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The Courtauld Gallery

#27 of 1,611 things to do in London
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Trafalgar Square / Embankment
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Address: Somerset House Strand | Somerset House, London WC2R 0RN, England
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+44 20 7848 2526
10:00 - 18:00
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Marvellous collection of Impresionists

We went there to see the exhibition of "Bloomsbury Art & design" which was very interesting, though small. We had time and went again to see the Impressionists. What a... read more

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We went there to see the exhibition of "Bloomsbury Art & design" which was very interesting, though small. We had time and went again to see the Impressionists. What a collection! This is a gallery that is not crowded. I highly recommend it. It is on the Strand, near to Waterloo Bridge.

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A wonderful gallery with some very important pieces of work from impressionist and post impressionist periods, I had wanted to visit for some time and was not disappointed! Van Gogh, Dega and Gauguin are some of the most notable artists on display, I enjoyed this more than any other gallery in London!

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I had no idea that the Courtauld housed so many outstanding work of art. The collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings and sculptures is truly exceptional. With an admission price of £5 (for Senior Citizens) the Gallery is incredible value for money

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I went there to see the Van Gogh self portrait (with his ear bandaged), it wasn't very crowed and there was a free guided tour going on when we visited.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went to see Bloomsbury Art and Design and was disappointed to find how little was on show - fewer of the Bloomsbury items than used to be part of the regular exhibition and with a lack of contextual information too. I was surprised that there were postcards illustrating the posters for both a sale at the Omega and the Post... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Of all the places we toured in London, this was my least favorite. My husband and I love impressionist art, so we thought we would enjoy this. The picture on the cover was a beautiful one. Although there were a handful of good paintings, which included Renoir and Monet, there were many paintings that I felt were porn under the... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I really like this gallery - exhibitions are of high quality (see the impressionists it is worth it) and importantly you can have a great time (well positioned pieces and less people in other london museum). Highly recommended as off the touristic path.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A small collection of some works by some very well know artists. I was delighted to see the original paintings of some of the posters I have on my walls at home.

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Not an extensive collection like the National Gallery and not free entry. But the ticket is worth the visit.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a surprise! Not only is there a wide ranging selection of fine art (especially impressionistic) you can view them within a quiet uncrowded setting. Unlike the Tate museums and the British Museum, this museum had a relatively small number of visitors which made for a much more pleasurable viewing experience. Definitely worth a visit.

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