National Gallery

National Gallery, London: Hours, Address, National Gallery Reviews: 4.5/5

National Gallery
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Trafalgar Square / Embankment
With its iconic Nelson’s Column, majestic oversized lions and brightly-lit fountains, Trafalgar Square is not just considered the heart of this bustling London hub, but the very core of the city itself. Beyond this esteemed gathering place are more famous icons, as well as a disproportionate numbers of the city’s most popular cultural attractions including the National Gallery and many West End theaters. Along the way to these major sites are quiet lanes and antiquated pubs to discover, as well as riverside vistas to enjoy on the embankment. With a calendar full of celebratory events, any time of year is a fine time to visit.
How to get there
  • Charing Cross • 2 min walk
  • Leicester Square • 4 min walk
Popular mentions

4.5
39,820 reviews
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8,572
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Kerzy
North East England, UK175 contributions
A wee bit boring
Jul 2021
Not for us and a bit of a rabbit Warren getting around. Failed to see what I wanted to see. Only visit if you like art.
Written 23 July 2021
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graham137
Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK113 contributions
Inspiring art
Jun 2021 • Couples
My wife and I visited to view the Copernicus portrait and the new Bellotto exhibition. These are outstanding and inspiring pictures, beautifully hung and curated. The Gallery is dealing really well with the trials of COVID-19.
Written 23 July 2021
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Denise S
London, UK95 contributions
Jan Matejko's Capernicus @ NG
Jul 2021
Our first visit to a gallery for a Covid-safe visit, this exhibition was so special. Just a small queue but we could linger as long as we wished with our Polish relatives who appreciated the explanations in Polish as well as English - you must go whilst you still can - well worth it!
Written 22 July 2021
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Jacqueline Canding
London, UK10 contributions
Peaceful and calm - definitely worth a visit
Apr 2021
I visited with my daughter Tina (16), who loves art.

We arrived at the gallery on a Saturday and there wasn’t too much crowding, relatively calm atmosphere and friendly guides. I really liked the architecture of the place, it was made of rough white stone that held up the roof, clever design.

The Van Gogh and Da Vinci exhibitions are amazing, they showcase a portion of the most excellent art in England. Tina really enjoyed photographing them. The rich colours and abstract styles are mind blowing.
Written 21 July 2021
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alicebarr17
United Kingdom27 contributions
Quiet and calm
Jul 2021
You have to book ahead, but I decided to pop in on a whim so the man outside helpfully told me how to book for a slot right then which was very convenient! The gallery is so beautiful and it's so lovely to be able to see all of these paintings for free - my favourite is a painting which changes depending on the angle you view it from. On one side you can see a skull, but when you walk across you can only see a flat disk! Very cool if you're looking at perspective for an art project or if you're just interested!
Written 20 July 2021
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Joan
6 contributions
Brilliant gallery.
Aug 2020
My favourite part of the gallery has always been the Tudors and Stuarts and the odd Plantanganets. Great atmosphere.
Written 20 July 2021
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bm230199
Sheffield, UK20 contributions
Very nice gallery, definitely worth a visit
Jul 2021
The gallery was very beautiful and easy to get to, The staff were mostly very helpful and understanding. There were some lovely paintings and I would definitely recommend the Monet and Van Gogh paintings. The only issue I had was the one way systems don't make sense and also don't allow you to see all of the room, they tend to make you choose between rooms and then you can't get back into the other ones because it's a one-way system. Luckily we had some very nice staff who allowed us to ignore the one-way system to get into the other rooms but it was quite confusing and stressful. Overall though a nice day out if you can navigate the Ikea like maze of routes.
Written 19 July 2021
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Aaron James
Oxford, UK56 contributions
Amazing art - for free!
Jun 2021 • Friends
The National Gallery is a true treasure in London. Among the firm favourites of the art world, you’ll find provocative and beautiful pieces which are all special in their own way. The architecture is stunning and is not to be missed!
Written 16 July 2021
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Foodcritic
London, UK2 contributions
Amazing
Jul 2021
As a bit of an historical art buff this place ticked all the boxes for me. Great place to visit whilst in Central London- definitely recommend!
Written 14 July 2021
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Geoff D
Tewkesbury, UK12 contributions
Beautiful well laid out
Jul 2021
Enjoyed it very much, spending 2 hours following the carefully planned one way route. A good number of people there but never too crowded.
Written 13 July 2021
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National Gallery is open:
  • Fri - Fri 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Sat - Thu 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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