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“Peace and quiet”

Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Ranked #25 of 411 things to do in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Visit one of Edinburgh’s most iconic buildings and explore a fascinating overview of Scotland past and present though a wealth of imagery encompassing painting, photography, sculpture and film. Meet the people who have helped shape the nation’s identity at home and abroad from Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie and Robert Burns, through to more recent pioneers in science, sport and the arts.. See this outstanding national Collection in its newly refurbished 19th century home, from the suite of grand, top-lit galleries to smaller, intimate rooms, and discover the new Photography Gallery and the atmospheric Victorian Library. Round off your trip to the Portrait Gallery with a visit to our new café. Serving a delicious menu of fresh dishes and classic recipes, our team are passionate about sourcing the very best local ingredients and seasonal produce. A great place for lunch or even just a coffee break, our family-friendly venue is one of the best cafes in Edinburgh. Admission is free. Charges may apply for special exhibitions.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Peace and quiet”
Reviewed March 30, 2013

Nice to be able to sit at peace for a while, and admire the work of talented artists in pleasant surroundings.

Visited December 2012
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Upgraded and reopened”
Reviewed March 29, 2013

This is one of my favourite galleries which gets good exhibitions. It's recently been renovated and now has a very modern shop and cafe. To be honest I preferred the original style of cafe it was friendly and homely with good food. For me the cafe is now too upmarket and pricey and there's not the same cosy atmosphere there used to be. When you visit the galleries in Edinburgh PLEASE make a donation as you leave. Too many people just walk out without a thought of what it costs to bring exhibitions for our pleasure. We can only keep our galleries free admission if people make a donation. Thanks

Visited March 2013
Thank Denise L
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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“The faces of Scottish history”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

As a Scot with a working knowledge of the country’s movers, shakers, artists and writers over the centuries I found the revamped museum absolutely riveting and my Canadian companion was also fascinated by the detailed Jacobite gallery and the portraits of big hitters like Mary Queen of Scots, Bonny Prince Charlie, Walter Scott and Rabbie Burns. It was the first time I’d seen the Jacobite glassware and it was a highlight of the visit. The busts of still-living politicians and writers briefly disconcerted me though: I’d been out of the country for just two months! The café sold the mandatory scones and cakes.

Visited January 2013
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Great !”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

the Stand Comedy club is next door also..... its a nice place to have a wee donder around........... nice building which has recently been renovated.

Visited October 2012
Thank Mike C
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“House of Annie Lennox”
Reviewed March 27, 2013

Fabulous exhibition of an iconic female performer of the modern age. Other exhibits in the 12 galleries in addition to the contemporary gallery brilliant

Visited March 2013
Thank Ann E
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