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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

1 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JD, Scotland
+44 131 624 6200
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Absolutely lovely building and museum.

This hidden gem is a beautiful historic building, with excellent exhibitions, well worth a visit... read more

Reviewed yesterday
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Visit to the SNPG. Wasnt sure what to expect. Thiought it might be lots of old style works... read more

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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JD, Scotland
New Town
+44 131 624 6200
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Reviewed yesterday

This hidden gem is a beautiful historic building, with excellent exhibitions, well worth a visit. Don't miss the enjoyable restaurant.

Thank EvdWRotterdam
Reviewed yesterday

Visit to the SNPG. Wasnt sure what to expect. Thiought it might be lots of old style works. Surprised and pleased to see a good mix of photos, modern and abstract. The John Byrne of Tilda Swinton was the star

Thank Kevin B
Reviewed yesterday

As well as the general galleries there was a fascinating special section about the Jacobites which we found thought provoking. Sampled the café which locals recommend.

Thank Robert M
Reviewed 2 days ago

Have really enjoyed both temporary and permanent exhibitions. A little off the beaten track and usually quiet enough to take your time and enjoy. Excellent cafe for meeting up.

Thank edinburghandglasgow
Reviewed 1 week ago

I've visited here a couple of times now and always enjoyed it. I may have visited when I was younger but can't remember. My first visit as an adult was to an invite only preview of a photography exhibition and so with free food and...More

Thank Adrian D
Reviewed 1 week ago

A lovely gallery, not too big but some fascinating portraits. Mary, Bonnie Prince Charlie, Victoria and some of the modern photos.

Thank JanetSmith95
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Though I have been to Edinburgh many times I didn’t know this place existed. Came across it by chance on the way to our hotel. The building alone is worth a visit, it’s absolutely beautiful, inside and out. The exhibitions were very impressive and the...More

Thank Doncorn_13
Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful chance to catch up on some well known paintings and also to have a light lunch. The cafe staff do need some customer service training, and the idea that multi tasking might be worth considering, still the sandwich was good and the reason...More

Thank Paul H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Gallery was built to house the portraits of Edinburghs elite...it was only on its completion that it was discovered they only had a handful of portraits to fill it. When we went there was a fascinating exhibit on Victorian Era death photography. Spooky!

Thank Sara H
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was so surprised how good this gallery is took my grandson as I'm not an art lover he is just nine year old I was surprised how much we both liked it would go back

Thank hughaitken55
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.