Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

4.6
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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  • This is a large museum dedicated to portraiture of all types. The building is a beautiful Neo-Gothic palace with many rooms to explore. One can easily spend several hours here, both admiring the...  more »
  • We spent a couple of hours here wandering around the building seeing great exibitions then into the library and found it fascinating and on the way out came across a fantastic portrait of Doddy Weir.....  more »
  • Stuffed with brilliant portraits - don't miss the Contemporary Gallery. The cafe is excellent but gets very busy at lunchtime.  more »
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  • I really enjoyed my visit to the gallery. The gallery is over a number of floors and highlights various eras of art. Lots of interesting styles to keep the attention going. I particularly liked the contemporary art (although some of the photography was a bit challenging!). Worth a visit and the cafe was a nice place to rest and refuel - cake is good, right?
  • Excellent place to spend a few hours away from the crowds in Edinburgh. It's full of portraits, busts, paintings, sculptures and photos all with a Scottish connection. When I visited in August 2019 there was a beautiful portrait of Her Majesty the Queen in the regalia of the Chief of the Clans. Situated a stones throw from the main bus station, the gallery is highly recommended and best of all, free to visit.
  • Stunning interior decor. The building itself is worth seeing alone. Permanent and other exhibits well thought out and balanced and engaging. Comfortable and spacious cafe on ground floor
  • A beautiful - and free - portrait gallery. Lots to look at, and a spacious cafe. As it's half way along Queen Street in the centre of town, it's also near a load of other local amenities.
  • A nice place for gathering information about famous Scots through painted and photographed portraits. Beautiful building and free admission. Elevator was out of order so only one floor to see for my wheelchair bound companion. One star down for that, otherwise it would have been a true 4 star reward
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