of paintings of former Prime Ministers and notable people from British History.

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Mahopac, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

ENglish history and culture are such a part of our lives,....and here they all are, the people you've read and learned about, all hanging on walls waiting for their recognition..... YOu can spend as much or as little time as you like here, but to me, it's SO worth it...and then go eat at The Crypt at St, Martin's in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had an excellent 2 course meal from al carte menu for £27.50 lunchtime today. Excellent wine, great service and amazing views across London from 4th floor restaurant. Booking advisable, great for lunch & does afternoon teas. Only open in the evenings Friday & Saturday night. I had a wonderful spicy hot & sour chilli beef salad starter. A very... More 

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Hastings, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I haven't been here for a few years but found myself with a windy day and a need to be inside. While some exhibits hadn't changed, more had than I thought! I love walking around the rooms, they are spacious and well laid out. No need to all huddle around the same painting. As a history lover seeing some of... More 

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Small enough that you don't feel tired by the end of the trip. Interesting to look though and you feel ready for more by the end.

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Lancaster, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A must see. We always pick a freebie and one other attraction when we spend a few nights in London. I go onto the 'what's free in London' website and found this as was suitably impressed with the experience. It was lovely to physically see many portraits that I have seen over the years on tv or in books -... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

One of the better museums in London. It's free but you should make the recommended donation. The museum is arranged nicely by time periods. There are plenty of good explanations about the lives of those who were portrayed. Takes about 2.5 hours to tour if you are into history. Kudos to the guard who went out of her way to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I love this gallery. There really is something for everyone. We took our two mothers - not culture vultures - and they enjoyed looking at all the portraits of the people from 'their era'. Always something new to look at or an old favourite to re-visit. And it's free! Visit and enjoy.

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Excellent exhibition for Picasso. Visited on last day of exhibition. Beautiful collection of artworks - tastefully put together. NOG always does well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's a rather rambling experience at the moment with renovations interrupting access to some of the galleries,but the overall experience justifies persistence.It is still one of the great galleries.

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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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