National Gallery houses one of the world's best collections of western European art. You can find larger collections at other galleries, but the roughly 2,300 paintings here comprehensively cover major art movements from the 13th to the 19th centuries. You'll encounter numerous important works, such as Hans Holbein's The Ambassadors, Van Gogh's Sunflowers, and Constable's The Haywain. Take a floor plan as soon as you enter the gallery, and consider picking up a free audio guide that explains the significance of the works you'll see. A handful of different themes are available, including the Collection Tour, which provides commentary on more than 1,000 works, and a 60-minute tour of the highlights. The British public owns the art in the permanent exhibit, so admission is free. Temporary exhibits, however, have fees. The gallery also offers three venues for food and drink. Plan to see National Gallery and other attractions that appeal to you using our London holiday maker app.
Tours To National Gallery
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Duration: 60 to 120 minutes
National Gallery Reviews
Can one tire of viewing famous old artists close up...and for free? Besides seeing lesser known but equally lovely and inspiring artists' works such as the beautiful, awe inspiring "Whistlejacket" by.... more »
This is another great, free to enter museum. Bursting at the seams with fabulous artists. But it is so overwhelming. We were in there for about 3 hours and it was more than enough, we had to get out..... more »
I absolutely loved it. The on-site guides are knowledgeable and kind. I appreciated how they suggested additional works of art based on my particular interests. It was well worth my time to visit. There is so much material on the free access floors, but I would gladly make a donation on a regular basis or pay for the special exhibits. The description of the paintings was much more robust and engaging than other museums I visited.
Brilliant museum. Some of the best paintings in the world across centuries of history. The audio guide is well worth having too. Highlighted paintings on the guide have information in many languages. However, other paintings have numbers beside them which have detailed comments but only in English. The food available is of very good quality and, as the gallery is free, you can treat yourself!
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