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“A City's Grand History In Paint.”

Guildhall Art Gallery
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

i visited this attraction whilst having a walk through the City of london, i only live a short walk from this building of significant importance...i was greeted at the door of the art gallery by some lovely gallery staff who were very polite and informative, i then put my bags in the airport style X-Ray machine...there was a gift shop which i had a look around before heading off to look round the gallery.

Obviously before photography, people painted important occasions and many of the paintings recorded City life which some were very grand and the state occasions that have happened over the many years...this including Royalty and the great Alderman of the City past.

There were sculptures around the art gallery too, i then went to what i really came here for and that was the Amphitheatre which is underneath the building right at the very bottom....here you could see remnant's of the roman amphitheatre which were magnificent, you could see what was found when it was discovered...so many objects to look at, when you walked round the amphitheatre there were life size 3D romans fighting with other people and animals too, all in all its a brilliant hour especially if you have children.

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Reviewed April 12, 2013

This is one of the secret treats of London, amazing as it is free and a real Landmark of London.
The art collection is okay , but the real interest is the remains of the amphitheatre and is really worth a visit.

Thank David A
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

Great pictues of London going back to 1670. Remains of the Roman Amphitheater are in the basement of the art gallery. Nice exhibit showing parts of the drainage system, and part of the base of the amphitheater. The Guildhall next door was not open when we visited this gallery, but was still well worth the trip!

Thank Owenthomas
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

We attended a performance of the Greek Tragedy Medea in the atmospheric remains of the Roman amphitheatre in the basement of the beautifully elegant buildings of the Guildhall. Then a look around the art gallery which includes a Holbein and a Rossetti.
Well worth a visit.

Thank debfisherj
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

Smart, classy and traditional best describes the Guildhall Art Gallery. This fantastic free admission gallery is located at the guildhall; mere five minutes walking distance from the Moorgate, Liverpool Street, and Bank underground tube stations. This gallery showcases portraits of kings and queens of the past as well as famous paintings of scenes and landscapes as well as busts and some statues (the full life sized margaret thacther was a pleasant surprise). It is not so much just art on display here as history as well; there are several well known art pieces on display here I was surprised to find them there, in a beautifully done public gallery.

On the surface it seems there is one raised gallery and a small side gallery off to one side but there is far more….a downstairs gallery leads to another gallery, the London gallery which is two large room and a level below that leads down to the biggest delight; the Roman Amphitheatre of London...over two thousand years old these ruins are a piece of heritage preserved and the space now used for theatrical performances in the modern day.

There is even more galleries available to see for a small price, showing various temporary exhibtions. Alone however the free galleries hold more then enough to see.

This is one of London’s best unappreciated free attractions, along with the Bank of England and the Saatchi Gallery. It has a quality similar to that of the more well known national museums but a lot more quiet since the student and tour groups prefer those larger attractions. Combine a day's sightseeing at the other two forthmentioned free attractions and you have a delightful, cheap yet fulfilling sightseeing day in London.

Thank H-G-Powell
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