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The Courtauld Gallery

#26 of 1,527 things to do in London
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Trafalgar Square / Embankment
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Address: Somerset House | The Strand, London WC2R 0RN, England
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+44 20 7848 8586
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

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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The Courtcauld is a beautiful museum which showcases art from Medieval times to Modernism. There is a great Impressionist section with several iconic works including Manet... read more

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The Courtcauld is a beautiful museum which showcases art from Medieval times to Modernism. There is a great Impressionist section with several iconic works including Manet, Cezanne and Van Gogh. Also on show are special exhibitions - currently Rodin and Dance - which are always well-presented. A highlight gallery in London!

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This gallery is small, and well worth visiting. The Impressionist paintings are stunning, and they are displayed sympathetically. There are long benches where you can sit and admire the art works. There is a very ordinary tea room in the basement. I always give it a miss, as it really could spoil the atmosphere. Leave the gallery and walk up... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Courtauld Gallery is one of the most beautiful, clever, beguiling places to discover in London. Every visit is a rediscovery- it's art and magic The architecture of The Courtauld and Somerset House, of which it is part, is stunning. Better than any movie set. The exhibitions at The Courtauld which have 'knocked my socks off' are too numerous to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Went to see Rodin exhibition but enjoyed whole experience. A great gallery of just the right size. Amazing collection, lovely building with very helpful staff. Much better than many a bigger gallery.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This gallery has a great Impressionist Collection with great artist like Monet, Van Gogh, Manet and Renoir to name a few. It also has some of the Old Masters from the Renaissance Period. It is small but adequate and in my opinion, well worth the price of admission and time. Whenever I am in London, I make an effort to... More 

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I went for the Van Gogh, but there are beautiful paintings by Cezanne, Pissarro, Manet, Degas and others. It is not a free entrance but worth the 9 pound fee. Located within Somerset House on the Strand. Nice gift shop where we bought playing cards with renditions of the hung artwork on the faces of the cards.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A delightful discovery for art lovers! I have been to London many times and somehow managed to miss this delightful gem! The art collection is housed in the beautiful Somerset house, a former palace. The collection is small but choice - especially the Impressionist paintings. We were there in December and the gallery was surprisingly quiet. It is quite nice... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful building (check out Nelson's staircase), Gallery stuffed full of fabulous art. Courtyard fountains for the kids to play in on hot days, frozen for ice-skating in run up to Christmas (magic for all ages) and regular concerts and events through the year.

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Very nice collection of paintings, including Van Goghs and Degas I would not be able to see anywhere else. Fabulous.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first visit to the Courtauld and we enjoyed it very much. The private collection is small but impressive with signature works of art by many iconic artists. The setting -- in front of the ice rink at Somerset House -- was charming at holiday time. And the gift shop is definitely worth a stop as well.

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