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National Gallery

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Trafalgar Square / Embankment
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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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Hours:
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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Great Visit- amazing art

We did a very brief visit with kids. I got to see the specific art I wanted to see, kids were exposed to amazing art, but we left well before anyone was bored. Perfect for us.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We did a very brief visit with kids. I got to see the specific art I wanted to see, kids were exposed to amazing art, but we left well before anyone was bored. Perfect for us.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

So many beautiful pictures. They have a great collection of works. Especially Turners and Waterhouses. I am a big fan of this gallery. It is great that it is free and you can just drop in and look through one or two rooms at a time when you are in the area so you don't get overloaded by the images... More 

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Harrow, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I had Oeufs Florentine and an Americano here at about 11 a.m. on Friday, 2nd December. The service was good, the egg dish o.k. but a bit too vinegary and the bit of bun a bit small to wipe up the egg yolk - nice crisp toast would have been pleasanter.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Such an amazing building and such a great central location, and it's all free. So wonderful to see all these old masterpieces and be able to stroll around at will. Definitely recommend

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you are a fan of Caravaggio this is unmissable because it not only shows some of his paintings but also beautifully illustrates his profound effect on other artists. It has been brilliantly curated and presented and is well worth to admission charge. In addition, of course, there is the rest of the National Gallery, which is free!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The National Gallery is an interesting place to visit.It is free and there are various exhibitions worth to see. Although sometimes can get very busy expecially during the weekend. The best time to visit is when opening with less people in it you can enjoy the place very much :D

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

If you're not an art fan, go ahead and skip or make a v-line to the Monet's, Van Gogh's, Renior's, and da Vinci's. You can easily hit these in less than an hour if you're not going to peruse other works. It's a beautiful building, but not for me.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Right by Trafalgar square,easy to find,free,and a good museum,spent an hour here an enjoyed it.Not the Prado....but still good

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A free museum of amazing artwork with beautiful rooms, peaceful space. Easy to spend a full afternoon there.

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Make a list of your must see paintings and find out which rooms they are in. No phone calls allowed inside.

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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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