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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 - 19:00
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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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The guy in the World of Illusions told us its worth a visit as its free and the toilets are nice. Lol. Its better than that though. Seems to be a common theme in 'things to do... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
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Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The guy in the World of Illusions told us its worth a visit as its free and the toilets are nice. Lol. Its better than that though. Seems to be a common theme in 'things to do in Edinburgh' that things are done properly, everything works and everything is clean. The gallery is immaculate and the staff were nice. Not... More 

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

My husband & I popped in here for a quick visit as we were early for a gin distillery tour, not far from the gallery & we wanted to get out of the cold & didn't fancy shopping on Princess street as there was no more room in our luggage! I'm not sure I would have paid to go in.... More 

Thank sonic_05_xx
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

To be honest not in too this art stuff but Mrs is was pleasantly surprised how good it was some excellent paintings in here and some are breathtaking how good they are

Thank Steven E
Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Definitely worth a visit the works of art through the ages - stunning. Staff very helpful, lockers a great idea so you don't have to cart your coats and bags :-)

Thank Mandy M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Not good, only good bit was the toliet and the exit. Im glad it was free cause i would have been fuming if id paid to get in

Thank LancasterJohnny
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Superb collection of art from wide range of periods ... from Renaissance down to 20th Century. Pick your room! Mine is the Impressionist. Two or three Monets, a few Van Goghs, a Seurat, to name a few. Look out for the £1 shuttle bus to the Modern Art Gallery and / or the National Portrait Gallery.

Thank David B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Compared to other major cities not the biggest Gallery, however very good collection and masterpieces worth seeing.

Thank KingsleyRoyal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We are not art lovers but there are some beautiful painting here and a nice restaurant. It was free too.

Thank Gayeray
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a quick look round the gallery, which was well laid out. We particularly enjoyed the French impressionists and the cabinet pictures, plus the one of the ice skating vicar. The Monet paintings were not his best, but also some by Degas, van Gogh and Cezanne were worthwhile. Also some Scottish artists were featured. Free entry but a gift... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Escape the cold with a little look through the gallery. A smallish collection of beautiful paintings from a range of artists and countries. Enjoyable and manageable in terms of time it takes to view.

Thank emma_lea00

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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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