Scottish National Gallery

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh: Hours, Address, Scottish National Gallery Reviews: 4.5/5

Scottish National Gallery
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Situated in the heart of Edinburgh, the Scottish National Gallery is home to one of the best collections of fine art in the world. This includes masterpieces by Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Constable, Turner, Monet, Van Gogh and Gauguin. The most comprehensive part of the collection covers the history of Scottish painting with major names such as Ramsay, Raeburn, Wilkie and McTaggart. It is a popular but peaceful attraction in the city centre offering free admission to the permanent collection and additional ticketed exhibitions. This art gallery (or art museum) is part of the National Galleries of Scotland, which also includes the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. It is made up of both the National Gallery building and the Royal Scottish Academy building. Both of these buildings, designed by William Henry Playfair, stand in the heart of Edinburgh.
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The area
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Neighborhood: Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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louiseaI5534NQ
Westhill, UK41 contributions
A must see
Oct 2021 • Couples
Here is a fantastic collection of differenty styled artwork. It begins with Christian artwork which is beautiful and progresses through Dutch and English artworks etc. There are some notable artists included e.g. cezzane, van gogh, rembrant etc. The beautiful Monarch of the Glen is also housed here. Well worth a visit.
Written October 17, 2021
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Thanks for your review! Delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit. Come back soon!
Written October 20, 2021
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John S
2 contributions
Very good - will probably be 5* once the refurbishment is complete
Oct 2021
Really enjoyed our visit, partly because it was pouring with rain outside! At present it's quite small compared to equivalent galleries elsewhere, so looking forward to revisiting in a couple of years time when it should be 50% bigger.
Written October 13, 2021
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Thanks John! Come back and visit us again soon
Written October 20, 2021
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Pandabuddie
United Kingdom770 contributions
Afternoon in the gallery
Oct 2021 • Couples
Had a lovely afternoon here. Not too busy as well. Free to get in.

Ordered tickets online and show at the entrance, various time slots available.
Written October 12, 2021
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CEL67
Leigh-on Sea, UK153 contributions
Limited collection but worth a visit
Oct 2021
This is not a massive collection but it is free to enter and does have some interesting works by both well known and lesser known artists.
Written October 12, 2021
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N.F
Glasgow, UK79 contributions
Stunning
Oct 2021 • Family
Family of four with 11 and 13 year old boys. We had paid to see the Ray Harryhausen: Titan of Cinema exhibition at Modern Two in the morning and we had come into the city centre for a wonder around. Popped into the gallery because my older son wanted to see Monarch of the Glen and wow - I can't believe I've never been here before. It is a spectacular gallery and it's all FREE! Had a lovely conversation with a staff member (lady wearing glasses, English accent) and she gave me some interesting information about some of the paintings. Loved it.
Written October 8, 2021
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So pleased that you managed not just one but TWO galleries! Thanks for your lovely review - we hope you'll be back for another visit soon.
Written October 20, 2021
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JoyceFf
London, UK182 contributions
Refused entry
Sep 2021
Despite a warm welcome at the National Museum I was refused entry to the gallery as I had not pre-booked despite visiting the website before going to make sure it was open. I was told I had to book on-line and, fortunately, had a mobile phone and was able to navigate it well enough to do so - having been offered no help in doing this. I am in my 70's and would expect a little more consideration. The gallery itself was not busy and the shop was closed but the artwork was good to see.
Written October 2, 2021
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Thank you for sharing your experience. We usually can issue tickets in person if are any available. However, something clearly went wrong on the day you visited, so please accept our apologies. Thank you again for visiting and we hope to see you again soon.
Written October 6, 2021
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ZALP66
Plymouth, UK47 contributions
Got to see The Monarch of the Glen
Sep 2021
Not a huge gallery, but has some interesting artwwork on show. Decent way of spending an hour or two.
Written October 2, 2021
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Amy
29 contributions
Stunning
Aug 2021 • Friends
So many beautiful paintings displayed here in this gallery. I sometimes find galleries quite overwhelming, the amount there is to see. However this one was just the perfect size and I was in awe of a lot of the works on display.
Written September 27, 2021
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Thank you for sharing this. We love hearing about your experiences and hope you will visit us again soon.
Written September 28, 2021
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Amelia S
Leicester, UK20 contributions
Very cultural experience
Sep 2021 • Couples
A great experience to see some of histories prominent artists. If you’re in to art this would be a must-see venue. I appreciated seeing some of the work, however it is a big gallery.
Great for a free activity to do and see some culture!
Written September 23, 2021
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JVR77
St. Albans, UK123 contributions
Excellent gallery
Sep 2021
We have visited the gallery before but not in the last 10 years and we enjoyed it as much as ever. There is some very interesting work by Scottish artists and some absolutely wonderful international works - Velazquez's woman cooking eggs is a favourite. We appreciated the generous provision of seating too.
Written September 22, 2021
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Thanks for coming back to see the gallery after all those years. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon.
Written September 28, 2021
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