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Scottish National Gallery

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Princes Street and Gardens
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Address: The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131 624 6200
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Thu 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri - Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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This is not London, however they have excellent exhibitions

Good collection, low on masterpieces - but they have them. The temporary exhibitions they host is top world class. The organisation and location has a charm to this place. Worth... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Good collection, low on masterpieces - but they have them. The temporary exhibitions they host is top world class. The organisation and location has a charm to this place. Worth the while bofore, during or after Highland visit or city tour.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a museum with a very wide-ranging collection of fine art, including works of many well-known, but also lesser known artists. This makes the exhibition very original - even with a limited knowledge of art you will find many works that you can relate to or that you might know a little bit about, but you will also be... More 

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Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Visited to see the paintings of the Tesco Bank children's competition. My 8 year old granddaughter was with us. Also had a quick tour of the art gallery which is well worth a visit. Had coffee/juice in the café which was excellent. Well worth the visit.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

There is an exhibition of Daubigny, who inspired much of the impressionist movement. Best £11 I've spent in a long time. Went around open mouthed in awe. I had also forgotten how good the permanent collection is. Always worth a visit

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I visit about 20-30 art exhibits a year in or around London and any countries I am visiting, but predominately the UK. This was my first visit to the Scottish National Gallery and it was incredible. The exhibit was located in beautiful rooms with high vaulted ceilings, lots of perfect light and absolutely gorgeous. I saw paintings of Van Gogh... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went here with my husband with a few hours to kill on a Thursday afternoon. Wasn't really in the plan for the day, but it was well worth the stop. We were there about 90 minutes, and felt like we saw most of the permanent exhibit. Nice if you have just a few hours, and don't just want to sit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was a very interesting exhibition comparing the works of these three impressionist artists. The rest of the galkery looked tempting, but I didn't have time. I also joined the free tour,nearly evening, which threw a lot if light on the styles, modus operandi of the artists - painting from boats etc. An extremely knowledgeable guide. There is a good... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This gallery is an outstanding location for all the portraits on display. We experienced Scottish history as we toured the rooms and exhibits. Original portraits that you usually only see in books and magazine articles are displayed There is an amazing library with ancient texts that are within reach! Research this place and go there if you can. You won't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The main collection is incredible. Very well organized and not so big as to be overwhelming. There was a special exhibit featuring impressionist painters which we found very enjoyable

Thank Gary C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had a good time revisiting the SNG. It has a good collection of Scottish portraitists with some impressionist works. If you are going to see a specific paint check ahead with the gallery as several of the "headliners" were out on tour when we visited.

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Princes Street and Gardens
Glaswegians tease Edinburghers that their High Street is only half one, since buildings only line one side. But what they don’t say is how extraordinary the views are from Princes Street as a result. From here you look onto expansive and decorative public gardens beneath the mighty basalt cliffs on which Edinburgh’s Castle stands proud above the rest of the dramatic old town skyline. Yet many of those on Princes Street look the other way, as they’re concerned with chain store shopping or catching the tram or a train at main train station Waverley. But it’s not all utility here; the Scottish National Gallery rewards purposeless wandering, and December’s huge winter market in the gardens begins a season of revelry which ends with Hogmanay, Britain’s largest New Year’s street party.
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