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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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  • I went there with a couple of friends and it was a wonderful place to spend a few hours. We saw priceless works of art, took photos and I cannot imagine a better gallery in London. 
    I went there with a couple of friends and it was a wonderful place to spend a few hours. We saw priceless works of art, took photos and I cannot imagine a better gallery in London.  more »
  • Fantastic Old Masters collection, rivaling the Met in NY. Get taped tour headphone Reasonable crowds 
    Fantastic Old Masters collection, rivaling the Met in NY. Get taped tour headphone Reasonable crowds  more »
  • The architecture itself was worth seeing. We had to be Plan a couple of hours to tour the whole place and take some pictures around Trafalgar Square. 
    The architecture itself was worth seeing. We had to be Plan a couple of hours to tour the whole place and take some pictures around Trafalgar Square.  more »
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  • Very well maintained. A marvellous collection. Grand and majestic works of art. Excellently organized according to time periods, nations and art movements. There are benches and sofas for you to sit and rest awhile in every hall and room. I went on a Saturday and it was packed with people. I guess weekdays will be a better time to visit.
  • One of London's most famous museums and one you cannot (and should not) miss, the National Gallery is beautiful inside and out and will serve you with a perfect dose of art and culture during your trip. Its artworks span centuries so there will be something here for everyone, no matter your taste. I recommend paying a visit to this iconic museum at least once.
  • Fantastic visit. It is so much quieter so you are able to absorb far more. The guides are fantastic too and have time to explain far more and interact more. Alan was brilliant. Do go and enjoy this beautiful space and the national treasures. Its a good 3 hour visit with a fantastic cafe too.
  • Booked a ticket online, so had quick entry into the gallery. It was busy (Friday afternoon) but not crowded. The art is of course incredible, you could easily spend half a day here. I didn't get to view it all in the 2 hours that I was there so I'd definitely return to look around properly.
  • World class. Some of the most known works of art are displayed here. Entry is free. Some sections may become crowded at particular times of the day, but over all there is so much to see that you can find yourself a nice area that is less crowded and still see amazing works of art. It is a very nice place to go and relax in the heart of one of the most active cities in the world.

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