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National Gallery, London

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Must see · Art Museum · Museum
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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.
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  • Amazing collection of the superstars of the art world in a great venue. Unfortunately for us, as a result of its star status, it was incredibly busy so spending time with the masters was not very... 
    Amazing collection of the superstars of the art world in a great venue. Unfortunately for us, as a result of its star status, it was incredibly busy so spending time with the masters was not very...  more »
  • We spent about 3hrs there in a Saturday. It was busy but the crowd was manageable. Lovely paintings from far back including Van Gough's Sunflowers 
    We spent about 3hrs there in a Saturday. It was busy but the crowd was manageable. Lovely paintings from far back including Van Gough's Sunflowers  more »
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  • It always takes my breath away. I love to go in and find my favourite paintings even if I have only got 45 minutes! The joy that this treasured building is free to enter makes it possible to do this - and makes me so proud. I used to go straight for the museums…. Till the first time I went in! I was stunned by the depth of Turner’s paintings and the sheer size of some….. and the way they glow. Pictures cannot do it justice. Always try and make time for the gift shop. Look up at the ceilings…. Look down at the floors. Magnificent.
  • The national gallery is such a beautiful building and can be visited for free. It is completely accessible with lifts for anyone who needs it, including prams. There is air conditioning so it is a nice place to go to get out of the heats. Some exhibits can cost money to visit and you should check before you go in case you would like to pay to see something extra.

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