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

Map of nearby accommodations:


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 If you want to truly enjoy your visit, plan your days. What I did, because I was in a rush, I googled what's the most important that I need to see inside. Each section is worthy spending the whole day there. You'll find the amazing works of some of the most famous artists in the world - all this for free. At the entrance you can leave your donation, of course if you wish. Also there is a free WiFi available.

Daria Vilušić - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating One thing I really like about London is that all the museum access are free. A donation is of course appreciated in helping the conservation of the museum. It houses a lot of incredible artworks, and each room always has a wow factor upon entering. It is also a very big museum, and may be saturating so It is recommended to do multiple visits to truly appreciate everything exhibited in there.

Katrina Ordinanza - 8 days ago

5 Star Rating Fantastic museum with the most superb array of art. The layout and lighting is excellent and really allows you to appreciate the paintings. The staff were very friendly and helpful when asked questions. The special exhibitions were also excellent and easy to find. Excellent day out.

Donald Lundie - 18 days ago

5 Star Rating You don't have to be an Art Major to appreciate the beauty of some of the master pieces housed in the National Gallery. Yes to view an exhibition there is a cover charge, but the free galleries alone will have you roaming around the best part of the day. I'd have to say William Turner's pictures are my favourite for sure. But from the example images I've attached, there is more than enough on display to make the visit worth while whatever your taste may be.

Mark Andrade - 20 days ago

5 Star Rating Honestly, after my visit it has become my best favorite art museum in the world. The collection is very well ensemble, many iconic and well known pieces. It is not overcrowded in pieces as other museums. It was a very memorable experience for me, specially because I could see many pieces explained by sister Wendy Beckett at her program. It is very remarkable and plausible, the fact that in English museums people can make a free visit and join a free guided tour, to hear a formal explanation from people more familiar with the pieces. Don't ever stop doing that, I think it is a great contribution for culture! I am fan of your YouTube channel.

G E - 1 month ago


Various paintings from the London National Gallery

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