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Scottish National Gallery

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Princes Street and Gardens
As featured in 3 Days in Edinburgh and 9 other guides
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Address: The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL, Scotland
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+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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Marvelous, expansive pieces, presented in a grand space.

The museum houses a most impressive and accessible collection of very large scale works based on historical, mythical and religious themes. There are some excellent portraits... read more

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The museum houses a most impressive and accessible collection of very large scale works based on historical, mythical and religious themes. There are some excellent portraits. The scale of these works is not upstaged, because the scale of the rooms match them, meter for meter and then some. This is a museum in the classical style. However, there are also... More 

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I've read of this museum for many years and am so happy to have had a visit. The collection and its exhibits are primarily western ranging from the Middle Ages to the present (mostly at the Modern). This is also a place to see Scottish art highlighted and compared, as it was when we visited, in a special exhibit of... More 

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Province of Girona, Spain
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

When you hear National Gallery you get full of expectations. You hope you will be able to discover the treasures of a whole nation. In the case of the Scottish National Gallery, this is less than expected. Examples of old and new masters are present like Raffaello, Botticelli or Da Vinci, and Monet, Degas, Cezanne or Van Gogh but in... More 

Thank Carles F
Raleigh, North Carolina
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The art collection is spectacular. Instead of gathering lots of works by a couple artists, the National Gallery displays one or two excellent works by almost all the best artists of each art movement. Though the Gallery is free and I was visiting on a weekend, it was not overly crowded. I was quite comfortable with getting to take my... More 

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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went in to get out of the rain and stayed for over three hours. The artwork is amazing. The separate floors Keeps it from to being too crowded in any one area. Plenary of sitting places to sit and take in the larger pieces. I truly enjoyed this gallery and highly recommend it. Walk out through the garden into town.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Took the children to review the excellent displace, the national Gallery is another free educational event. The staff are helpful and lay on quizz and drawing exercises for the young one, This is well worthy of a 5 star +++++ mak

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Mostly oils of people and scenes from about 1200 until 1820. Two floored, many rooms, well laid out design. Captions not only tell of artists, but some historical significance. Visit can last 30 to 180 minutes. Free.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The painting are displayed beautifully. I am sure it can get very busy. There is no entrance fee. The people that work there are very willing to answer any questions about the painting or artist

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Bedworth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very good layout easy to get close to the exhibits; shame a few galleries were closed during our visit.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a dull and wet day so popped in here for a break from the weather. Great to enter so why not, some beautiful paintings etc are here but to be honest not really my cup of tea.

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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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