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National Portrait Gallery

#38 of 1,570 things to do in London
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Address: 2 St. Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE, England
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+44 20 7306 0055
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10:00 - 18:00
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Thu - Fri 10:00 - 21:00
Sat - Wed 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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This world-famous museum houses portraits of noted Britons from the Tudors...

This world-famous museum houses portraits of noted Britons from the Tudors to the present day.

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This is situated in St Martin's place WC2H 0HE. A very interesting visit to this gallery which showcases paintings of British history from Tudor period till present day. There is... read more

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is situated in St Martin's place WC2H 0HE. A very interesting visit to this gallery which showcases paintings of British history from Tudor period till present day. There is a Primary Collection of paintings, sculptures which are rotated at regular intervals. The Photographic collection has 1/4 million images and 1/2 of them are original negatives. Entrance is free.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you tour the National Gallery, take time to migrate over to the National Portrait Gallery which is right around the corner. This houses a large collection of portraits (paintings, stills), sculptures and other art. If you are interested in a history lesson of the royal houses and lineages, this is one way to go about it. Like the national... More 

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Fantastic portraits from many different famous artists! Well worth the visit. Bigger than expected and free!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I really enjoyed strolling round the gallery and relearning some of the history I did at school. Free entry.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Loved it. The history of Great Britain in portraits, and it's free. You'll need 2 hours. Unfortunately we had only one.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Of the many galleries in London, This is the most intimate, as the images are of people , caught in a moment of time, dating back nearly a millennium. It was unusual, then to see paintings by Howard Hodgkin, but there, at least was one picture which was of himself.There was an added poignancy that the artist passed away recently,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Not what it seems. Expected portraits but really is a good review of culture changes over the years Could do without the World War One generals who caused so much carnage

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Chock full of historical and contemporary photographic and painted portraits of iconic figures in politics, art, and theater. A must see for cultural appreciation.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Came here for an hour so started on floor 1. Here is Victorian and 20th century paintings it wasn't that busy especially on a Saturday afternoon, free entrance as with most museums & art gallery's overall a nice hour to look at great paintings.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

During my QMUL uni years, I visited the portrait gallery! It was an amazingly cool place due to all of the wonderful portraits and paintings they had! From famous people in history to pop stars. Moreover, I liked the green screen room in which you can technically make a mtv video on a karaoke song! Have fun

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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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