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National Portrait Gallery

#39 of 1,527 things to do in London
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Address: 2 St. Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE, England
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+44 20 7306 0055
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10:00 - 18:00
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Thu - Fri 10:00 - 21:00
Sat - Wed 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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This world-famous museum houses portraits of noted Britons from the Tudors...

This world-famous museum houses portraits of noted Britons from the Tudors to the present day.

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A stylish and fascinating gallery, away from the usual tourist traps. The NPG takes you on a journey through British history through the fascinating portraits of its most... read more

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A stylish and fascinating gallery, away from the usual tourist traps. The NPG takes you on a journey through British history through the fascinating portraits of its most important political, royal and cultural icons. The top floor restaurant has the most amazing view over London.

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Campton, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If I lived in London, I would visit this museum weekly because I feel as though I didn't give most of the portraits enough attention. I was there several hours, and saw two special exhibits (Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize and Picasso!) as well as the main gallery. The cafe looks fine, but if you'd like to splurge, go to... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I love portraits. It's one of my favourite subjects of painting. There are some really impressive portraits in this gallery and many, which people would no nothing about or knew existed. These are more the impressive and inspiring wings of the gallery. However, the more modern wing with modern portraits were rather unimpressive, although there is one of Margarette Thatcher... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were caught without umbrellas and were right at the entrance. We enjoyed our visit, but one time through is enough times if you have already been. The captions are informative and the viewer can learn a lot of history in a very enjoyable way.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited this wonderful gallery after a well-paced visit to next door's National Gallery. Once again, we were armed with a Top Ten Guide and decided to concentrate on fewer works of art but to spend more time finding out about them and appreciating them. We were glad we saved some energy for this gallery because it was well worth... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The gallery is not to big so prepare to meet a lot of tourist, at least if you go on sunday. The audioguide is cheap (£3) and i found it my self so usefull, it has diferent options to explore the gallery.

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Free entry £5 donation suggested. Nice place to spend a few hours on a cold rainy day in London. We hired the audio guides £4 which were accompanied with a guide leaflet. The audio guide was easy to use and provided a good explanation of the individual works , but it did not guide you between the works. There was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Well set out and very interesting exhibition and as someone who knows very little about art, I found it fascinating. We also,visited the Portrat restaurant for lunch which was superb with amazing views of the city.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped in and had a quick one hour walk through the free part of the museum. It's definitely worth checking out and is a great way to learn a little more about English history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The free museum is wonderful. We looked at the Tudors and then went down to the contemporary portraits- a well laid out museum and friendly helpful staff.

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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.
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