National Portrait Gallery, London

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#11 of 235 in Museums in London
An impressively preserved, ornate structure built in the 1850s, National Portrait Gallery contains a collection of portraits painted of significant and famous British people. Perhaps the most notable portrait in the gallery is one of William Shakespeare, but there are approximately 10,000 others to view and consider. National Portrait Gallery is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, London Edition.
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  • Has the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. With more than 1000 works on display over three floors, from Elizabeth I to David Beckham, the Gallery offers a beautiful spring that transcends aesthetics and exposes great men and women of culture and British history. However, for me this is the least interesting of the museums we've visited.
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  • Really enjoyed my time in the National Portrait Gallery. Free entrance was a bonus. Rooms flows into rooms and there are a lot of beautifully kept oil paintings of famous British people. Very cool!  more »
  • Portraits old and new from medieval paintings to today. Tudor portraits were very interesting, the details on the ladies gowns was quite amazing, it must have taken hours of work. The Victorian sectio...  more »
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  • This is a wonderful place to visit but my only point is that there is far too much to see. So I suggest you choose two or three galleries of prime importance and visit them in depth. Then leave and maybe come back later or even the next day. Otherwise one portrait begins to blend in with the next. But this is not a negative. This place is extraordinary and well worth a visit. And it is FREE!!
  • Another on of London's free of charge museums and equally as important as any of them. Large and spacious building stuffed full of incredible paintings and busts of dignitaries, monarch and famous faces. Informative descriptions on all works so it's fun to read about the artist and why they chose the commission. Plus (chargeable) special events on throughout the year so there's always something new to see. Highly recommended.
  • I had a spare hour to kill in London and decided to visit here alone. I had a big bag with me which I thought would be a problem. However, I was simply directed to a cloak room, which was free but they suggested a donation which is fair enough! Really enjoyed my time in there. I felt like I rushed it a bit in the time I had, so there was a lot to see. I really enjoyed the 'Picturing Friendship' room, which had an amazing photograph of Benjamin Britten and another European composer (whose name I really can't remember, which is annoying). I also thought that getting into the post war collections became really interesting. Would highly recommend!
  • Beautiful museum which is free and in the central of London. However, not something extraordinary to see. If you’re visiting the national gallery next door then do come inside. We didn’t feel too excited in here, but it’s one of the few places which isn’t packed by tourists. So from a honest view, it wasn’t that exciting. But if you have time on your hands do go!
  • A most enjoyable and educational experience viewing the portraits and other pictures, with the additional informational texts. There is ease of access provided by ramps, stairs and lift. A cloakroom is available for storage of larger personal items at a reasonable charge, while one visits the gallery. Entry is free but a donation is appreciated. The gallery is easy to negotiate and a map of it is available for £1.00. The pictures are well displayed with informational cards and attendants are around. It is very helpful to have this resource freely available and to see school groups utilising it.
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