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National Gallery
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Small-Group Guided Tour of the National Gallery in London
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Private Guided Tour of the National Gallery in London
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The National Gallery houses the national collection of paintings in the Western European tradition from the 13th to the 19th centuries. It is on show 361 days a year, free of charge.
Reviewed November 16, 2013

Spent over 4 hours here on a wet Friday and could easily have spent double that time. Galleries are basically arranged chronologically and the National Gallery is especially strong on the Italian renaissance art as well as Dutch and French art.
You wont find that much British paintings, go to Tate Britain for that.Paintings from most of the greats here: Rembrandt, Raphael, Degas, Monet, Van Gogh, Titian, Rubens and many others.
Pick up a guide to navigate around the galleries.
Be warned if you try and take photographs of the art you will be told off very quickly by the eagle eyed attendants. I personally dont understand why as most of these paintings have been reproduced in thousands of publications.

Thank Phil C
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Reviewed November 16, 2013

The National Gallery is free to enter and contains many fascinating works of art. The location of this gallery is worth a visit, in front of Trafalgar Square, one of the most beautiful london spots. f you are around Trafalgar square, you won't miss this imposingly building.Truly remarkable and fab experience. If you have the opportunity I recommend that you spread the visit over two days

Thank joseph m
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Reviewed November 15, 2013 via mobile

Loved this show of paintings from familiar artists Klimt, Egon Schiele and Kokoschka and many lesser known artists. It captures a time in Vienna at the turn of the Century (1900) when the social status of the newly rich was evidenced, enhanced and cemented by their commissioning of portraits of themselves and their families. No longer the bastion of royalty, portraiture highlighted a critical time in the evolving, multi-cultural capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire

The Show is not crowded so there is ample space to view all the works. We added the audio guide which provided an informative commentary

Pay no attention to negative art critic reviews and go see for yourself

1  Thank Rachel N
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Reviewed November 15, 2013

This is an amazing opportunity to view famous original paintings. You can spend as long or as little time as you like and being right on Trafalgar Square it's easily accessible.

Thank figgy66
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Reviewed November 15, 2013

This is a must see if you're visiting London, and you could spend hours wandering around either trying to visit the whole this or just sitting admiring certain paintings. There is such a wide choice though you'll never see everything in one go.

There are some really famouse paintings here all of it is completely free. During my visit there was also a temporary exhibition on by Landy. This I really enjoyed and was something very different from what I expected from the National Gallery.

Though there are no photographs allowed they are very happy for people to sketch in the gallery (I even saw someone who'd brought their own chair to sit in and sketch - and why not!). The gallery has a number of different activities going on throughout the day including tours, and childrens story times.

The cafe is also very good here, as are the gift shops which have a good choice of art prints, gifts, books...

Thank StraightOutOfKansas
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