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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
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10:00 am - 7:00 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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Free and good overview

Entrance for the permanent collection is free. We liked the fact that the museum has about just the right size, not too big and not too small. Some great paintings, not to be... read more

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London, England
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87 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Entrance for the permanent collection is free. We liked the fact that the museum has about just the right size, not too big and not too small. Some great paintings, not to be missed especially on a rainy day.

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Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Quite a small exhibition for $11 entry fee seemed a lot (we stayed an hour). Extremely interesting seeing the three impressionists side by side and learning how closely they were linked. Loved the Monet and was surprised by the Van Gogh. Enjoyable for adults, but not for kids.

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Woodbridge, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited the Scottish National Gallery during our recent trip to Edinburgh. It was a great way to spend a rainy afternoon looking at their art collection and the price was spot on..... free admission!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Coming from Australia, so far from my ancestral country of England, travelling through the UK has long been on my bucket list. Scotland in particular resonates with me and its art was high on my 'must see' list. This gallery didn't disappoint, with dramatic European paintings of significance through well known Scottish artists to the wee painting of a little... More 

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Brasilia, DF
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The gallery has a nice collection of several paintings from different history eras and sinec it does not charge for entrance at the moment, makes it a good stop for a relaxing and cultural moment.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Scottish National Gallery is certainly one attraction not to be missed. Take time to see all the art and with each piece you will be rewarded.

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Thank Bruce H
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a superb small gallery. There are some real treasures housed here. It is very accessible. There is plenty of room to view the pictures and it was not too busy. The pictures were well lit. The shop and café were good.

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely gallery but layout was strange. You arrived in the exhibition at the end and have to walk through it to find the start. Still worthwhile.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It is unbelievable that the admission is free!!! It is a perfect place for you to spend your time when it is raining and cold outside. There is also a nice café in the lower level (same level as the gift shop) where you can sit and read a book. I chose to sit outside so that I could enjoy... More 

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Southampton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

What a fabulous selection of treasures. We had a great time, following the history of art. The staff were helpful and informative. We spent a wonderful time here. Plus there is excellent cake and coffee at the end 😉

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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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