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. National Portrait Gallery is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, London Edition.
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  • My annual pilgrimage to the bp sponsored artist competition was as delightful as ever. The exhibits are superb and, as usual, I didn't agree with the final placings. This is free few hours of joy and ...  more »
  • This gallery includes portaits of both historic figures and contempory people. Many of the paintings are ones that you have seen pictures of many times. The art here is beautiful. I wish I had had mor...  more »
  • Worth a visit if in the area. Vast range of portraits on view. Easy access and freindly staff. Not too busy even at height of tourist season.  more »
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  • Great place a pop into for a short while, or spend a whole day. Lower floors often crowded, but other areas much quieter. Fantastic exhibitions held throughout the year.
  • I visited the National Portrait Gallery because they had a Caravaggio exhibition. It was such a pleasant surprise to find out that exhibition aside, the Gallery had a very extensive, well curated and very very beautiful collection. I joined the free docent tour in the afternoon and was touched by the sheer passion she had with the paintings. Her explanations made the world of paintings come alive! I loved how there were cross relations between certain paintings. Easter eggs existed even in centuries past! Well worth a visit. Bravo!
  • Fabulous gallery - free exhibitions as well as ones with admission prices. Could easily spend a morning or afternoon here.
  • Lovely ambiance, great art, decent enough food. Love their shop.
  • Regardless of whatever exhibition is going on in The National Portrait Gallery. It's a great place to visit when you are nearby. A lot of rooms to walk into for free, and the art on display is simply beautiful.

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