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National Portrait Gallery

#40 of 1,558 things to do in London
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Trafalgar Square / Embankment
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Address: St. Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE, England
Phone Number:
+44 20 7306 0055
10:00 - 18:00
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Thu - Fri 10:00 - 21:00
Sat - Wed 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

This world-famous museum houses portraits of noted Britons from the Tudors...

This world-famous museum houses portraits of noted Britons from the Tudors to the present day.

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Was lovely to take in some amazing portraits this morning from through British history. Spanning politics, monarchy, arts, military and so much more there are some incredible... read more

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David M
Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If looking at portraits of old politicians and snooty rich people/royalty is your thing you will enjoy this museum. I wished I spent more time in the National Gallery around the corner as this place bored me to tears.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Was lovely to take in some amazing portraits this morning from through British history. Spanning politics, monarchy, arts, military and so much more there are some incredible pieces of work to take in. As a lover of military history I rnjoyed the busts and paintings of Wellington, nelson and the First World War generals which is about 20 feet wide.... More 

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Chesham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The temporary exhibitions are (usually) very good, showing a selection of photographs or paintings. Sometimes these exhibitions are free! The (more) permanent displays present images of notable Britons and reflect the history and achievements of the nation.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I attended the gallery with my mother who was keen to see The Picasso Portraits. This was as far as i thought my experience would end, however i was pleased to see that we could look through the whole gallery. This appealed a lot more to myself. Seeing the faces of people throughout our history as far back as 1505... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It's fun to walk around and try to find people you recognize. Worth a visit for that reason! It's also free, so why not?

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We really enjoyed our visit to this Gallery and would recommend it if you'd like to see the painting of the Bronte sisters. There are heaps of paintings of former Prime Ministers and notable people from British History.

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Mahopac, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

ENglish history and culture are such a part of our lives,....and here they all are, the people you've read and learned about, all hanging on walls waiting for their recognition..... YOu can spend as much or as little time as you like here, but to me, it's SO worth it...and then go eat at The Crypt at St, Martin's in... More 

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We had an excellent 2 course meal from al carte menu for £27.50 lunchtime today. Excellent wine, great service and amazing views across London from 4th floor restaurant. Booking advisable, great for lunch & does afternoon teas. Only open in the evenings Friday & Saturday night. I had a wonderful spicy hot & sour chilli beef salad starter. A very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I haven't been here for a few years but found myself with a windy day and a need to be inside. While some exhibits hadn't changed, more had than I thought! I love walking around the rooms, they are spacious and well laid out. No need to all huddle around the same painting. As a history lover seeing some of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Small enough that you don't feel tired by the end of the trip. Interesting to look though and you feel ready for more by the end.

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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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