National Gallery

Trafalgar Square, London

4.5

 

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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Reviews

  • himansha singh

    5
    - 23 May 2018 -

    Absolutely amazing. It's a very well curated and maintained gallery. Entry is free and the information desk is useful for first time visitors. It's great to see some of the most iconic paintings of all time. I loved it and I think it should definitely be in schedule especially for the art lovers. There is a cafe as well to chill and take a break. It's super close to Covent garden and Leicester square.

  • Daniel Slick

    3
    - 18 May 2018 -

    I sometimes feel, as I do in writing this review, that I'm not as moved by art as I "should" be. As such, the National Gallery didn't strike me as it has other visitors and other museums. Don't get me wrong, their collection is impressive and I would highly recommend a visit if you're interested in art history or the history of the Western world as expressed in art. Also, the layout is less than intuitive, especially when compared with the Portrait Gallery next door - the National Gallery lacks a narrative to provide structure for the flow of a visitor's experience.

  • Marina Klimenko

    5
    - 15 May 2018 -

    One of the best galleries I have ever been. So many famous paintings of all times. Just amazing. I could spend the whole day there , but I had limited time. The staff is very friendly and helpful, and they have nice souvenir store at the gallery.

  • Pasty Baker

    5
    - 24 April 2018 -

    Absolutely loved it. It is free entry, and I was astonished to see the paintings in real life that I'd only seen online for so long. There are many beautiful, classical, worldly famous works here, truly a gallery of master painters. It was bigger than expected, definitely could've spent more time in there. The staff were also really nice, helpful, and chatty as a bonus.

  • Sunil Goswami

    5
    - 03 April 2018 -

    Even if you don't like art , you should visit this place at least once. You will enjoy it more than you think. It has a great selection of paintings, you will recognise a lot of them because you have seen them in movies, TV shows or seen works derived from them in other places. My only regret was that they don't let you take any pictures but I can understand their rationale. Many of the paintings, I was told, are on a loan to the gallery from their owners, and the gallery must respect the owners' wishes to not have them photographed. Another treat is to watch artists standing there copying some of the great paintings and marvel at their talent as they are really good themselves. Definitely worth an afternoon or more. Easily accessible as it's right on Trafalgar Square.

  • Stephen Butler

    4
    - 15 March 2018 -

    A fabulous Gallery!! I only intended to spend 2 hours looking around here, but I was there until closing time. I have to say the artists and the paintings Completely captured my emotions and I would definitely go back and back again. A beautiful building, with toilet facilities for people with a disability's. The downside was just as we got in, they immediately told us to put £10 each in the contribution box, we were going to contribute anyway, but we thought it was a voluntary contribution!! I would recommend it, but don't take demands of money from anyone working there in the entry!

  • Cruise Cycle

    5
    - 31 January 2018 -

    This is a fabulous public museum and entry is free. This is great for tourists but even more special for those of us that can visit more frequently. It provides the opportunity to see different exhibits and special displays as well as the various works of art that the National Gallery has in it's archives. You can't really appreciate much of the art and what it means to you until you are able to revisit them, and also to take advantage of the guided tours that the museum offers which provide insight into what goes into the production of many of the paintings. Although it's easy to appreciate the talent of the artists, It always amazes me just how complicated and sophisticated the composition and productions are. I usually include an overview on the facilities, and like the art, what the National Gallery provides if first class: first class handicap access to everything that I am aware of; bathroom facilities that are accessible, clean, well maintained, with facilities for families and handicap as well as the usual genders; restaurants and cafe's that could stand on their own as well as embedded in a facility; book stores, gift stores, painting reproductions in a variety of mediums, sizes; and literally everything the gallery owns has been digitized in high resolution and available for free download from their website. Highly recommended, especially if you can visit frequently. You will never get tired of seeing their wonderful collection of art, experts, special exhibits and tours.

  • John Duncan

    4
    - 29 January 2018 -

    I highly recommend the free guided tour of one hour which I took today. The guide was clear, knowledgable and interesting. He only showed us six paintings, but this was absolutely right as it gave time to appreciate the paintings and some of their historical context. He also talked somewhat about the history of the gallery itself. Excellent. The self-service cafe was less impressive, sadly.

  • Helena L

    5
    - 17 January 2018 -

    Visited the Cezanne exhibition at the national portrait gallery. Honestly one of the best exhibitions I've ever been to. Was a little expensive but I really enjoyed how the exhibition gave such an insight into his life, why he painted a particular portrait at a particular time. Just super. Couldn't take any pics so can't attach any.

  • Jyk Wong

    5
    - 12 January 2018 -

    Superb collection of artwork covering several centuries. Loved the Impressionists. ..and it's free! Very well laid out and signposted. You can't view all the paintings in one go as it's so huge. Suggest you visit this gallery in instalments and enjoy each visit. There are regular concerts. Gallery restaurant, cafe and expresso bar if you feel peckish or in need of caffeine

  • 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...

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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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