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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

1 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JD, Scotland
+44 131 624 6200
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Full of busts of famous Scots

I enjoyed the smallish gallery at the back. The front gallery is filled with stone busts of famous... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Tehachapi, California
Lifts out of action so lots of stairs to climb in June 2017.

The amazing frieze in the main ground level hall featuring most of the key players in Scotland's... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cork, Ireland
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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 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JD, Scotland
New Town
+44 131 624 6200
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I enjoyed the smallish gallery at the back. The front gallery is filled with stone busts of famous old Scots.

Thank marafromnowhere
Reviewed 1 week ago

The amazing frieze in the main ground level hall featuring most of the key players in Scotland's history is worth the effort of going there, even if you see nothing else.

Thank Irwi
Reviewed 1 week ago

A little out of the way on Queen Street, this gallery is generally quieter than the National gallery or museum, but still well worth a visit. The building itself is spectacular, with carefully designed rooms designed to maximise natural light. We came here to see...More

Thank JamesandKirsten
Reviewed 1 week ago

I think this is a wonderful, if inward-looking expo. Of the permanent exhibitions, the moderns are great but the ancients are mixed in interest and quality. The idea of the temporary exhibitions is outstanding. The drug man I found confuisng this time. Last visit it...More

Thank Lindum20C
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a lovely visit today- enjoyed the portraits, the murals and the library. However, the cafe is just great- very good food for the money we paid, served nicely and in lovely surroundings with no noise or bustle.

Thank Anne M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed a rainy Sunday afternoon here. Diverse range of paintings alongside interesting stories. Thoroughly enjoyed the exhibition "Coming Clean" by Graham MacIndoe. Definitely worth a visit if you're in Edinburgh

1  Thank Midhill
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a beautiful building and what a fabulous collection. The modern portraits arevaried and fascinating and the special photographic exhibition was very good. Go!

1  Thank annek3040
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was great to visit this gallery again, I hadn't been since it had a refit. Beautiful pictures , some one you are familiar with and new ones. Great display to explain the monarchy and the interlink with Europe monarchies. The drug addict display was...More

Thank Niviksters
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Great Hall has a glittering mosaic frieze of famous Scottish people (Robert Burns, Bonnie Prince Charlie, Mary Queen of Scots) and monumental paintings depicting critical moments in Scottish history. Enjoyed the exhibits and the great building itself.

Thank ShowMeSomething
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

To appreciate the history of Scotland, you must spend at least one hour in this museum. From Mary to Andy, enjoy the portraits of a nation.

Thank Jules L
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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Fiona A
What do you class as "the main attractions" of Edinburgh? The NPG is 2 streets away from Princes Street, within walking distance of both Holyrood Palace and Edinburgh Castle, The RSA and the National Gallery at The Mound. Plus the 2 galleries in Market Street.
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
Hi is it easy to find coming from Aberystwyth town centre? I'm towing a trailer tent.
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.