National Gallery London

You will definitely want to visit the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery during your vacation in London

Entrance to the National Gallery at dusk
Entrance to the National Gallery at dusk cc licensed photo by ** Maurice **

Founded in 1824, the National Gallery in London features a great collection of over 2300 Western European paintings which date as far back as the middle of the 13th century.

The National Gallery began with a collection of paintings purchased by the British government from the estate of art patron John Julius Angerstein. At that time the collection was located in his former townhouse on Pall Mall. The collection outgrew this location and was moved to the current location at Trafalgar Square in 1838. Over the years several wings have been added to the gallery to keep up with the growing collection.

Adjoining the National Gallery is the National Portrait Gallery where visitors can view portraits of famous and historically significant people of Great Britain. This gallery opened in 1856 and was relocated to it's present location at Trafalgar Square in 1896. Over the years the gallery has had two expansions. The Portrait Gallery also features the Portrait Restaurant offering Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with views of the surrounding area.

The permanent collections of art in both Galleries belong to the people of the United Kingdom and therefore admission is free with the exception of any special rotating exhibits.

The National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery are open daily from 10 am to 6 pm and until 9 pm on Friday (Thursday and Friday for the Portrait Gallery) except on December 24-26th.

For more information about the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery as well as exhibitions and hours visit their official website links below.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Address: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN, UK

Phone: 020 7747 2885

Official Website: National Gallery London


Tube Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Northern and Piccadilly LinesLeicester Square3 Minutes
Bakerloo LineCharing Cross4 Minutes
District and Circle LinesEmbankment8 Minutes

How to get to National Gallery London by Tube

From Leicester Square Station walk south along Charing Cross Road.

From Charing Cross Station take the Trafalgar Square Exit.

From Embankment Station head northwest along Villiers Street then left on Strand and slight right on Duncannon Street.

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Rated 4.7 out of 5The National Gallery Star Rating

5 Star Rating The place is very busy, and the famous paintings have so many people in front of them all the time that is a fight to see them. Is better going during unusual hours and see the famous one first so you can see the rest during the busy time. the gallery is huge and there's a lot too see, a couple of 4 hour visits are recommended

Maurizio Carboni - 9 hours ago

5 Star Rating One of the best Art galleries in the world. From Vermeer to Monet to Rembrandt. It's a massive exhibit so plan to spend 3-4 hours in there if you want to see everything at a leisurely pace. It's also free, but they do ask for donations. An absolute must if you are visiting London and love art!

Bradley Young - 15 days ago

5 Star Rating I cannot fault this as it is free entry. Many famous works on display. I got slightly confused by the numbering of the rooms and would advise a better preparation than I did to get the best out of your visit. The museum is mostly classical paintings. If you like modern art this is not the place.

Wim Klaucke - 20 days ago

5 Star Rating I only went in to find a gift and use the facilities. London has so many good museums and to be honest, it's easy to get museum-fatigue. That's what made the surprises even more wonderful. There are Picasso and Monet paintings amongst others, but who can resist a Picasso sunflower or the chair from his little room? Did I mention it's free? The bathrooms and gift shops are also good:)

Alan Savitt - 25 days ago

5 Star Rating This is a beautiful stop for anyone interested in art and history! A staple at Trafalgar Square, it is easy to get to along the tube line or by foot near other tourist attractions, near cafes, pubs, and restaurants, and with a cafe of its own in the building. We went on a Friday evening, and there was a drawing night event with lots of people walking around the paintings and drawing them with giant sketch pads, which is a great and interactive idea! We also began a scavenger hunt from here that took us all around London on a wild adventure! The staff at the National Gallery were aware of the hunt and played their parts wonderfully! I highly recommend this stop in London, especially as it is free to enter the main areas!

James Stewart - 1 month ago


Various paintings from the London National Gallery

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