National Gallery
National Gallery
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The National Gallery houses the national collection of paintings in the Western European tradition from the 13th to the 19th centuries. It is on show 361 days a year, free of charge.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighbourhood: 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.
How to get there
  • Charing Cross • 2 min walk
  • Leicester Square • 4 min walk
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  • VJ
    Kokkola, Finland56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great exhibition
    Plenty of works from Constable and other artists. Also saw few from van Gogh and Picasso (They were the most crowded). The building itself was pretty too. Booked in advance. Visited 20th of july and it was only mildly crowded.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 July 2023
  • Chad Chadson
    Lewes, United Kingdom3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Still amazing
    I used to work near here so would often head in on the way to Charing Cross station. 15+ years later I went with my 8 year old daughter who's far more artistic than I'll ever be, and she loved it. It's still a wonderful place - not only the collections, but the building itself. The only thing that has changed is you can book advanced tickets (for free) to avoid the queue. Didn't know this until I got there but we were lucky, however this is worth knowing during school holidays and because one of wings is being renovated. There are few places on Earth that have so much beauty.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 July 2023
  • Bluebellplasnewydd
    Cardiff, United Kingdom2,030 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    St Francis of Assisi
    This is a spacious and well set out exhibition but is largely a collection of religious paintings completed some 300 years after the alleged date of death of St Francis. There are also clips from more recent movies but hardly any artefacts from near the time of his life - not surprisingly. It will be mainly of interest to religious experts and also Italians. The power of the story of the life of St Francis is demonstrated by this exhibition.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 August 2023
  • Elizabeth Archer
    Brighton, United Kingdom25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A feast of fabulous art
    Iconic building with vast rooms of wonderful art, so much to see let alone the exhibitions that are chargeable. Excellent little cafe with the best-ever almond croissant, great service and reasonably priced, we refuelled to see more rooms. So many treasures it is a wondrous experience. We did not have a tour - just wandered at leisure.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 August 2023
  • Kiwi706
    Auckland, New Zealand39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exhilarating experience
    Brilliant "Impressionism:Inventing Modern" exhibition. The paintings are beautifully hung for maximum effect and, although the galleries were crowded, we had more than sufficient time to view each of them and to make notes. We described the exhibition to each other as being exhilarating. We finished the visit with a coffee and talked over what we had seen. Our only disappointment was the female toilet facilities which left much to be desired.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 August 2023
  • Jamie O
    Fresno, California769 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Collection
    Visited on a Monday afternoon with a group of 4 - had no tickets or advanced reservations. Waited in line for about 10 minutes and entered (free entrance). Spent about 80-90 minutes exploring gorgeous art and work from famous artists. Did not get to see the entire gallery as we had to leave, but could've easily spent more time admiring. Restrooms, food, and gift shop on site.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 August 2023
  • JimW551
    San Clemente, California3,836 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You must stop in if even for an hour!
    We came here yesterday with a friend. We stop here for a visit every year while in London. It is free and has wonderful art from many great masters. Easy to walk around and soak in as much as you want! Van Gogh, Monet, Rembrandt, Pissarro and so many more. This is a must see in London!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Simão Gomes
    38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    NATIONAL GALLERY
    The national gallery has priceless masterpieces. Famous painters like Pablo Picasso, Van Gogh and many more have their works on display here. It is located in Trafalgar Square and can have a queue of up to 2 hours. Prior booking is recommended. Guarantee 2 hours to be able to see everything and the gift shop too.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 August 2023
  • AlexanderD
    Jackson, New Jersey5,650 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Museum
    Our visit today was the second time we visited here. The first time was in 2015 and a few of the rooms were closed (I think the security staff may have been on strike). As such, I missed seeing two of the paintings I’d hoped to see: Hans Holbein’s “The Ambassadors” and Van Eyck’s “Arnolfini Wedding.” I said then, “next time I’m in London.” That next time was today and I got to see both. This is a great collection here. To just walk in and look at the regular collections, it is free. There are a ton of well known masterpieces. My favorite, though? Camille Pissarro, “Late Afternoon in our Meadow.” That painting appealed to me deeply. Right outside is Trafalgar Square to enjoy. You are also a short (maybe 15 minute walk) from Buckingham Palace and even closer to Parliament.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Andrewsdk
    Austin, Texas42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    World class art gallery that is free and accessible to the public
    Incredible art gallery that I love and have returned to about once per year for about 10 years (almost every time I am in London from the US). Special shout-out to Alan who works there and made my entire day during a recent visit. Alan is passionate and knowledgeable about art. I was concerned because I could not find my favorite Claude painting (Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba) and Alan not only immediately knew what painting I was describing, but knew where they moved it. He also knew key facts about the work, artist, and reason for where it was moved too. Thank you Alan and National Gallery for another memorable trip - See you soon!
    Visited August 2023
    Written 20 August 2023
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Steve P
Ridlington, UK79 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
My wife and I booked to view two National Gallery exhibitions, "The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Gaugin Portraits' and 'Leonardo Experience a Masterpiece'. These are expensive at £24 and £20 respectively so for my wife and I this amounted to £98. I was ill and unable to travel to the exhibitions in January so my wife and I cancelled our trip. Unfortunately, the National Gallery does not allow refunds nor an opportunity to re-book for another date using the monies already paid. Inflexible! We won't be booking again, the most we would do isn just turn up but of course there is always the danger that tickets are sold out on the day.
Written 30 January 2020
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Kayleigh B
Wembley, UK312 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
My 9 year old daughter and I visited on a rainy morning in the hope of seeing Vincent Van Goghs’ ‘Sunflowers’ but unfortunately the picture wasn’t there which we didn’t see made clear on the website and it was at the end of the tour so abit of a bummer to end on.
Obviously, due to the time period, a lot of the art at the beginning of the tour was Christian in nature and my daughter did remark that she had never seen so much Jesus in her life - all be it painted beautifully multiple times.
The gallery houses some excellent pieces of art and we did get to enjoy works from the likes of Rubens, Monet and Vincent Van Goghs’ ‘Wheat field’ among others.
The staff were really friendly and enforced correct mask wearing and social distancing which was great as a lot of people in London don’t seem to realise that masks are for your mouth AND nose!
Overall, very enjoyable morning and worth the wait in the rain to get in. Note that you will have to reserve your entry time before hand if you’d like to visit - it’s free but donations are always welcomed. The building itself is worth a visit as there is some stunning architecture inside and out. Plan a couple of hours and wear comfy shoes as there’s a lot of walking and standing involved
Written 27 October 2020
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global-traveller48
London, UK546 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We have now been twice in August to this Gallery. We live in London and have avoided it is the past as it has been so full of tourist groups that it is almost impossible to get anywhere near the pictures. Not any more!
You have to book online for a slot (free) & the slots are in 15 minute intervals. That means that there are no large groups.
There are then 3 routes you can take - called A, B & C(!). If you wish, you can do all the routes one after the other, but that would be somewhat overkill and exhausting. You are not time-limited, so you could stay there for the whole day if you wish.
The lack of other people varies room by room, but on the A route (the oldest art) I often had a whole room to myself (including the small Leonardo room).from early medieval to the 20th century. Lots of famous names: for example there are 2 room of paintings by Rubens.
If you like art, then this really is the optimum time to go.
The variety of art is exceptional -
Written 17 August 2020
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Liffey
Gillingham, UK494 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Fantastic place. A feast for the eyes with room upon room of famous, important art. There's not too much to say except that it gets very very busy at peak holidays and weekends. Avoid those times if you can, especially as hoards of people crowd the most famous paintings. But they're not really looking at the paintings. They're clicking and doing selfies. Entry is free which is great but obviously makes it a tourist pull. If you want to look at and appreciate art and longer go at quieter times or seek out the quieter rooms. There is a fairly good restaurant, a cafe and the usual shops. Actually they do some nice things to but with some reasonably priced gifts. Exhibitions are usually good but carry a fee.
Written 23 February 2020
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Robin S
Langho, UK221 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We came to London for the weekend early in the New Year as this is a visit we often like to do. In planning what to do, we were aware the Gauguin exhibition was due to finish the following weekend, so we thought it might be a good option. We didn’t know an awful lot about the man, but strangely enough we had just seen a film about Van Goth in which he had a minor role. And we did know he had visited the Pacific.
As usual, we chose to pay for headphones as we believe they are essential to make the best of the experience. I thought the Exhibition was just right. It wasn’t too long. It had enough of the items of Gauguin’s life covered and we just found. And it was very informative. If you haven’t seen it, go to it in the next few days!
Written 18 January 2020
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Foodfizz
Hitchin, UK251 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
My daughter bought us tickets for the “Leonardo experience a masterpiece” at The National Gallery as we are in awe of his work, but....oh my....it’s over in a flash and extremely disappointing for the high price charged.
There are 4 “rooms”, 2 of which contain literally nothing. Such a shame it’s not a collection of his work and just focuses on one painting-which we have seen many times on previous visits...for free.
Considering we went to the Van Gogh virtual experience in York, which was incredible, this was shockingly bad.
Before you know it, you’re in the gift shop.
I’ve only given 4 stars because we absolutely adore the National Gallery but shame on them for this underwhelming “experience”
Written 6 January 2020
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Mjsomaha
Omaha, NE681 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Located right off Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery is a must whilst in London. Admission is free, but special exhibitions require an addition fee. The architecture Of the museum as well as the collection itself are worth the time. The gallery with the French impressions features some classic pieces such as VanGogh’s Sunflowers. Allow at least an hour, more if you are a serious art lover.
Written 25 January 2020
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134 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Couples

You have to book online and arrive 15 minutes prior to your slot - all fine.
We arrived to the gallery front steps which is now the exit only, spoke to the only polite member of staff who said queuing is round the side now and from this point the visit went down hill. The outdoor queueing system is not clear; the two members of staff were so rude, putting their hand up all the time at you, not explaining what was going on, appeared to be letting random people in. They were most interested in cyclists and two women for a large amount of time. It was very stressful, very abrupt and unclear management from the two members of staff made us feel a nuisance and unwanted. One man behind us mumbled the same and walked in as he should have been let in earlier but the two men were too busy talking to the two women. One very old woman attempted to go into the gallery but did not have a booked ticket. She was immediately and curtly dismissed. Perhaps some exception could be taken. Book a slot for here later on? No advice, no heart. It was disgusting to see and I wish I had stepped in. I would highly recommend more informative signage and better trained staff. I know this is a stressful time but I and others do not want to be treated like cattle.

Upon entry I wanted to use the toilet facilities; there was a member of staff sweeping the floor who then left but the toilet cubicals were disgusting. Two toilets were covered in urine so I had to leave. We had tickets for the Sin exhibition again we were greeted by a member of staff putting her hand in up my face. I produced my tickets but was told to wait. This was just rude. Please put a sign up or a rope up to make it clear when and when not to enter. It really ruined the day for us. I’ve never had so many staff members put their hand up in my face rather than verbally communicating and was made to feel so unwelcome. This is supposed to be the people’s gallery and we shouldn’t be treated like this. I Won’t be going again.
Written 13 December 2020
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simn
London, UK3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
The National Gallery is a must for any visitor to London - art enthusiast or not. The halls of the National Gallery hold some of the finest (and most recognizable) artistic masterpieces.

I visited the gallery on a weekday afternoon and did not find it too crowded. To help my untrained eye I rented the audio guide (provided by voluntary contribution) which was easy to use and provides excellent background information on the 30 highlighted paintings and many others. A free full color map was provided that contained images and directions to the highlights.

I was able to view works by Botticelli, Raphael, Michelangelo, Monet, Rembrandt and many many more. My personal favorites were The Virgin of the Rocks (Da Vinci) and Sunflowers (Van Gogh). I also visited works by Vermeer who was the subject of a recent film Girl with a Pearl Earring.
Written 3 February 2020
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Olafs O
Westcliff-on-Sea, UK301 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
I was so longing to see this exibition. Got the tickets online and it was £16, otherwise the rest of the gallery was free to walk around. The exibition was in four rooms and in one word great. After the exibition went around some rooms before the gallery got closed and can say - will go back as one cant see all in one go or even in 2 days. So many masterpieces. Also worth visiting gift shop. Thank you staff for directions and the job you do!
Written 16 January 2020
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