National Gallery

National Gallery, London: Hours, Address, National Gallery Reviews: 4.5/5

National Gallery
4.5
10:00 - 18:00
Monday
10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 18:00
Thursday
10:00 - 18:00
Friday
10:00 - 21:00
Saturday
10:00 - 18:00
Sunday
10:00 - 18:00
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The National Gallery houses the national collection of paintings in the Western European tradition from the 13th to the 19th centuries. It is on show 361 days a year, free of charge.
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2-3 hours
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Trafalgar Square / Embankment
With its iconic Nelson’s Column, majestic oversized lions and brightly-lit fountains, Trafalgar Square is not just considered the heart of this bustling London hub, but the very core of the city itself. Beyond this esteemed gathering place are more famous icons, as well as a disproportionate numbers of the city’s most popular cultural attractions including the National Gallery and many West End theaters. Along the way to these major sites are quiet lanes and antiquated pubs to discover, as well as riverside vistas to enjoy on the embankment. With a calendar full of celebratory events, any time of year is a fine time to visit.
How to get there
  • Charing Cross • 2 min walk
  • Leicester Square • 4 min walk
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Nancy N
12 contributions
Jun 2022
This was a pleasant art museum visit. The building itself is gorgeous and it's nice just meandering through the galleries.
Written 25 June 2022
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regoconnell
Glendora, CA25 contributions
Jun 2022
Amazing museum. Find Van Gogh's sunflowers and many other famous paintings in a a beautiful, uncrowded setting.
Written 24 June 2022
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Hannah D
Llanelli, UK59 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
The national gallery is a good place to go in London for art lovers. There is a wide selection of paintings and something everyone can enjoy including classics by Van Gogh and Picasso. It was great to see some very famous paintings
Written 22 June 2022
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orakel
Voorburg, The Netherlands22 contributions
Jun 2022
like all museums free entry. Good collection, especially the Dutch and Flemish painters are worthwile. Spent around 2 hours in the gallery.
Written 22 June 2022
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jamie5587
Dundee, UK47 contributions
Jun 2022 • Solo
This is a beautiful building with an overwhelming collection of beautiful and famous art. Free to enter, this is a wonderful experience and there are some great pieces from the likes of Van Gogh, Da Vinci and Rubéns.
Written 20 June 2022
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Andalucian N
London, UK19 contributions
Jun 2022
There is nowhere quite as majestic or magical as the NG. A must for anyone who loves art and visits the city.
Written 19 June 2022
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Roberto M
Lisbon, Portugal3 contributions
Apr 2022
Nice place to visit it does not cost money and would like to go back to visit another time when near.
Written 15 June 2022
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Caroline
5 contributions
May 2022
Always a must-see in London! The National Gallery always has amazing artwork and surprisingly good food at the cafeteria on the lower level.
Written 15 June 2022
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Bob S
9 contributions
May 2022
Was highly impressed with collection. Went on a Monday early afternoon and was still quite busy. Audio guide took assistance to actually get it to coordinate with exhibits. Very large so plan on spending several hours. Location is right on Trafalgar Square for before/after visit activities.
Written 14 June 2022
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northumbrimum
Northumberland, UK165 contributions
Jun 2022
What a fabulous way to spend an afternoon. It's free to see the main exhibition but you have to pay for the special exhibitions. There's a huge selection of artworks from many famous artists from various historical periods. The interior of the building is amazing and the galleries are beautiful. It is a long walk around but there are plenty of seats available. There is a shop and resturants.
Written 13 June 2022
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National Gallery is open:
  • Fri - Fri 10:00 - 21:00
  • Sat - Thu 10:00 - 18:00
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