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National Gallery

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Trafalgar Square / Embankment
As featured in No Frills London and 2 other guides
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Address: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN, England
Phone Number:
+44 20 7747 2885
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Today
10:00 - 18:00
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Fri 10:00 - 21:00
Sat - Thu 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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The National Gallery houses the national collection of paintings in the...

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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We happened to be in Trafalagar Square on a Friday evening, and saw that the gallery was open until 9, so we went in. It was an amazingly happening place. In addition to the... read more

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Sacramento, California
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We happened to be in Trafalagar Square on a Friday evening, and saw that the gallery was open until 9, so we went in. It was an amazingly happening place. In addition to the incomparable works of art, the bar was serving drinks, music was playing, and several interesting art classes were in session.

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Simi Valley, California
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It's free so get some culture and spend an hour looking at art from hundreds of years ago. Leave a donation.

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Hamilton, Canada
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The National Gallery is a wonderful collection of fine art for every taste. Housed in a beautiful building you can spend hours here. To appreciate these masterpieces, you need to decide what you really want to see and do that section first. There are too many rooms and paintings to see it all in one day. If you appreciate art,... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Brilliant collection of work manageable to get around in short or long visits - both equally rewarding and its free!!

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Thank David W
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I dont know much about art but its free and its worth a look, plenty of paintings in different rooms, plenty of standing back and admiring. Its based in Trafalgar square which is full of street entertainers. Also outside is statues of art that is changed regularly. Great fountain.

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While it's always a very special treat to go to the National Gallery, right now they are showing a new tapestry designed by Chris Ofili and rendered by the Dovecot Tapestry Studio. It is tremendously impressive! While the design is beautiful, very evocative and beautiful, the weaving is a marvel! (Be sure to watch the film in an adjacent room,... More 

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My wife and I visited on Saturday, amazing to see so many artists on display and free to enter, magical building without the pictures on display, well worth a visit

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Brilliant place for any art lover! Its a large place so a few hours could easily pass by its free to visit and trafalgar square is right outside so it makes a great tourist spot

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Every time we visit Londo we make a point of checking out the Gallery. There is always so much to see and learn. The staff is super helpful and it's easy to navigate your way around. Love that it is free, too!

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As any National Gallery this one has everything but I concentrated on the Michelangelo and Sebastiano special exhibition thru June 2017 which did cost money but was worth EVERY penny!! Get the audio guide for sure! Otherwise just see the regular museum that has so much available to see you need more than one day for sure!!

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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.
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