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
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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.
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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
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nyh769
Israel45 contributions
I loved the National Gallery. It has an amazing collection of paintings from various famous artists, and the gallery itself is a beautiful building. The children, who are not familiar with any these famous artists, appreciated the gallery less than I did. But the price (free!) was just right and there was no advance booking needed (just some queueing outside to enter). Don't miss this museum if you're in London.
Written 8 August 2022
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Justine H
5 contributions
I found the building to be stunning and the rooms spectacular. Overall, the paintings mostly looked the same. What I did enjoy was the student artwork exhibition and the wonderful gentlemen who asked my opinion of the work and had a discussion with me about children and art. He was very enthusiastic.
Written 7 August 2022
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Traipserod
Kingston, Canada30 contributions
One of the great art galleries in the world so it it a must see while in London. The good selection of works in the periods from the middle ages through old masters to impressionism.
Written 7 August 2022
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Jaan K
Knoxville, TN22 contributions
great day- square is in a charming area for purusing. tea in the crypt is really fun and they take walk ins
Written 5 August 2022
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Stefanos
8 contributions
Friends
The building itself is very elegantly structured and the art that is featured in it is just priceless. My favourite highlights were Van Gogh’s and Da Vinci’s works. Recommended for anyone who appreciates visual art!
Written 3 August 2022
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Shira916
Easton, PA25 contributions
I was super excited to see the Van Gogh Sunflowers and this museum did not disappoint. The museum is amazing and fun to wander around and get lost in the art.
Written 2 August 2022
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Robert W
Lima, Peru63 contributions
Good to see some of those famous paintings, you have always wanted to see, all of the painting are in fantastic condition, some of the 16C pictures look like they could have been painted yesterday, Impressive
Written 2 August 2022
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Patricia G
Halifax, Canada108 contributions
We've walked by the National Gallery so many times on previous trips to London and finally visited. The line was very short so we went in. Glad we did. It's filled with so many treasures. The signage gives an estimate on how long it takes to go through each main gallery but maybe only if you speed walk and see the highlights. We ended up spending a lot more time here - maybe 3 hours - and we didn't see it all. Love how you can go from the earliest pieces in the collection to more modern art. You could easily spend a full morning or afternoon exploring the galleries in more detail. There is no entrance fee, like many large London museums, which is absolutely amazing.
Written 1 August 2022
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hungaryforadventure
Columbus, OH56 contributions
I wasn't planning to go to an art museum in London because I didn't have a lot of time, but I walked by the National Gallery and saw that it was FREE. The collection is amazing, and it gave me Stendahl Syndrome.

I appreciated that there are several suggested routes with estimated times for each route--so if you're on a tight schedule, you can choose what you want to do. I spent around an hour in the museum, although I was tempted to linger longer. They have DaVinci, Michelangelo, Van Eyck, Impressionists. In every gallery my jaw dropped, and I thought "THAT is here!?" I was really excited to see Canaletto's paintings of Venice.

The entrance is free, but I got in trouble in the gift shop.
Written 1 August 2022
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Andrew B
San Diego, CA4 contributions
The National Gallery has something for everyone. You won't find an art museum this extensive for free anywhere else in the world. Leonardo, Van Gogh, Van Eyck...this collection has several masterpieces. Spend 1-2 hours seeing the highlights or spend an entire morning or afternoon and see the whole collection.
Written 31 July 2022
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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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