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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Address: 1 Queen St., Edinburgh EH2 1JB, Scotland
Phone Number: +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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well worth a visit

Beautiful building, worth visiting for that alone. Portraits are interesting although did not agree with the judges choice of winner in a recent competition.

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Milton Keynes
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful building, worth visiting for that alone. Portraits are interesting although did not agree with the judges choice of winner in a recent competition.

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The portraits are OK but the best bit for us was the building it's self. It was decorated for Christmas and has so many lovey details - even the tiles in the toilets are worth a look.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a fantastic venue - and free admission. The building itself - as others have mentioned - is a Gothic masterpiece on the outside with some great décor on the inside. Asides from the portraits of various famous Scottish folks from the past [ and present ! ] it has a reading room/library. Highlight for me were the various... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is one of the Scottish National Galleries. Free to Enter. Wonderful portraits and History. Nice gift shop and café. One room devoted to Jacobite history. Take your time and enjoy.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Portrait Gallery is free to enter and definitely worth a look. The building is very ornate on the outside and equally impressive on the inside. The portraits on display are a mixture of the great and good and in some cases not the great and good. Scotland has a rich history of geniuses and rogues alike. You will find... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed my visit lots to see. My only dislike was people, who stood around talking into their phone.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I really enjoyed my first visit for approx 25 years and it has prompted me to visit more of what Edinburgh has to offer in the same genre.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our visit was wonderful, a fantastic beautifully presented historic building offering 'floors' of art works, all important for artists, local history or celebrity reasons. Attentive staff in galleries, restaurant and shop added further to our visit.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great visit, loads of interesting sections but not time to see them all. Beautiful old building. Good cafe!

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Apart from the portraits and figures in the gallery there is also a shop that sells high end gifts (jewellery, glassware and scarves etc). There is also a cafe that sells ciabatti, croissants, salads etc that were made with fresh fillings and to a high standard. There was a separate counter that had an amazing array of fresh cream gateaux,... More 

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