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Scottish National Gallery

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Princes Street and Gardens
As featured in 3 Days in Edinburgh and 9 other guides
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Address: The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL, Scotland
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+44 131 624 6200
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
Fee: No
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What a fabulous art collection

We visited the gallery and were pleasantly surprised by the fantastic collection on display - the only problem is that the blinds which were meant to be protecting the hugely... read more

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David S
Ashtead, United Kingdom
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Ashtead, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited the gallery and were pleasantly surprised by the fantastic collection on display - the only problem is that the blinds which were meant to be protecting the hugely valuable collection were not working - surely someone in authority needed to fix this and quick as this will ruin the art works - that really upset me as it... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Small building. Can spend an hour or two. Some lovely paintings. Do not miss. Free. Just go. Kids will enjoy too.

Thank Steph2310
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Was surprised about how small this was. They have a good general collection of mostly European art hung chronologically but we didn't get the feeling that there was anything particularly unique or Scottish about the gallery.

Thank Ozliz15
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

If your in Edinburgh this should be a must do if you have a spare bit of time it's free and I was taken aback by the wonderful masterpieces by the likes of constable van Goch and Reuben's to name a few,even the less arty will appreciate.

Thank Pope935
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely place. Full of a wide variety of paintings and sculptures. Particularly enjoyed the Van Gogh painting they had. Thought the gallery was relatively small in size though.

Thank Elz1997
Wantage, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We only visited a small part of this collection, The Constables, Glasgow boys and The Impressionists were superb examples and very well displayed. Most enjoyable.

Thank Loretta L
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

While the collection is not large, some of the best artists of all times and places have works here: the old Dutch masters, the Impressionists, even the American John Singer Sargent.

Thank Marguerite a
Limerick, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A very interesting collection of Scottish portraits from history to present times, historical figures to sporting greats of today including pop stars and royals

Thank rudithedog2016
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Not to be missed plenty of artwork and displayed well for everybody to see not crouded very spacious

Thank Jose P
Barrhead, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I was in Edinburgh to see my son and decided to make a day of it. This museum is right in the middle of the tourist area so is easy to find as it is just off Princes Street. Amazingly it is completely free to enter. The quality of the exhibits is incredible with a wide range of styles and... More 

Thank Colin M

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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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