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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
Phone Number: +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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This is a must -- as are all of the National Galleries (Portrait and Modern in addition to this one). But this one is ideally located on the Mound and so easy to slip in when you... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a must -- as are all of the National Galleries (Portrait and Modern in addition to this one). But this one is ideally located on the Mound and so easy to slip in when you want a diversion from the bustle of activity in the area. This was especially true for our visit during the Christmas Market. Not... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

There are several exhibitions here which are free and freebies are always good. Loads of seats to sit on to view the paintings. Some paintings are for sale which was fascinating trying to guess the price! Several entrances. There's a shop and cafe too.

Thank Lottelli
Downham Market, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The outside looks like a Greek temple - very imposing. Inside, the staff are friendly and helpful and you can walk around viewing the art all day for free. A great place to go on a cold December afternoon.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I'm not an art gallery person at all, but was glad I stopped in! It's free, so why not! Amazing pieces, and the Goldfinch was there temporarily when I visited, which was a big deal for me.

Thank SavannaEndicott
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

For a free attraction, this is great. Fabulous building which is kept well and shows the pride of Scotland. Spent an afternoon but needs a day at least to do it justice.

Thank John T
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

8 of us to the day off and went from Perthshire to Edinburgh to have lunch at 11.45 at the NG and then attend a free lecture at 12.45 on the Goldfinch painting and then view the painting and the gallery. We met as a gang for lunch at 11.30 before the free lecture on the said bird at 12.45.... More 

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NationalGalleries, Marketing Manager at Scottish National Gallery, responded to this review

Dear Tim, We’re so sorry your visit to the Scottish National Gallery was disappointing. The Goldfinch, and the related events, have proved extremely popular and numbers have exceeded even our expectations and have outstripped demand. You have been unfortunate enough to experience this first-hand and for that we apologise wholeheartedly. The Scottish Café & Restaurant at the Scottish National Gallery... More 

York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We loved the gallery and spent there was plenty of great artist paintings to look at, it's a shame the Scottish gallery was closed when we were there. It's free so you decide how much donation to give. Just one warning. they charge more than the prices listed in the shop. We bought a mug priced at £12.99 but were... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Really enjoyed the national gallery and got to see the goldfinch and other fabulous paintings, this is a free event which is amazing

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Caledon, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Strong collection spanning several centuries of European art. By chance, "The Goldfinch" painting was on display during our visit. We listened to an excellent presentation by one of the Gallery staff about the painting and its significance.

Thank CanadianBarb2014
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice collection. Best place to wander around while the weather is cold. Could walk here forever while it was raining outside. It is very interesting.

Thank hannahmika

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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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