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The Courtauld Gallery

#26 of 1,558 things to do in London
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Address: Somerset House | The Strand, London WC2R 0RN, England
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+44 20 7848 8586
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10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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The Courtauld Gallery is one of the finest small museums in the world. Its...

The Courtauld Gallery is one of the finest small museums in the world. Its collection stretches from the early Renaissance into the 20th century and is particularly renowned for the unrivalled collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. The Gallery also holds an outstanding collection of drawings and prints and fine example of sculpture and decorative arts.

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Yes, London has some of the best and most famous museums anywhere. But the sheer size of, say, the National Gallery, can be overwhelming. To experience excellent art on a much... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Yes, London has some of the best and most famous museums anywhere. But the sheer size of, say, the National Gallery, can be overwhelming. To experience excellent art on a much smaller scale, the Courtauld Gallery is a top London choice.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Small gem of a museum in a quiet atmosphere. Excellent Impressionist collection with two Manet masterpieces. There wasn't an audio guide but there was some description next to each piece. A wonderful place to spend an hour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My son and I visited this small gallery, £7 entry and free for students which has to be the best value art for money in central London. Filled with art by masters such as Van Gogh. Monet, Cezanne, Manet, Gainsborough and Ruben's the quality of the works on display was inspiring.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

a fantastic art gallery with a gorgeous collection. a very quietly place. a special mention for the Cezanne paintings

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Anyone visiting London to sample its art treasures cannot afford to miss this superb collection of paintings which range from Medieval to Modern and includes world-ranking masterpieces in each era. Also, it is part of the spectacular setting of Somerset House which is worth seeing in itself. A small café in the basement offers a range of good light snacks,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I came here for work purposes and am personally not a huge fan of Art HOWEVER....even I have to admit, it was amazing to see the originals of some of the paintings I grew up seeing on the TV and in books etc.... You need to buy a ticket and keep quiet. There is a souvenir shop too and security... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The painting galleries contain beautiful painting of the PreRaphaelites current developed by British painters

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a wonderful small museum. Some very impressive Impressionists paintings that call you back to a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This collection is not the biggest around but it's one of the best curated you will find. The paintings are amazing, terrific collection of Ruebens and Impressionists, incredibly well kept.

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The gallery is medium sized, it has a little bit of the most basic periods in history. The paintings are perfectly arranged, giving each a considerable space that made it easy to look at them. The lightning was good, not as I wish but good enough to see oil paintings without too much light reflection. The paintings are accommodated in... More 

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With its iconic Nelson’s Column, majestic oversized lions and brightly-lit fountains, Trafalgar Square is not just considered the heart of this bustling London hub, but the very core of the city itself. Beyond this esteemed gathering place are more famous icons, as well as a disproportionate numbers of the city’s most popular cultural attractions including the National Gallery and many West End theaters. Along the way to these major sites are quiet lanes and antiquated pubs to discover, as well as riverside vistas to enjoy on the embankment. With a calendar full of celebratory events, any time of year is a fine time to visit.
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