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Scottish National Gallery

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Princes Street and Gardens
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Address: The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL, Scotland
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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: 1-2 hours
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An OK Gallery

There are some lovely paintings shown here, each with a well written card describing the painting. We also visited the National Portrait Gallery which we preferred of the two.

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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There are some lovely paintings shown here, each with a well written card describing the painting. We also visited the National Portrait Gallery which we preferred of the two.

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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Apart from the permanent collections,which contrasted Scottish artists in parallel with a chronological sequence of Major European masterpieces up to the end of the 19th century, there were special displays, such as a Constable / Scottish landscape painters exploring influences and techniques. The Impressionist / Post Impressionist gallery was really stunning, especially late landscapes by Cezanne and Van Gogh.

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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The gallery is a wonderful place to sink a few hours, they have an extensive and wonderful collection of art from around the world. I particularly enjoy their Scottish section (which was, unfortunately, closed for refurbishment on my last visit) and have been many times just to soak in the atmosphere. It was extrordinarily busy when I went to see... More 

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Columbia, Maryland
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We loved our visit here. There is something to interest everyone of all ages. There was a special exhibition on the Celts and this was definitely worth the money to get in.

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Cork, Ireland
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The gallery is cleverly laid out and has an impressive international collection. The uncrowded space made it a pleasure to spend time in. No hoardes with their silly selfie sticks!

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London
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Met friends for lunch at the Gallery restaurant. It was delicious food (we had a sharing platter which could have fed four people) and the wonderful Cullen Skink soup. The service was amazing in a really relaxed and friendly environment. Lovely place to have lunch.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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A good way to while away a couple of hours if your trying to save pennies as it's free admission or it's raining,personally I really enjoyed the experience of all the different eras of paintings and the subject matter. A couple of floors were closed for refurbishment but still plenty to see would recommend.

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Dublin, Ireland
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Didn't plan to visit the Gallery on our stay, but as we were in the 'Christmas fair' right next to it decided to give it a try. Beautiful, with a great collection of paintings. Was very impressed!

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is definitely a gallery to visit when in Edinburgh. The impressive building houses some very impressive artwork. A very calming and relaxing atmosphere to sit and admire the wonderful artwork as well as the remarkable building itself.

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I loved my visit to the Gallery yesterday. I was blown away with the gems that are in this collection: Tintoretto, Raphael, Rubens, Rembrandt, Frans Hall, Constable, Frederic Church, John Singer Sargent, Van Gogh, are just a few of the names associated with excellent work, that I remember off-hand. There is a strong renaissance representation especially the Northern Renaissance. It... More 

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Princes Street and Gardens
Glaswegians tease Edinburghers that their High Street is only half one, since buildings only line one side. But what they don’t say is how extraordinary the views are from Princes Street as a result. From here you look onto expansive and decorative public gardens beneath the mighty basalt cliffs on which Edinburgh’s Castle stands proud above the rest of the dramatic old town skyline. Yet many of those on Princes Street look the other way, as they’re concerned with chain store shopping or catching the tram or a train at main train station Waverley. But it’s not all utility here; the Scottish National Gallery rewards purposeless wandering, and December’s huge winter market in the gardens begins a season of revelry which ends with Hogmanay, Britain’s largest New Year’s street party.
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