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Scottish National Gallery

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Princes Street and Gardens
As featured in 3 Days in Edinburgh and 9 other guides
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Address: The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL, Scotland
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+44 131 624 6200
10:00 - 19:00
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Thu 10:00 - 19:00
Fri - Wed 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Lovely surprise-well worth a visit

The gallery is cleverly laid out and has an impressive international collection. The uncrowded space made it a pleasure to spend time in. No hoardes with their silly selfie... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Cork, Ireland
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Cork, Ireland
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The gallery is cleverly laid out and has an impressive international collection. The uncrowded space made it a pleasure to spend time in. No hoardes with their silly selfie sticks!

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Met friends for lunch at the Gallery restaurant. It was delicious food (we had a sharing platter which could have fed four people) and the wonderful Cullen Skink soup. The service was amazing in a really relaxed and friendly environment. Lovely place to have lunch.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A good way to while away a couple of hours if your trying to save pennies as it's free admission or it's raining,personally I really enjoyed the experience of all the different eras of paintings and the subject matter. A couple of floors were closed for refurbishment but still plenty to see would recommend.

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Didn't plan to visit the Gallery on our stay, but as we were in the 'Christmas fair' right next to it decided to give it a try. Beautiful, with a great collection of paintings. Was very impressed!

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is definitely a gallery to visit when in Edinburgh. The impressive building houses some very impressive artwork. A very calming and relaxing atmosphere to sit and admire the wonderful artwork as well as the remarkable building itself.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I loved my visit to the Gallery yesterday. I was blown away with the gems that are in this collection: Tintoretto, Raphael, Rubens, Rembrandt, Frans Hall, Constable, Frederic Church, John Singer Sargent, Van Gogh, are just a few of the names associated with excellent work, that I remember off-hand. There is a strong renaissance representation especially the Northern Renaissance. It... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a small but interesting art gallery with a good variety of Scottish artists. Well worth a quick visit. And it's free.

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is an amazing collection, and has FREE admission! It has a nice layout, and just amazing pieces. I didn't originally plan to come, but they have certain days they open late. For art lovers, it is a definite spot, and for passive art appreciators like me, still a great place to visit. A real plus is the collection of... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely great collection on display, while it may not have the depth of some collections it is fairly representative of most European schools up to 1900. It has a pretty good collection of Impressionist and Post-Impression art and even some Danish 19th century works. Their main focus is on old masters. Of particular note are: A complete set of the... More 

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovey day out walking Edinburgh and found this gem for free Beautiful exhibits Nice cafe Shop is pretty bit pricey Edinburgh is lovely but disappointingly needs a good clean up especially some areas outer edges of city

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Princes Street and Gardens
Glaswegians tease Edinburghers that their High Street is only half one, since buildings only line one side. But what they don’t say is how extraordinary the views are from Princes Street as a result. From here you look onto expansive and decorative public gardens beneath the mighty basalt cliffs on which Edinburgh’s Castle stands proud above the rest of the dramatic old town skyline. Yet many of those on Princes Street look the other way, as they’re concerned with chain store shopping or catching the tram or a train at main train station Waverley. But it’s not all utility here; the Scottish National Gallery rewards purposeless wandering, and December’s huge winter market in the gardens begins a season of revelry which ends with Hogmanay, Britain’s largest New Year’s street party.
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