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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
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+44 131 624 6200
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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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We had not even planned to go to this gallery but ended up with a little extra time. I am so glad we went. The information about Scottish history is excellent, but there is a... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had not even planned to go to this gallery but ended up with a little extra time. I am so glad we went. The information about Scottish history is excellent, but there is a variety of exhibits that would surely interest everyone.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Thoroughly enjoyed looking round and hunting out 'The Skating Minister' We visited on the first of January at first I thought it was closed but after walking back around 11 am it was open, was overjoyed, also of interest to me was there Dutch Flower paintings.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We spent an hour or two looking around and we were able to see everything, but you could easily spend an entire day wandering and admiring the art. There's a lot put into a small space, very impressive.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great Place to Visit,Particularly On a Cold/Wet day. We had limited time,but what we saw meant we will be back for a better look.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The collection of works of art is very impressive and there are always exhibitions of visiting works - we saw the Turner gallery. Allow some time in your itinerary to visit this great building.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visiting to see the January Turner exhibition, which was ok, but the entire gallery was much more interesting. Great pictures by great artists. The venue always impresses me the way the art is displayed is nice and the wall colouring makes them really shine.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was an interesting way to spend a cold, damp afternoon. Pieces ranging from Medieval to slightly more current. Unfortunately the Scottish History room was closed for updating. Worth the visit if you are interested in period pieces not found in larger Museums. There is a gift shop and both a snack bar and restaurant (another revue), if you are... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Like all art galleries and museums in Edinburgh, entry is free and the café/restaurant is superb. Add top that one of the very best art collections in the world and you really could not ask for any more. Especially on a dreich windy day in Auld Reekie.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the best works from Masters of Arts I have ever come across. Specially the the massive painting of Tipu the lion of Maysore ( state of Karnataka new name) his last breath with finest scluptures. One of the must see place situated in a very beautiful location just on the boundary of old and new town beneath the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This gallery is a must-see in Edinburgh. The spectacular building houses a huge collection of fabulous, important paintings and drawings (Renaissance, Dutch & Flemish Art, Impressionism, fabulous Eighteenth Century portraits, to name just a few styles represented) and some very special Scottish art which is all the more meaningful when you see it here! And: entry is free! We needed... More 

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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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