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Scottish National Gallery

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Princes Street and Gardens
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Address: The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 624 6200
10:00 - 17:00
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Thu 10:00 - 19:00
Fri - Wed 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Interesting collection

Strong collection spanning several centuries of European art. By chance, "The Goldfinch" painting was on display during our visit. We listened to an excellent presentation by one... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Caledon, Canada
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Caledon, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Strong collection spanning several centuries of European art. By chance, "The Goldfinch" painting was on display during our visit. We listened to an excellent presentation by one of the Gallery staff about the painting and its significance.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Nice collection. Best place to wander around while the weather is cold. Could walk here forever while it was raining outside. It is very interesting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The staff were super friendly but the real attraction is the van gogh upstairs, i could sit and look at it forever

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We originally planned on trying to fit in the Gallery later in our trip but found ourselves nearby late on Friday afternoon. There was no line and once we found ourselves inside we discovered it was not at all crowded. We were able to relax and enjoy ourselves without constantly worrying we were impeding someone else's view. We especially enjoyed... More 

Thank TravelinGert
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Even with part of the museum closed it is a great gallery. I was consistently surprised by how much of the art I knew.

Thank Sam M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great range of art and artists --easily spend an hour or two enjoying the galleries. The details next to each picture were too small --had to go very close to read -print should be larger -more seats needed for weary visitors!! No obvious catalogue at entance to each room .Perhaps a video monitor at each entrance with a run through... More 

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Melbourne Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had planned to spend much of our day exploring the gallery but were disappointed to find much of the gallery closed for refurbishment. Understand it is the quiet season, but we were looking forward to seeing more Scottish art (and less renaissance dead jesus pictures). The Impressionist collection was small but lovely, and the gallery itself is a beautiful... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The scale of the artwork on these walls makes appreciating them that much easier, especially from a distance. The grand rooms and seating areas give visitors the option of a leisurely stroll with breaks, or a faster-paced viewing. But this is a place of beauty that you will want to take your time inside.

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Whalton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Monet, Van Gogh, Turner - a fabulous collection of Art, catering for all tastes with extremely pleasant and helpful staff. Free admission with wifi should you need it. Clean well stocked loo and good gift and coffee shop. Perfect !

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Hampshire, UK.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

OK, so it's not quite the Prado, but this imposing building still houses a very impressive collection of classic art. Free entry too. Do not miss!

Thank Cartimand

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Princes Street and Gardens
Glaswegians tease Edinburghers that their High Street is only half one, since buildings only line one side. But what they don’t say is how extraordinary the views are from Princes Street as a result. From here you look onto expansive and decorative public gardens beneath the mighty basalt cliffs on which Edinburgh’s Castle stands proud above the rest of the dramatic old town skyline. Yet many of those on Princes Street look the other way, as they’re concerned with chain store shopping or catching the tram or a train at main train station Waverley. But it’s not all utility here; the Scottish National Gallery rewards purposeless wandering, and December’s huge winter market in the gardens begins a season of revelry which ends with Hogmanay, Britain’s largest New Year’s street party.
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