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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
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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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We spent a few intersesting hours here and it was brilliant. Loved the different artwork and the beautful building. Even the toilets were fab :) Well worth a few hours away from... read more

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Formby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

We spent a few intersesting hours here and it was brilliant. Loved the different artwork and the beautful building. Even the toilets were fab :) Well worth a few hours away from the hustle and bustle

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

free admission, passed a lovely hour looking at the displays - 1st time up close to an original Goys, Turner, Constable. Very rewarding

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Due to the delicate nature of the water colors and light not being good for them they only come out in the month of January annually so see them when you can. The works are beautiful especially the venetian paintings. Its a real tradition for locals to go visit after the hectic christmas period. Go along you won't be disappointed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had not even planned to go to this gallery but ended up with a little extra time. I am so glad we went. The information about Scottish history is excellent, but there is a variety of exhibits that would surely interest everyone.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Thoroughly enjoyed looking round and hunting out 'The Skating Minister' We visited on the first of January at first I thought it was closed but after walking back around 11 am it was open, was overjoyed, also of interest to me was there Dutch Flower paintings.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We spent an hour or two looking around and we were able to see everything, but you could easily spend an entire day wandering and admiring the art. There's a lot put into a small space, very impressive.

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great Place to Visit,Particularly On a Cold/Wet day. We had limited time,but what we saw meant we will be back for a better look.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The collection of works of art is very impressive and there are always exhibitions of visiting works - we saw the Turner gallery. Allow some time in your itinerary to visit this great building.

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Meols, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Visiting to see the January Turner exhibition, which was ok, but the entire gallery was much more interesting. Great pictures by great artists. The venue always impresses me the way the art is displayed is nice and the wall colouring makes them really shine.

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Ridgefield, Connecticut
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was an interesting way to spend a cold, damp afternoon. Pieces ranging from Medieval to slightly more current. Unfortunately the Scottish History room was closed for updating. Worth the visit if you are interested in period pieces not found in larger Museums. There is a gift shop and both a snack bar and restaurant (another revue), if you are... More 

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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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