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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Address: 1 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JD, Scotland
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+44 131 624 6200
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10:00 - 17:00
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Thu 10:00 - 19:00
Fri - Wed 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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Visit one of Edinburgh’s most iconic buildings and explore a fascinating...

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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Speechless at the beauty of the building

The great hall is really something. Loved the modern portrait section. Amazing building. Great Collection. Wonderfully hung. Photographic work by Graham Macindoe... read more

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Tamworth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The great hall is really something. Loved the modern portrait section. Amazing building. Great Collection. Wonderfully hung. Photographic work by Graham Macindoe "Coming-clean". Was one of the most impressive exhibitions I've ever seen. Moving. Will stay with me for a long time.

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Haddington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I visited here Sat 17th may , first time I have visited here , been to the other galleries didn't know it was here , was recommend here by a friend , lot of Scottish history and modern portraits here , the coffee served in the cafe was excellent and food looks really delicious , we had... More 

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Redwood City, California, United States
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My husband and I love portrait galleries. This one is simply wonderful. It was built specifically to be a portrait gallery. We learned a lot of the history of Scotland by visiting the gallery. The grand hall is stunning. The portraits range from May Queen of Scots to Sean Connery. Well worth your time!

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Spent a couple of hours going around one rainy day. The Portraits were varied and interesting. I did fine the whole thing educational.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely building from outside and inside is also beautiful. I was mainly interested in Scottish artists but that part was closed and they had intermingled these with other artists. Worth a visit for the building alone

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We popped into the gallery for a quick look but stayed much longer. It has, of course wonderful paintings that take time to enjoy. The staff in the gallery & in the cafe & gift shop were wonderful.

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Isle of Harris, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic museum, one of the best! Go there and see lovely portraits of all ages, styles and painters. I miss the portrait Queen ElizabethII by Suzan Offereins

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Kilmun, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place to visit, very informative and great to see portraits from hundreds of years ago up to the present date.

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Milan, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Free and great athmosphere. The coffee is terrible Some rooms are closed but the ones open are really interesting

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One floor full of paintings in chronological order of famous people from Scotland's history. A few other gallery's were under renovation opening later in may 2017. Beautiful central atrium.

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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 squares, and self-important statues. But it’s also a very wanderable neighbourhood, with a healthy bustle at almost any time of day and fine people-watching in places like St Andrew's Square which fills with picnickers around lunch. You’ll also find a series of cheerful basement bistros on Hanover Street, while dark Rose Street has something of the feel of an undiscovered back alley and is chock-full of characterful pubs and small independent shops.
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