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National Portrait Gallery

2 St. Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE, England
+44 20 7306 0055
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This world-famous museum houses portraits of noted Britons from the Tudors to the present day.
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  • Average6%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
2 St. Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE, England
Trafalgar Square / Embankment
+44 20 7306 0055
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We went here for an hour on a sightseeing day in London. Curious what it is - and if it is any good when free. It is! The art is amazing, and enjoying photography myself, I found it hard to believe how realistic the paintings...More

Thank TokePetersen
Reviewed 4 days ago

Excellent choice of dishes.... well cooked......good service...stunning views....a great venue for a special occasion

Thank nonnapam2017
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Free entry, apart from the odd special exhibition, you could easily spend a day wondering around soaking up the history and artists. Housed in a stunning building the portraits are well ordered and displayed, a map is available if you are looking for something specific,...More

Thank Louise V
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I harshly judged this museum the last time I was in London. I had the notion that it contained the portraits of the people that once worked for the English government. Why the heck would a tourist want to see that? Then, this famous exhibition...More

Thank MitsoukoRussie
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Must see the portrait competition on right now. Free entry to see some great new works. Very worth while if you are next door at the National - about 30 min will do.

Thank astropig
Reviewed 6 days ago

We weren't really looking to spend time here, but when our schedule had us meeting a friend for lunch in the area, and us being early, we walked through. The guides we had for the kids sent us looking for portaits, and kept them and...More

Thank billybob101
Reviewed 6 days ago

For lovers of English history (and of English historical fiction) this is the place to see the portraits of the personalities that have marked English and British history from its earliest times. It is fascinating indeed to see the faces, the figures, the costumes of...More

Thank EloZ523
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited on a rainy day and spent hours with an amazing collection of paintings, photographs and sculptures of people throughout history up through current times. The gallery recorded tour is informative and delightful with different people presenting their knowledge of each selected piece you...More

Thank bonnlm
Reviewed 1 week ago

M and I have seen the majority of the permanent exhibitions here before so as time was limited on this visit, we just went to see the BP Portrait Awards display. As always there was a great selection of work and we compared notes on...More

Thank EH-in-York
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My first trip to England spurred an interest in the history of the monarchy. Being close up to portraits of these historical figures, to appreciate the symbolism in the fine details, is fascinating. Their sense of self-importance is matched with their sense of accountability for...More

Thank Marita H
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
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3 April 2017|
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Response from rhamba k | Reviewed this property |
Hi There are many ortaits of sir paul there. Be sure to lok in store for postcards and photos and posters from2015 Photography Exhibition. On Beatles. Think you can purchase. I advise ask at front desk as there are rooms... More
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Response from Jorge M | Reviewed this property |
Sorry. Y haven't been there yet. However if the quality is the same as usual (Picasso portraits as an example) your £ will be well spend. Normally the price can be between 8 up to 12 £.Please enjoy.