National Portrait GalleryCurrently Open [Closes at 06:00 pm]
- Address: St.Martin's Pl, London WC2H 0HE, United Kingdom
- Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
- Phone: +44-2073060055
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
- Tags: Art Gallery, Family And Kids, Photo Gallery
National Portrait Gallery - Review
The National Portrait Gallery has the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. It is a very unique place dedicated to the collection of portraits from all over the world. Not just this, they also conduct widespread research on the art of portraiture.
While most of us might even be unaware of what such a field exist, this gallery is the leading institute in the field of portraiture.
For this reason, it is definitely a unique experience to add to your repertoire. There are 11000 different portraits that they own by way of having bout them or through donations of artists.
The portraits may be paintings, photographs, sketches etc. The working idea behind the gallery is to preserve the portraits of the nation’s greatest men and women as well as conduct research in the field of portraiture itself.
The collection is so varied and vast that the portraits are often lent to other museums for special displays. There is also a colossal reference Library containing 80,000 portraits. Since the entry is free it is certainly worth a visit for the sake of curiosity! Also, visit nearby attractions in the city which are covered in London itinerary 5 days.
National Portrait Gallery Information
- Exhibitions are chargeable.
- Kindly check opening hours before visit.
- National Gallery is close by, so you can also combine your visit.
How To reach National Portrait Gallery by Public Transport
- Underground: Charring Cross Station, Leicester Square Station, Embankment
- Bus: Trafalgar Square Stop C/Charring Cross Road Stop K Bus numbers 24, 29 and 176
- Train: Charring Cross Stations
Restaurants Near National Portrait Gallery
- Terroirs, Boyds of London
- The Grand Indian Two
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Things to Know Before Visiting National Portrait Gallery
11.3% of people who visit London include National Portrait Gallery in their plan
2 PM - 3 PM
67.37% of people start their National Portrait Gallery visit around 2 PM - 3 PM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see National Portrait Gallery
94.3% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting National Portrait Gallery
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National Portrait Gallery, London Reviews
This gallery is just what it says it is: a gallery of portraits and what a wonderful collection it is! Formal, informal, funny and just a bit weird all styles are represented. There is just so much to see, and because of that it is very easy to become overwhelmed. All pictures are well displayed and the rooms are sympathetically lit. Unless you are on a real mission I would suggest dipping in and out of this gallery, perhaps spend an hour or two at the most then come back another day to see more. This visit there was the BP portrait exhibition showcasing more contemporary works and like the gallery itself it was free to enter. This is a great way to spend a couple of hours. However, I would say it's not really the place for young children.
Nothing to dislike. I visited for the Michael Jackson exhibition. Well, not exactly a fan but very diverse exhibits and a bit flickery. The gallery is always worth a visit, so do go. If Michael Jackson is not your thing there are just loads of things to see. Very good tea lounge with a civilised ambiance. Highly recommended.
Visiting The National Portrait Gallery is always a special experience for me. I always visit alone, to roam at my own pace and give each work of art the attention it deserves. I'm always stunned by the artistry from this generation's most talented painters and sculptors, and the thought process they explored to execute what we see. Visits are constantly educational and entertaining for me, and visiting is at the top of my suggestions for things to do in London.
This is a wonderful place to visit but my only point is that there is far too much to see. So I suggest you choose two or three galleries of prime importance and visit them in depth. Then leave and maybe come back later or even the next day. Otherwise one portrait begins to blend in with the next. But this is not a negative. This place is extraordinary and well worth a visit. And it is FREE!!
Another on of London's free of charge museums and equally as important as any of them. Large and spacious building stuffed full of incredible paintings and busts of dignitaries, monarch and famous faces. Informative descriptions on all works so it's fun to read about the artist and why they chose the commission. Plus (chargeable) special events on throughout the year so there's always something new to see. Highly recommended.