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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

1 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JD, Scotland
+44 131 624 6200
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Stunning building, great art

Even if you are not an art lover It is worth a visit just to see the building, it's stunning. It... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Harlington, United Kingdom
Why did it take me so long?

I have been a regular visitor to Edinburgh over the years but do not understand why it has taken me... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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 - 19:00
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

Even if you are not an art lover It is worth a visit just to see the building, it's stunning. It is free entry to view the art (you may have to pay to enter any special exhibitions), you get a free map and knowledgeable...More

Thank Jobenina
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been a regular visitor to Edinburgh over the years but do not understand why it has taken me so long to get to the National Porttrait Gallery. Maybe it's because I don't appreciate art sufficiently. I don't think you have to though to...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Never disappointed with I visit here. Nice varied mix of art in a fantastic building and the cafe is good too.

Thank Christopher F
Reviewed 1 week ago

I wasn't planning on going here, but I had some free time so I stopped in. WOW!!! This place was stunning inside and out ! Definitely worth the visit!!

Thank 526cindy
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Portrait Gallery sits unobtrusively on Queen Street but is a haven from the traffic and perfect for a wander in one of those quiet moments we all crave. From the fresco on the walls to the Court portraits of significant Scots through the ages,...More

Thank merrywanderer2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The lobby is simply magnificent! Seat on one of the benches and gaze up at the magnificent ceiling and wall murals. All your favorites will be here- plus some modern busts! My personal author of choice, Alexander McCall Smith even has his bust on one...More

Thank anneliese m
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was one of my favorite sites in all of Edinburgh. I studied art history at university, and have a definite fondness for galleries. This one stood out for sure! For one, the main hall on the interior is stunningly beautiful, with high arches, stained...More

Thank Katy A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent a rainy morning exploring the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. I was impressed with the organization of the pictures into themes that made it easier to understand Scottish history. The building itself is worth a visit. It is built of red sandstone in 1889...More

Thank RetiredHawkeye
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been a number of times and their exhibitions have always been very interesting. It has a good cafe.

Thank Chris V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the moment you enter you are blown away with the history and how well it is presented. Just enough of a Gallery so you can take it all in

Thank dianels2017
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
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.