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The Courtauld Gallery

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Address: Somerset House | The Strand, London WC2R 0RN, England
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10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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The Courtauld Gallery is one of the finest small museums in the world. Its...

The Courtauld Gallery is one of the finest small museums in the world. Its collection stretches from the early Renaissance into the 20th century and is particularly renowned for the unrivalled collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. The Gallery also holds an outstanding collection of drawings and prints and fine example of sculpture and decorative arts.

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Small, exquisite collection

This hidden gem is one of my favorite places in London. Extraordinary collection in beautiful rooms and rarely packed with tourists. You can spend time with each piece. Lovely... read more

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This hidden gem is one of my favorite places in London. Extraordinary collection in beautiful rooms and rarely packed with tourists. You can spend time with each piece. Lovely café as well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Courtauld has one of the highest overall level of quality paintings in London. While not large enough to be tiring, there are more paintings that we had wanted to see for many years within a relatively few rooms than we had even hoped for.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Rodin & Movement: tiny little bronze of Nijinski,,sketches of Cambodian dancers.And a very nice light lunch afterwards in the basement cafe: warm goats cheese tart,salad & herbed new potatoes

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you love art but don't care for mega museums then the Courtauld Gallery is a must destination in London. At £7 entry fee (fee for students) it is the best value for money in London. The third floor is filled with impressionist masterpieces. The whole place is very peaceful and quiet and can be ones oasis of calm in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Not my first visit, but a year or two since my last, and I had forgot how good it is. Yes Manet’s final tour de force, “Bar girl at the Folies Bergere” we recall. And a couple Van Goghs, especially a signature self portrait, and some big Cezannes. Especially a couple card players. But we forgot his late quasi-abstract landscape.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The building itself warrants a visit, but the art collection is a wonderful eclectic gathering of many styles and genres of paintings. Add to that the collection of Courtauld silver and you have sufficient to justify the entrance charge. The café and shop are also worth looking into, the latter offering reasonably priced prints of some of the major works... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you have a limited time-budget or are just not ready to face an 'endless' gallery, theCourtauld is just the right choice--apart from what I suggested in the heading, that for any lover of French painting on the threshold and into impressionism the Courtauld is an 'incontournable', what with Manet's chef-d'oeuvre "Bar at the Folies Bergère," and a few splendid... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Courtauld is a wonderful mid sized gallery you can see in under 2 hours. It has a beautiful permanent collection of Cezanne, Van Gogh, Gaugin, and many other impressionists and lots of fabulous pieces from other periods. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had another enjoyable visit to the Courtauld Gallery within Somerset House. The paintings cover the period from early Renaissance up to the 20th Century. Once again, the gallery was not crowded and we were able to go round at our own pace. It was wonderful to be able to view so many masterpieces in peace and quiet by Bonnard,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have visited twice on weekday afternoons in recent weeks and on both occasions have been able to enjoy this fantastic collection with galleries virtually to ourselves. It is a real privilege to stand undisturbed for as long as one wanted in front of some really famous paintings. Yes you do have to pay to get in, but not if... More 

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