Gaze upon the faces of the aristocracy at Scottish National Portrait Gallery, where visages from Scotland's nobility are preserved in paint. In fact, all the paintings in the gallery depict Scots. Two portraits of Mary Queen of Scots were painted after her death. The Gothic revival building also houses the Scottish National Photography Collection, which stands in stark contrast to the royal portraiture. Seek out photographs of the slums of Glasgow in the 19th century, which depict the deplorable living conditions of the poor. Add Scottish National Portrait Gallery to your Edinburgh travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Edinburgh road trip planning tool.
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Scottish National Portrait Gallery reviews
Cafe very disappointing , Coffee machine being washed in chemicals ( seemingly) at 4.10pm , so no coffee , no cream for the cakes & water jugs all emptied. put a dampener on our visit.
Cafe very disappointing , Coffee machine being washed in chemicals ( seemingly) at 4.10pm , so no coffee , no cream for the cakes & water jugs all emptied. put a dampener on our visit. more »
An unexpected, pleasant surprise. My husband and I had only been in Edinburgh a few hours and we stumbled on the portrait gallery since it was close to our hotel. What a find! So much history told..... more
An unexpected, pleasant surprise. My husband and I had only been in Edinburgh a few hours and we stumbled on the portrait gallery since it was close to our hotel. What a find! So much history told..... more »
Amazing building is worth a visit in itself. Conveniently located in the city centre. The permanent collection is good and there are always interesting exhibitions on. Some are pay to enter, most are free. If you visit a lot, I recommend looking into becoming a Friend of the National Galleries of Scotland, for free entry to the paid exhibitions, and other benefits. Visit the library and look at curious exhibits relating to the Edinburgh Phrenological Society! Large cafe with impressive selection of salads, soups, sandwiches and called, including gluten free cakes. Portraits of contemporary and recent Scottish celebrities (writers, actors, and so on) are on the cafe walls.
Fascinating tour through Scottish history. The top floor has the earlier portraits, including those of David Hume Robert Burns, and James Watt. Unfortunately, the rooms with the earliest portraits were closed for restoration while I was there. The Great Gallery is small but beautiful. The museum provides excellent biographical sketches for the portraits. Admission is free.
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