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National Gallery, London

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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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  • Collection wide and well taken care of. There are works by Raphael, Leonardo, Caravaggio, Botticelli, Titian, just to name a few. Worth a visit!
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  • It was good to visit this gallery again after many years. It is free to get in but you get pounced on when you arrive to make a donation. The main galleries are on the second floor and it is reasonabl...  more »
  • Excellent art gallery, must visit it, well located in Trafalgar Square, metro, free admission.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • So, I was in London to renew my international passport. Got it much earlier than I had hoped and thought of what to do with the rest of the time before my train, decided to go into the National Gallery to see what they had there. I was blown away! I was transfixed by the sheer beauty of original art works that dated several centuries back, works that can hardly be matched by the artists of our days. The works of Leonardo Davinci were my priority to see. And I loved them. Did I forget to mention the myriads of shows just outside the gallery? the beautiful fountain at the Trafalgar square? the impressive statues of lions at the square? the very many tourists standing bye, passing bye, stopping to take in glimpses of the surrounding beauty and to save with their cameras? It was a great sight to behold! Will definitely go back, maybe with my family this time.
  • I'm sure it's great if you're into looking at paintings. There sure are a lot of them, the building is kept clean and open. There's a coffee shop downstairs but they don't let you carry the coffee around the building even if it has a lid, which is understandable. The outside is the best part of the experience - it's a very nice plaza area.
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