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The Courtauld Gallery

#26 of 1,589 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 (0) 20 7848 2526
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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I find art a little mystifying but even I enjoyed this!

We came here on the recommendation of a friend and weren't disappointed. A dignified, quiet and immaculately presented art gallery. My favourite was room 1 - the medieval room... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Karen B
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here on the recommendation of a friend and weren't disappointed. A dignified, quiet and immaculately presented art gallery. My favourite was room 1 - the medieval room on the ground floor - perhaps because I had the most energy at the start and hadn't climbed any stairs yet! (There is a lift.) However, considering I'm not really an... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Varied collection of paintings, particularly impressionist pictures which you know but hadn't realised they would be here. Fairly small collection but big enough to see without getting too tired. Very nice shop and cafe.

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Exeter, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Loads of space and time to really enjoy and take in the various gallery delights. Very special artists and craft works than can be viewed up close. Time to stand or sit and stare. High spot- impressionists but not exclusively!

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So - I have never really 'got' art... I walked past the gallery the other day and refinished the paintings in promotional material and thought 'why not'... The way the exhibition is set out makes perfect sense to me and even a novice could see that this is an outstanding collection. It was the simple and interesting descriptions that brought... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want to enjoy a collection of great art without the crowds of the National Gallery, walk up the Strand and head to Somerset House. The entrance to the Courtauld is on the right and worth the price of admission. There are over three floors of art and furniture from different periods, with several Rubens masterpieces, the small version... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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This gallery has some of the most important paintings from the impressionist and post-impressionist movements. It is easy to navigate, brilliantly curated, and every painting has its own description so it's great for people that are new to this type of thing - no audioguides needed! Definitely one of London's best. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful gallery and so lovely at Christmas with the figure skating and the huge Christmas Tree. Have only visited once and art was very nice.

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Wonderful exhibits. World-renowned artists. Lovely facility. Rarely crowded. A little hard to find, but worth the effort. And, be sure to spend some time in the beautiful courtyard if the weather is pleasant.

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Between the Strand and the Thames. Very attractive historical building with a large courtyard and river-facing terraces for dining. The Courtauld Gallery has a fine collection of Impressionist paintings.

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This is a small manageable art gallery located in Somerset House which has a very nice collection of Impressionist paintings. Since the size is not overwhelming, it makes for a nicely paced viewing of the paintings and of the house. Well worth a visit.

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