National Gallery

Trafalgar Square, London



The National Gallery is an art museum in Trafalgar Square, Central London, which was founded in 1824. The gallery houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings, from the mid-13th century to 20th. It is among the most visited art museums in the world, after the Musée du Louvre, and British Museum. The building was a conflict object since the beginning. Many people were sure, that doesn’t have any connection with the general architecture of the city and criticise inadequacies of the building. But now it is a favorite attraction for tourists. The National Gallery has also been criticised for misattributing paintings. The gallery doesn’t have an exact policy in choosing the art pieces. It just collects the best of the best. The gallery includes the works of Monet, Rubens, Van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci, and others. One of the most important aspects of the National Gallery is that the museum has art to offer to everyone. The great variety of collections gives opportunity to find art pieces and works for any taste. Everybody will find his corner in the National Gallery. Another goal of the National Gallery is to promote learning about art. The Royal Academy of Arts was once housed in the National Gallery building at Trafalgar Square, to motivate the students to learn about art in a practical level.

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Open Hours:

  • Fri

    10:00 - 21:00

  • Mon

    10:00 - 18:00

  • Tue

    10:00 - 18:00

  • Wed

    10:00 - 18:00

  • Thu

    10:00 - 18:00

  • Sat

    10:00 - 18:00

  • Sun

    10:00 - 18:00

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  • Spike Mclarrity

    - 30 August 2018 -

    This place always delivers. I have been coming here over thirty years, absolutely love it. Endless rooms of iconic art, there is something for everyone. I often bring overseas visitors here. It also has a well stocked shop and a restaurant, which has a great selection of food available. But for me my trip ends with a cheeky slice of one of their delicious cakes and Earl Grey tea. If you love art definitely worth a visit, allow time, and enjoy exploring. I went to see the Monet exhibition, it fed my artist pallet.

  • Kimberley Minuti

    - 29 August 2018 -

    I went with our 6 year old little boy today and we both had a lovely time, in particular all of the staff we came across were incredibly friendly and accommodating. On arrival the smiley lady doing the bag check told us about art workshops for children and duly directed us to the main info desk and within 15 minutes we eagerly began an activity centred around designing and decorating a white fabric glove a small a way to celebrate the signature symbol brandished so wonderfully by Michael Jackson, linking relevantly to the exhibition within the gallery. Our son loved the 90 minute session which began by researching the beautiful Tudor gallery on floor 2 and discussing the symbolism within many of the works. All in all a really fascinating visit and we will definitely head back there soon for more. The staff delivering the workshop were wonderful and developed such a rapport with the children and parents.

  • Mark Evans

    - 28 August 2018 -

    A wonderful collection of art to satisfy most tastes. It is free attraction which is great if you just want to pop in for an hour, like I did. The staff are very helpful and want you to get the most out of you visit. The rooms are quite airy making visiting with a pram quite manageable.

  • Leonardo Kallin

    - 11 August 2018 -

    What a magnificent place! There are so many wonderful paintings here. They've got a lot of Matisse, Van Gogh, Monet, and Manet paintings, so if you're into any of those, you'll definitely enjoy your visit. We weren't able to see all their exhibits, but the ones we did see were great. If you're visiting during summer, you'll be happy to know that they keep the place nice and cool, too. A nice retreat during the heatwave. The shops also have a lot of art supplies, so if you end up feeling inspired by your visit, they have everything you need.

  • Sue Whitbread

    - 04 August 2018 -

    Whatever your taste in art, you're sure to find something here which suits your "palette". Home to over 2,000 paintings, you can flit from room to room at your own leisure. Aside from the main Gallery (which incidentally is free entry), there is also the Sainsbury Wing which is where they normally hold large exhibitions and talks. I visited the Monet & Architecture exhibition here recently. There's also a shop where you can buy books on the Artists and Exhibitions, a refreshment area and plenty of seating around and about. Allocate a good part of a full day if you want to see it all!

  • Spike Mclarrity

    - 29 July 2018 -

    This place always delivers. I have been coming here over thirty years, absolutely love it. Endless rooms of iconic art, there is something for everyone. I often bring overseas visitors here. It also has a well stocked shop and a restaurant, which had a great selection of food available. But for my trip ends with a cheeky slice of one of their delicious cakes and Earl Grey tea. If you love art definitely worth a visit, allow time, and enjoy exploring. I went to see the Monet exhibition, it fed my artist pallet.

  • Sarah Stang

    - 28 July 2018 -

    This is a great art gallery though I wish the temperature inside was more consistent - since some are cool and others are really hot. The paintings are lovely, especially the Monet and Van Gogh ones. The gift store is also really nice. I recommend spending the 2£ to get the map. There are free washrooms in here if you don't want to pay for the public ones in the square.

  • David Coppock

    - 27 July 2018 -

    So many great paintings you usually only see in books. Very popular, and very busy at times, making it hard to get to everything you want to see. Make a list of what you most want to see and visit these first. Information online. Half a day at least recommended. One of my top visits during a recent holiday in London.

  • anasuya ray

    - 26 July 2018 -

    It is a treasure chest! It has such a huge collection of art across all periods in time. I was specially impressed with the way the museum has been curated, the walls, the display shows how much of taste and labour and diligence goes into making of such immemnse collections. The gallery is absolutely free apart from the temporary exhibits. Location wise it sits right on Trafalgar Square which is a nice place to sit and just soak in the city. I loved the gift shop as well.

  • Rachel Russe

    - 17 July 2018 -

    If you like a variety of art, this is a great place to while away a few hours. Apart from the special exhibitions, everything is free although a voluntary donation is appreciated. And there's a good cafe when you're in need of a break. Located in Trafalgar square, it is easily accessible on foot, and by public transport.

  • Fabiano Melato

    - 18 May 2018 -

    A bit of the best that art can offer us. Enjoy with no moderation.

  • Emily Boulger

    - 19 April 2018 -

    Definitely worth a couple extra pounds for the audio tour

  • Lana Mayra

    - 10 April 2018 -

    A big museum with a few masterpieces

  • Necmiye Atalay

    - 06 April 2018 -

    The paintings and lay out...

  • Tze Khang Poh

    - 30 March 2018 -

    A lot of amazing paintings with beautiful architecture and building designs

  • Carlos Duarte

    - 17 March 2018 -

    Lots of art, culture and learning when visiting the museum. Besides having the pleasure of visiting the museum, to be amazed by its wonderful structure, I was also happy to see some of Van Gogh works

  • Caestus

    - 03 March 2018 -

    The art, obvi.

  • Joan Vidal Bosch

    - 18 February 2018 -

    Good paintings but it’s not one of the top 10

  • Melih Kahramaner

    - 27 January 2018 -

    A toplist in London

  • Fatma

    - 20 January 2018 -

    Fantastic huge museum.. please come and see the paint ... free enter...

National Gallery tours

Westminster and National Gallery 4-Hour Tour in Italian

See the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and more on this 4-hour guided tour. Marvel at the vast collection of art in the National Gallery.

Small-Group Tour: The National Gallery and British Museum in London

Maximize your stay with a visit to London’s two most prominent museums, the National Gallery and the British Museum. On this intimate 5 to 5.5 hour semi-private tour, your informed guide will introduce you to the art and historical artifacts that draw millions of visitors to these two world-class...

London Photography Tour - Private Tour

Photograph London with an expert photographer during a private London photography tour. Learn how to capture the best compositions with a professional photographer to guide you. Explore great iconic London landmarks, sculptures, monuments, ancient traditions, historic and modern architecture complete...

Small-Group Guided Tour of the National Gallery in London

Explore a world-class art collection with our energetic guides during this 2 to 2.5 hour tour of the National Gallery. Discuss the museum’s most prominent paintings so that even first-time visitors can appreciate these iconic works. Your small-group tour is limited to eight participants and entry to...

Private Tour: National Gallery Tour in London with Art Historian Guide

See the best of London’s National Gallery, one of the world’s most visited art museums, on this private 2.5- to 3-hour tour. With a specialist art historian guide, tick off the gallery’s most impressive paintings and learn more about the artists behind them. Get up close to works by the Italian...

Private Tour: Sightseeing Walking Tour of London

During this tour you will see the best places of central London such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and more. You will also visit Trafalgar square and finish the tour near the National Gallery.

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