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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Closed Now: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Open today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Beautiful inside and out

This is a gem of a museum. The building and its interior hall are magnificent. Each gallery is full... read more

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Afternoon tea

Visited here a few years ago, lived it just as much this time too. Had afternoon tea in the gallery... read more

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Visit one of Edinburgh’s most iconic buildings and explore a fascinating overview of Scotland past and present though a wealth of imagery encompassing painting, photography, sculpture and film. Meet the people who have helped shape the nation’s...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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1 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JD, Scotland
New Town
+44 131 624 6200
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All reviews beautiful building entrance hall modern portraits annie lennox permanent collection great art worth a visit free entry on display history of scotland couple of hours scones mary queen of scots rainy day princes street portraiture exhibits
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Reviewed today

This is a gem of a museum. The building and its interior hall are magnificent. Each gallery is full of beautiful are works and objects sorted into various categories. The cafe serves great coffee too and there is a lovely shop.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Visited here a few years ago, lived it just as much this time too. Had afternoon tea in the gallery cafe which was a pre-booked birthday treat. Service was lovely and the food was delicious, from the creamy leek soup to the delicious sandwiches and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Culture782813
Reviewed 3 days ago

Fantastic gallery with lots of portraits, photos and sculptures from Scotch artists. Nice place to take a time during Your visit to Edinburgh. And it's free.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kristjan126
Reviewed 4 days ago

Wonderful gallery with an excellent cafe/restaurant. It’s possible to use the cafe without visiting the gallery if you are in the area.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Anne D
Reviewed 4 days ago

Probably my second-favourite collection (after Glasgow's Kelvingrove), always discover new treasures, and renew old acquaintances. Rather enjoy walking past the bust of my first year Uni English Lit lecturer. Also learning to appreciate the modern portraits, though some are a challenge. The evolution of the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank amr2151
Reviewed 4 days ago

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit, the portraits were many and varied and we didnt get bored at all which was, I admit, what I had expected. We spent a couple of hours wandering round then visited their excellent restaurant for a lovely lunch. The portions were...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Elizabeth B
Reviewed 4 days ago

Fabulous building, inside and out. Great collections and changing exhibitions. I love the statue of Robbie Burns on the ground floor as you go into the galleries. Central location. Free to enter.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank CatrionaJC
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a great way to learn more about Scottish history through portraits. Had a long chat with one the staff members who had amazing knowledge of the Scottish Royal family.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Zoe W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful building and easy to find not to far away from Princess Street, arrived at ten and was greeted by a lovely man who opened the door for me. And a lady who showed where to go so I started from the top and worked...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank xamz10x
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stressed out with Christmas shopping? Step in to the Portrait Gallery and I guarantee you'll experience instance calmness. A wonderful building - the entrance hall is sublime, I could sit there all day. Lovely exhibits. Busy wee cafe which serves a nice lunch. It's free...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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New Town
Suits and shopping bags rule the streets of New Town,
until after dark when strappy dresses come out to
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of the city’s flashiest restaurants and ritziest
clubs. The architecture along roads like George Street
helps give it a swank and formal feel: it’s a planned
Georgian development of regal townhouses, geometric
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Janine H
June 25, 2018|
Response from B F | Reviewed this property |
I didn’t see one, but it is usual at a Gallery, so worth checking.
Sergey G
August 9, 2017|
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Response from Anneliese M | Reviewed this property |
Excellent selection of scones, sweets, teas and coffee, as well as small sandwiches. I had a strawberry/cream scone and tea in the amazing cafe. Huge windows and a wonderful giftstore right within the cafe area.
Fiona A
August 13, 2016|
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Response from Fiona A | Reviewed this property |
Thank you kind people for replying. I posted my question in response to someone's complaining that the NPG was far too far away from everything. I realise now I should have phrased my post quite differently, but thank you... More