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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

1 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JD, Scotland
+44 131 624 6200
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I love this place, beautiful architecture and exhibits sensitively displayed. Cafe is first class... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Joyce N
Historical getaway

This was such a beautiful place to visit, about 15 minutes away walking distance from Waverly... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Visit one of Edinburgh’s most iconic buildings and explore a fascinating overview of Scotland past and present though a wealth of imagery encompassing painting, photography, sculpture and film. Meet the people who have helped shape the nation’s identity at home and abroad from Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie and Robert Burns, through to more recent pioneers in science, sport and the arts.. See this outstanding national Collection in its newly refurbished 19th century home, from the suite of grand, top-lit galleries to smaller, intimate rooms, and discover the new Photography Gallery and the atmospheric Victorian Library. Round off your trip to the Portrait Gallery with a visit to our new café. Serving a delicious menu of fresh dishes and classic recipes, our team are passionate about sourcing the very best local ingredients and seasonal produce. A great place for lunch or even just a coffee break, our family-friendly venue is one of the best cafes in Edinburgh. Admission is free. Charges may apply for special exhibitions.
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JD, Scotland
New Town
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I love this place, beautiful architecture and exhibits sensitively displayed. Cafe is first class with great range of salads.

Thank Joyce N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was such a beautiful place to visit, about 15 minutes away walking distance from Waverly. Outside the crowded tourist area, the museum has a lot of things to offer, including a fascinating phrenology exhibition and a modern portraits gallery. They even have a café...More

Thank Sprungler
Reviewed 1 week ago

Free entry so a good option for art lovers. Some wonderful pieces but the highlight for me was the Rembrandt self portrait.

Thank Isobel C
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were most impressed with the building and layout of the gallery. Portraiture covering all the ages from the Jacobites to the Murray Brothers!! The only downside was lunch in the self service restaurant. The food and drinks were fine but one member of staff...More

Thank richardhayfield
Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful collection of Portrait paintings and photos of Scotland’s great and good (and sometimes not so great and good). I went with a particular interest in the Mary, Queen of Scots and Jacobite eras, and was not disappointed. The walk to the Gallery was...More

Thank Caroline B
Reviewed 1 week ago

First visit and was very impressed. The building is awesome - wow what wonderful design. The paintings are wonderful but you either like them or not - some exhibitions I loved so I wasnt interested in. Thats art. The cafe is superb - such a...More

Thank Howard-Liverpool
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is, as implied, a gallery about people; some are interesting, others maybe not so, but it is well laid out and one is sure to learn some historical facts from the information provided. Plenty to see, and go with an open mind to be...More

Thank straysheep
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautifully displayed portraits, and some photographs, of the famous, infamous and a few "nons", but well worth their place , telling a story over the centuries, in a logical time line. A lovely ambience in this Victorian Building, and this was echoed in their Restaurant....More

Thank WorcesterJames
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a truly wonderful gallery, but if pictures aren't your thing, go in and have a look at the building. As with all pictures, the stuff that you will like will be personal. For me it was the Stuart dynasty and the Jacobites -...More

Thank Jeff1903
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This gallery is in a beautiful building, very attractively designed and decorated internally. We especially liked the more modern portraits. It’s all free with a top notch cafe. Lockers for your clobber only cost £1.

Thank rob c
New Town
Suits and shopping bags rule the streets of New Town,
until after dark when strappy dresses come out to
play. This is the city’s central business district
with its smaller offices, clothes boutiques, and many
of the city’s flashiest restaurants and ritziest
clubs. The architecture along roads like George Street
helps give it a swank and formal feel: it’s a planned
Georgian development of regal townhouses, geometric
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Sergey G
10 August 2017|
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Response from anneliese m | Reviewed this property |
Excellent selection of scones, sweets, teas and coffee, as well as small sandwiches. I had a strawberry/cream scone and tea in the amazing cafe. Huge windows and a wonderful giftstore right within the cafe area.
Fiona A
13 August 2016|
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Response from Fiona A | Reviewed this property |
Thank you kind people for replying. I posted my question in response to someone's complaining that the NPG was far too far away from everything. I realise now I should have phrased my post quite differently, but thank you... More
20 September 2015|
Response from Christine D |
Easy to find but very difficult to park. Better to park in a 'park and ride' and get bus into city centre.