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National Portrait Gallery

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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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Of course the masterpieces are the main attractions here, but when you're done with them you can head up to the Portrait Restaurant for a fabulous sunset cocktail and view. Our... read more

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Blue Hill Falls, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Of course the masterpieces are the main attractions here, but when you're done with them you can head up to the Portrait Restaurant for a fabulous sunset cocktail and view. Our ten year old daughter tolerated this museum; I wouldn't recommend unless your child is really well behaved.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I love this museum, particularly during the BP Portrait Award exhibition, when they show modern portraiture at its best. This year is no exception. Of course, I never agree with the judges but that's half the fun of the visit. Overall it is a lovely museum, still free, with a great range on offer but often overlooked by visitors to... More 

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You can never see it all but that's ok because you can keep going back. Highly recommend. Plus Trafalgar Square where the Gallery is. We always look out for the new exhibits on the Fourth Plinth. Often a surprise!

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Every single time I`m in London I manage to visit the NPG, as it`s wonderful indeed. You can travel in history from the Middle ages to these days across the British history.I highly recommend it .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Whether you go to the special exhibits (for which you have to pay) or just wander through (for free), there's something for everyone... and then some... The eateries are well worth a visit too. Up top (with view) or down below (also with view)... and then there's the shop. If you weren't a portrait enthusiast before, there may be something... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Free entry (voluntary donations) Impressive portraits even if you are not an art buff - well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The National Portrait Gallery in London is just behind the National Gallery in Charing Cross Road. We visit regularly both to see familiar collections arranged by historical period or gentle (e.g. Authors), but also recent works. As the name suggests, this collection, which is quite large, includes only portraits, but there are also multimedia presentations about some of the sitters.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

With so much history in London, this was a nice way to recall the many contributions in science, literature, etc. as well as the normal Royal presence. Worth the time and take the head sets.

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This is a wonderful collection of portraits, including paintings, sculptures and photographs of all manner of people over hundreds of years of British history since the 16th century. Some famous, others not. You could almost look at is as an annex of the National Gallery. There's a lovely, inexpensive cafe in the basement, and an expensive restaurant on the top... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The National Portrait Gallery is a great place to enjoy a rainy afternoon. There are hundreds of fantastic portraits on display.

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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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