National Portrait Gallery, London

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#11 of 252 in Museums in London
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. National Portrait Gallery is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , custom trip planner Edition.
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  • This is a wonderful place to while away a couple of hours. The subjects range from royalty to sportspersons, film stars, engineers, inventors, the list goes on; and there are photographic portraits...  more »
  • I did the virtual tour and it was terrible. I couldn't move, which meant all the portraits were far away (and barely visible). The 'galleries' were just little snip its of the real thing, so I...  more »
  • Spent a couple of hours here while waiting to go to the Theatre, it’s spacious light and airy with a maze of rooms depicting portraits of historical figures down the centuries you really need to...  more »
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  • A wonderful museum heralding portraits of Great Britain’s past and present. Kings, queens, prime ministers and cabinet members are well represented as well as special exhibit of nationally acclaimed portraits. Also there are several seasonal gallery areas worth visiting. I tried to show in my photos, a sampling of the wonderful portraits in this exquisite gallery. It is well worth a visit. Plan on at least 2 hours to really do the gallery justice. It is free.
  • Often overlooked, hidden in the shadow of the National Gallery. Even though the National Portrait Gallery doesn't have all the glamour or the prominent entrance from Trafalgar Square it is well worth the visit. Portraits of monarchs, merchants, scientists and lots of others show just how much preparation is necessary for something just as simple as a portrait. With the clear progression through time, one can easily follow how the British high society has been evolving and what details are given prominence in each era. I would totally recommend a visit and would even suggest the National Portrait Gallery over the National Gallery if you only have time for one of them.
  • Really enjoyed the visit to National Portrait Gallery. Not only was it free, however, it was nice to see that a campaign was sponsored by a billion dollar company such as British Petroleum. I do hope that large corporations will follow in their footsteps and encourage people to take up art and showcase this art to members of the public for free. Well done!!!
  • This place combines portraits within over 800 years period! I love English history, and it is such a pleasure to visit places like National Portrait Gallery where you can see original paintings of great monarchs (including amazing picture of Elizabeth II with her dog), famous women, beloved and beheaded wives, important historic scenes and events and admire the modern artists' works! You can spend hours in this place and get such a great inspiration! Do secure some time for this gallery when visiting London
  • This was not in the list of places we intend to visit during our trip to London but was one of the memorable. The collection of paintings is just amazing. To better appreciate the paintings you need to have some knowledge about the British Monarchy and history. Entrance is FREE.

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