National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery, London: Hours, Address, National Portrait Gallery Reviews: 4.5/5

National Portrait 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
**This place is temporarily closed** This world-famous museum houses portraits of noted Britons from the Tudors to the present day.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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The area
Address
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 • 3 min walk
  • Leicester Square • 3 min walk
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kay
Kent, UK212 contributions
great exhibits, beautiful building
Feb 2020
as someone who studied art in sixth form and before, i had visited national portrait prior to this visit but couldn't really remember the visits all too well. i returned with my partner in february 2020 and it was super interesting to see how portraiture in art has developed over many centuries. i'm personally someone who is more interested in architecture than portraiture so i found myself paying more attention to the beautiful interior of the gallery over the exhibited pieces, but that's just me! great insight for anyone interested in more traditional mediums of art. we didn't spend as long here as i know others do but a great visit regardless!
Written 16 November 2020
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Brian-Snellgrove
Midsomer Norton, UK1,958 contributions
The facility is closed visited 26 Sept 2020
Sep 2020
Closed for refurbishment until 2023.I was informed of this by a staff member at the Mall Gallery. It will be missed
Written 26 September 2020
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Retired_Gentleman
Southampton, UK246 contributions
Picture perfect
Aug 2019
This is a wonderful place to while away a couple of hours. The subjects range from royalty to sportspersons, film stars, engineers, inventors, the list goes on; and there are photographic portraits as well as paintings. Unusually for such places, there is no objection to taking non-flash photos.
Written 10 June 2020
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Duck P
United Kingdom3 contributions
The vitual tour is terrible
May 2020
I did the virtual tour and it was terrible. I couldn't move, which meant all the portraits were far away (and barely visible). The 'galleries' were just little snip its of the real thing, so I couldn't see all the stuff (even if I could move, which I couldn't, i would still miss loads of portraits). On top of all of that, it was really hard to rotate the view because the rotation was really quick (this made me feel VERY dizzy)! It is terrible, a tech flop. So don't do the virtual tour. Mark my words!
Written 2 May 2020
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milljeStaffordshire
Staffordshire55 contributions
A great way to while away a few hours
Mar 2020
Spent a couple of hours here while waiting to go to the Theatre, it’s spacious light and airy with a maze of rooms depicting portraits of historical figures down the centuries you really need to visit a few times to appreciate what it has to offer and how fortunate we are to be able to visit places like this for free I would just like to see a few more seats or benches so you can sit and really study the paintings
Written 13 April 2020
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CheekyLondon
Southend-on-Sea, UK1,424 contributions
Nice cafe and good exhibition (David Hockney)
Mar 2020
We went here last saturday. The cafe is popular and there is a good selection of drinks and food. We just had a coffee but the cakes looked good! Then we went to the Hockney Exhibition - it's quite small compared to other exhibitions for this price (£20 each approx). We did enjoy it though seeing the drawings of David Hockney through his career. Well curated and nicely organised. No audio guide available but the captions are sufficient to fully explain everything. It's a 1.5 hour trip max. Worth a trip but glad I paid £10 each with my ArtFund pass.
Written 20 March 2020
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Thank you for you review. I am very happy that you enjoyed your visit and coffee in our cafe. The David Hockney exhibition certainly packs a lot in, and I am glad that you were able to appreciate the art within. I hope that you are keeping safe and well, and that we are able to welcome you again in the very near future. Best wishes,
Written 30 March 2020
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Chris F
London, UK165 contributions
Engrossing!
Mar 2020
We're fortunate living close to London that we don't have to assiduously do a 'deep dive' on national treasurers like this.

So we can 'pick and mix' and linger where something captures us and then self edit as we wander around knowing we can come back as and when.

For me, the group painting of first world war generals and naval chiefs drew me in as did in an entirely different way the oil of Ed Sheeran. What to make of that?
Written 17 March 2020
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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review, and for your continued support. I am happy that you enjoy the National Portrait Gallery and always find something to connect with. I do hope that you are safe and well and that we are able to welcome you again soon. Best wishes,
Written 30 March 2020
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Roam64381455138
Morpeth, UK21 contributions
David Hockney - Drawing From Life
Mar 2020
A fascinating look at Hockney's early work and finding out why he worked the way he did. The exhibition is well presented and worth seeing while you can.
Written 17 March 2020
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Thank you so much for your review. I was very happy to read that you enjoyed your visit, especially the David Hockney exhibition. I hope we are able to welcome you again in the near future. Until then, please stay safe and well. Kindest regards,
Written 30 March 2020
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Ian J
North Finchley, UK58 contributions
A brilliant evocation of young society life in the 1920's and 1930's
Mar 2020
This is so much more than a series of portraits and photographs from almost 100 years ago. Like a good novel you want to know more about all the interconnecting characters. There's an interesting parallel with our own troubled times, and the desire for pure escapism. One has to remind oneself of the real lives of most of the population at the time, but there has to be a place for frivolity and fun, and Cecil Beaton and his chums certainly knew how to enjoy themselves. Particular mention must go to the exhibition's organisers for their wonderful use of space .
Written 15 March 2020
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Thank you so much for your kind and glowing review. I am happy that you enjoyed the Cecil Beaton exhibition. The space has indeed been used well and originally. I very much hope you will visit us again in the very near future. Kindest regards,
Written 16 March 2020
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JustineMarch18
London, UK10 contributions
Cecil Beaton's Bright Young Things Exhibition
Mar 2020
This exhibition is really wonderful. The beautiful portraits, glamorous photographs and story vignettes really bring the period to life. I only wish that there had been more of it.
(Do pop upstairs and see the Tudor exhibition if you have time!)
Written 14 March 2020
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Thank you so much for your review. I was glad to have read that you enjoyed the Cecil Beaton exhibition and the wider collection too. Hopefully we will be able to welcome you through our doors again in the near future. Best wishes,
Written 16 March 2020
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