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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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  • This place was interesting and informative, especially the Contemporary Exhibition. From noteworthy Aboriginal people to famous Australian sportspeople,politicians, writers etc, this gallery had them ...  more »
  • I try to go to the NPG whenever I go to London, to enjoy history staring me in the face. This time I went to the Howard Hodgkin retrospective entitiled 'Absent Friends' which was a particularly poigna...  more »
  • Went to see Hodgkin exhibition, which was pretty good. After that I tried to locate the Room with Navy Portraiture, as I could not find I enquired and guess what there isn't one - the Gallery assistan...  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.