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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

1 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JD, Scotland
+44 131 624 6200
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Undervalued gem

One of my favourite galleries in Edinburgh. The building itself is worth a look and the permanent... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
maggie-ts
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Great Portrait gallery

Was surprised by how much I enjoyed this attraction. It was not overcrowded with tourists and very... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
rogermussenden
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Visit one of Edinburgh’s most iconic buildings and explore a fascinating overview of Scotland past and present though a wealth of imagery encompassing painting, photography, sculpture and film. Meet the people who have helped shape the nation’s identity at home and abroad from Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie and Robert Burns, through to more recent pioneers in science, sport and the arts.. See this outstanding national Collection in its newly refurbished 19th century home, from the suite of grand, top-lit galleries to smaller, intimate rooms, and discover the new Photography Gallery and the atmospheric Victorian Library. Round off your trip to the Portrait Gallery with a visit to our new café. Serving a delicious menu of fresh dishes and classic recipes, our team are passionate about sourcing the very best local ingredients and seasonal produce. A great place for lunch or even just a coffee break, our family-friendly venue is one of the best cafes in Edinburgh. Admission is free. Charges may apply for special exhibitions.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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1 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JD, Scotland
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Reviewed 2 days ago

One of my favourite galleries in Edinburgh. The building itself is worth a look and the permanent exhibitions leave you both moved and impressed. I visit every Christmas to see the tree and buy some unusual gifts. The restaurant is also very good!

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Was surprised by how much I enjoyed this attraction. It was not overcrowded with tourists and very interesting art.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Loved this place. Excellent small contemporary exhibit, including an outstanding portrait of Alan Cummings that was the winner of Sky's Portrait Artist of the Year and my personal reason for visiting. Wonderful history of Scotland told through its portraits, as well. Quiet place to reflect....More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

The exterior of this building is a gem- and the interior is beautiful as well. The main floor rotunda contained famous Scots in statuary and a colorful frieze highlights others. The cafe was a nice place for a cup of tea after touring the remainder...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Fabulous place, something different to see every time I’ve visited which is I think is four times now. Some of the staff are incredibly interested in their work and very happy to inform visitors of some historical gossip..... made our visit all the more memorable....More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

The building's interior is just lovely and special. Free admission and the portraits give an excellent history of Scotland. I would definitely recommend.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Only had half an hour in this beautiful building so need to go back to do it justice. Fabulous wealth of paintings and history, a must to go back and take my time.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The entrance is reward enough for visiting. Great mix of old and new. Peaceful and calm. And free. Thank you Scotland.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This gallery is free and very nice. It’s a beautiful building with a great variety of pieces. My favorite is the Skating Minister. There are great sitting and viewing areas inside. There is a cute little gift shop.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The gallery was close to our accommodations and we would walk past most days so on our last day we checked it out. A really interesting collection of portraits and the building is lovely as well. Worth the time to visit.

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Response from Anneliese M | Reviewed this property |
Excellent selection of scones, sweets, teas and coffee, as well as small sandwiches. I had a strawberry/cream scone and tea in the amazing cafe. Huge windows and a wonderful giftstore right within the cafe area.
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August 13, 2016|
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Thank you kind people for replying. I posted my question in response to someone's complaining that the NPG was far too far away from everything. I realise now I should have phrased my post quite differently, but thank you... More
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September 20, 2015|
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Easy to find but very difficult to park. Better to park in a 'park and ride' and get bus into city centre.
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