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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

1 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JD, Scotland
+44 131 624 6200
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Well worth a visit

This is an interesting gallery in a very interesting building. Free entry (as many museums and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Lancaster, United Kingdom
Extensive history lesson

Not only were the portraits interesting, the commentary beside each one was a wonderful short... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JD, Scotland
New Town
+44 131 624 6200
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Reviewed yesterday

This is an interesting gallery in a very interesting building. Free entry (as many museums and galleries in Edinburgh) a very good café for snacks and light meals. The exhibitions are split into modern and traditional. Including a coffee break, you can happily spend 3...More

Thank craghopper1
Reviewed 4 days ago

Not only were the portraits interesting, the commentary beside each one was a wonderful short history lesson. Very nice

Thank Kay287
Reviewed 6 days ago

This was educational for me because I obviously know next to nothing about Scottish history. This is a small museum and it relays Scottish history through portrait of people who helped shape it. Portraits of contemporary Scots were also featured, and I didn't know who...More

Thank Vitarachel
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Portrait Gallery, west of the tram terminus in York Place, is well worth a visit, not just for the paintings, but for the glimpse of history that it offers. I love to go to the second floor and gaze at Mary Queen of Scots,...More

Thank davidcockburn1
Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited a bit late in the afternoon on a Tuesday, and I was greeted by probably the nicest and most forthcoming guard I have ever encountered. He gave me great tips for seeing the best bits of the gallery in just 1 hour. My...More

Thank muffedille
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very exiting collection, lots to see and by a lot of different artists. The building itself is also interesting, the ceiling and flooring are beautiful. So look at the art, but also the great architecture

Thank Lonech
Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed the art here, although many are by great artists but not their best work. I was expecting a number of Sargent's but there's just one excellent one.

Thank Laura F
Reviewed 1 week ago

The exhibitions create interesting narratives from portraits to teach the history of Scotland. There was an interesting exhibit on masculinity.

Thank Harriet G
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an excellent exhibition for anyone interested in the history of photography. It is made all the more interesting by using the commentary which is available via the gallery's wifi network. The whole experience gives a fascinating insight into the sadly far too short...More

Thank Yellowbus2014
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not certain it's still in view, but the Jacobite Exhibit at the Portrait Gallery was worth a trip! There is another major exhibit at the National Museum ongoing in late June. If still on exhibit, I highly recommend it!

Thank Karen B
New Town
Suits and shopping bags rule the streets of New Town,
until after dark when strappy dresses come out to
play. This is the city’s central business district
with its smaller offices, clothes boutiques, and many
of the city’s flashiest restaurants and ritziest
clubs. The architecture along roads like George Street
helps give it a swank and formal feel: it’s a planned
Georgian development of regal townhouses, geometric
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Fiona A
August 13, 2016|
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Response from Fiona A | Reviewed this property |
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
September 20, 2015|
Response from Christine D |
Easy to find but very difficult to park. Better to park in a 'park and ride' and get bus into city centre.