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National Portrait Gallery

#39 of 1,615 things to do in London
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Address: 2 St. Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE, England
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+44 20 7306 0055
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10:00 - 18:00
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Thu - Fri 10:00 - 21:00
Sat - Wed 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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This world-famous museum houses portraits of noted Britons from the Tudors...

This world-famous museum houses portraits of noted Britons from the Tudors to the present day.

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Free Museum, beautiful displays, great bookstore and cafe

The restaurant on the upper level has a beautiful view, but the menu is very pricey. There is a small less expensive cafe in the basement, as well as very clean beautifully... read more

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Santa Clarita, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The restaurant on the upper level has a beautiful view, but the menu is very pricey. There is a small less expensive cafe in the basement, as well as very clean beautifully appointed restrooms. The gallery is well organized, with both old and new art. I found a portrait of an ancestor which was exciting. Nice bookstore too. It is... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

That is the best word i can say for the Portrait Gallery. For you to like the gallery you have to appreciate the subject matter. While the beauty of some of the individual portraits are incredible as well as the technique and realism. But if you like more of a scene and a story then the gallery is not for... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Tudor exhibit was very interesting, lots of information with the portraits. I got bored with the Stuarts. Elizabeth was interesting. I was surprised that there was very little on the current monarchy. There were no portraits of Charles, William or Henry. There was only one of the Queen, Diana and Kate. Yet, they had Amy Winehouse.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Quickly walked through...could have spent more time enjoying the visages of tudors, stuarts and all of the characters that formed the drama of England

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The NPG was a delight to visit on a rainy afternoon in London. The portraits are organised well, with just the right amount of information to satiate our curiosity.

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Chesterfield, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Many first or second time visitors to London skip the National Portrait Gallery, because there is so much to do in London. However, it is well worth a visit. The volume of great portraits, especially the monarchs, is truly overwhelming. Well organized, from top to bottom, somewhat chronologically, the portrait gallery is truly amazing. Easy to get to as well.... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We ended up here by ducking in to avoid a downpour and stayed. It was so much more than we anticipated. Loved loved loved wandering around and reading the stories. The architecture of the building itself is also quite wonderful. I don't think you need to stay for hours and hours, unless this is your thing, but it is worth... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

One of London's best Galleries. Outstanding Portraits that cross the centuries. Superb rooftop restaurant that overlooks Trafalgar Square. Great for afternoon High Tea. Don't miss it!

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The National Portrait Gallery, which is the sister museum of the National Gallery is a great way to spend a day in London admiring art. For someone who didn't study the history of Europe, it is a good way to get acquainted with the history of England through the portraits of the monarchs. The museum is well maintained and kept... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I really found the museum to be a nice way to travel through English and some European history. Beautiful portraits of monarchs and famous people are telling the story of a nation and you should probably be willing to spent a lot of time here. However, I was a bit sad that some of the time-limited exhibitions wasn't for free.

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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.
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