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National Portrait Gallery, London

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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. Make National Portrait Gallery a centerpiece of your London vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our London trip itinerary maker.
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  • Visited to see photography exhibition. Very clear signage.. Friendly staff. Good security but not invasive.  more »
  • I find portraits endlessly fascinating, and the NPG provides food for the eye and the mind and the soul visit after visit. It's the one place I have to go on every London visit. I go back to well-know...  more »
  • The national portrait gallery is a pleasant way to study the history of Britain through its most important characters: politicians, artists, writers, scientists. Do not just look at the paintings but ...  more »
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  • Many memorable exhibitions. Good coffee shop and roof top restaurant. Good gift shop. Unbeatable location. Free access to permanent exhibition.
  • Remarkable permanent collection always accessible for free, with portraits from the Tudors to the Victorians. Very good paid shows, as well (check out the present one, Picasso Portraits). Live music, drinks, drawing classes and tours on Thursdays and Fridays lates (the Gallery is open until 9pm). "Portrait of the day" free to attend everyday at 12:30, too. Must see when in London, or to visit every now and then if leaving in the city.
  • What a wealth of knowledge. Probably better going on your own if you mates just want to look and not learn anything. Really interesting and free entry. However you should tip for such a great free service!
  • Great gallery with a good programme of exhibitions. Entrance to the gallery is free and some of the exhibitions are reasonably priced. Good stuff in the shop too.
  • As with many of the galleries and museums in London, it's free (except for special exhibits), which includes a free cloakroom. The works on display are incredibly varied (although obviously all portraiture) and well curated, situated in an iconic building. Worth a visit or several.