National Gallery
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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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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  • Benjamin A
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom11 contributions
    Beautiful artwork from around the world
    We have been here with the whole family at least 5 times and it always feels so new. A wide variety of the most beautiful artwork from different ages and painters and countries, all housed in a gorgeous building. The interior of the gallery itself is one of the most impressive things about it. I would recommend coming on a weekday to avoid the crowds, but the Van Gogh pieces usually have a decent number of people surrounding them. If you come during the week you can take decent pictures. Entry is free but we made a donation upon entering.
    Visited February 2020
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 March 2020
  • AvidTraveler12
    Winchester, United Kingdom1,810 contributions
    Came for the Gauguin Portraits
    The National Gallery is without question one of the worlds great art galleries up there with the best Paris, Madrid and Vienna have to offer. There is just to much to see in a single visit. If you can manage it, it's best to come 2 or 3 times and view different parts of the gallery on each visit. As it's free it does not mean added expenditure. On this occasion I went to a "special" exhibition of Gauguin's portraits held in a separate building, which you did have to book well in advance and pay but it was well worth it, certainly the largest gatherings of Gauguin portraits under one roof I have ever seen. History seems to be judging the artist in a different light these days, if you judge him on his painting ability alone, he is a master. A truly wonderful exhibition.
    Visited January 2020
    Written 26 January 2020
  • Littletinkers
    England, United Kingdom37 contributions
    Cut to the best bits
    Firstly making this trip with 2 boys who would rather be out playing sport meant we did not spend hours examining each piece of art. The gallery is free to enter so I was happy to make a quick trip rather than to put the boys off! I do however think everyone should spend something whilst they are there to help support this fantastic gallery. The plan was to use the shorter 80 painting audio guide but we soon deviated from it. (The audio guide was £10 for a family of 4) We made whistle stop tours to each of the earlier rooms talking about generally what we saw, ie religious paintings, dark, bodies, or landscapes. In some rooms we spun round and chose our favourite. When we fancied it we listened to the audio guide, we probably listened to a maximum of 20. We spent far more time on the more recent paintings. Some we sat and discussed whilst others we stood looking at the detail. We had lunch in the cafe whilst dodging a rain storm. The coffee was lovely and pricing was typical London prices but everyone was happy as we left to explore more of London. Many people may not have visited a gallery or may think it would be boring. I think you should give it a go...... head for the 10 most famous pieces and just see what you think of them!!
    Visited February 2020
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 February 2020
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David
San Francisco, CA2 contributions
The guide was excellent and gave structure to the huge gallery. My only suggestion is that it was difficult to hear her and there was no explanation about how to use the device she gave out. Thus most if the tour was unintelligible. What I did catch was lovely though. Speak up please!
Written 28 September 2023
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Mr_Morcilla
Portishead, UK206 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
The National Gallery doesn't need a description. But if you're thinking of going plan your visit as there's too much to see in one hit. Do some research first and focus on particular eras or artists. Personally I love the older works (pre-1500) in the Sainsbury Wing and Spanish religious art. Both are well represented.

Also look for the free guided tours and/or the talk and draw sessions on Friday lunchtimes.

It is open late on Fridays and best avoided on Sundays as its too busy.
Written 28 September 2023
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Amy
Durham, UK8 contributions
Feb 2023 • Friends
Had a day to spend in London and having been before multiple times, the National Gallery was something we'd never visited - so we gave it a go!

Firstly, I'd definitely recommend more than an hour to look around. To be honest, if you prefer to look at art slowly and take everything in properly, I might even recommend spending a day here. It could be easily done. We had under an hour, so we saw the most famous artworks and blitzed through the rest quickly.

It's incredible that this gallery is free - you get to see amazing famous works like Van Gogh's Sunflowers... for free!! Which is very generous and great to see in today's society where nearly every venue is to pay for.

They have a very wide variety of paintings, and the building is so beautiful and impressive. Maybe getting a map would be better, because the place is like a maze and you could easily get lost!

We visited in February on a weekday, so it wasn't very busy at all. The only problem we had was other tourists who seemed to form a wall in front of paintings, so seeing them was difficult - a lot of waiting and taking turns! Though this is the same in every art gallery where there's a major piece of work on display.

Overall a lovely place and I'd like to revisit to spend more time there, but would definitely go during an off-peak time.
Written 26 September 2023
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Natalie L
18 contributions
Sep 2023 • Solo
Came specifically to see the tudor period paintings and I wasn't disappointed!
A must see if you are a fan of the period. Didn't have time to explore the other floors, another visit another time.. hopefully!
Written 17 September 2023
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Mark S
7 contributions
Sep 2023 • Solo
A huge gallery with so many different exhibitions to see. An hour is simply not enough to tour so leave plenty of time to make the most of the experience!
Written 16 September 2023
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Paul H
Surrey, UK43 contributions
Jul 2023 • Solo
In spite of being very large and busy I really enjoy the National Gallery. I didn't do a tour, preferring to just wander at my own pace, and spent about 2 and a half hours. I'd last been in 2021 and there were a surprisingly large number of works that weren't on display the last time. I visited during the After Impressionism exhibition which I really enjoyed. I have a National Art Pass, which works out very good value if you're going to visit a number of galleries, and even though the National Gallery is free to get in the temporary exhibitions are often paid entry.
Written 15 September 2023
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Maire
21 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
The National Gallery London is a must-visit for any art enthusiast. The impressive collection of artworks from all over the world, from the Renaissance to the present day, is awe-inspiring. The knowledgeable staff are always available to answer questions and provide further information about the artworks. The interesting lectures and workshops available are a great way to learn more about the artworks and the history behind them. Visiting the National Gallery London is an inspiring and impressive experience that will stay with you for a long time.
Written 15 September 2023
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Gordon C
Chateau-Gontier, France15 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
Seven of us visited as we walked through London with a darkening sky. We only had an hour ... not long enough for this huge gallery. However, we split up and each searched their favourites. The result was a successful visit in a short time.
Written 14 September 2023
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DesmondJH
80 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo
If you are a student of art, especially Old Masters painting, there are only two other museums in the world to touch London's National Gallery. So many masterpieces, and I felt they were all hung better this trip than in the past, especially the Venetian paintings (and their collection is second to none in this category.) Breathtaking canvasses from Van Eyck, Holbein, Veronese, Titian, Rembrandt, Van Dyke, and Bronzino. A colossal Stubbs horse on a blank background. Moroni's incomparable tailor. A room full of ravishing Rubenses! Two Vermeers. Great big Turners (I was Turnered out after being at the Tate the day before.)

A fun thing to do is spending some time with the Rembrandts and the canvasses formerly known as Rembrandts that were struck off the list and re-attributed. The museum is very clear about the status of each of their works. These were all bought by Kings, Dukes, and Millionaires as Rembrandts many years ago, and frankly, it is very hard to see the distinctions, but it makes for some interesting sleuthing. It might prompt some follow-up reading about the great Rembrandt re-shuffle of about 25 years ago.

Also: don't miss the very good Impressionist collection, with a magnificent Van Gogh Cypress painting and a huge late Monet water lily painting to rival those in the Orangerie. Plus a very unusual Renoir painted in two of his different styles!

Here's something to look for: The curators have cleverly put massive canvasses featuring horses at the ends of hallways. From one you can see another far off through a few rooms. It's quite fun. Also notice how little attention is paid to the daVinci and Michelangelo paintings. There's so much other good stuff that they simply fit right in. The daVinci drawing is really good (unlike much of his work) and you can get right up close to it.

Right in Trafalgar Square! The National Gallery is one of the great places in the world.
Written 13 September 2023
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Lou C
Brussels, Belgium5 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
well it’s amazing. It’s free, completely free. I booked just in case but there was no checking so! You just go in.
There was a lot of people even though it’s was a week day but it was OKAY-
And the paintings, well, what can I say. Must see in a lifetime.
Written 9 September 2023
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