National Gallery
National Gallery
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The National Gallery houses the national collection of paintings in the Western European tradition from the 13th to the 19th centuries. It is on show 361 days a year, free of charge.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighbourhood: Trafalgar Square / Embankment
With its iconic Nelson’s Column, majestic oversized lions and brightly-lit fountains, Trafalgar Square is not just considered the heart of this bustling London hub, but the very core of the city itself. Beyond this esteemed gathering place are more famous icons, as well as a disproportionate numbers of the city’s most popular cultural attractions including the National Gallery and many West End theaters. Along the way to these major sites are quiet lanes and antiquated pubs to discover, as well as riverside vistas to enjoy on the embankment. With a calendar full of celebratory events, any time of year is a fine time to visit.
How to get there
  • Charing Cross • 2 min walk
  • Leicester Square • 4 min walk
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  • Kati A
    Hong Kong, China2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant... apart from the mobile phones everywhere!
    Though the art is exceptional, please, please why do you need to take photos of every single piece! I had a camera shoved in front of my face multiple times around this breathtaking gallery. I’m hopeful the National will start to do something about this problem when viewing art, to actually view it... taking selfies in the corner of the gallery or do your own personal photoshoot is just not what these special places are about!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 May 2023
  • Grover R
    Pensacola, Florida21,729 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Art Museum in London
    One of the last things we saw on our England trip was the National Gallery. While I had see both Tate's, this was the best art museum in London with the most diverse collection with the best artist and pieces. The paintings are masterpieces by the greatest artists, de Vinci, Titian, and Vermeer to Impressionist like Monet, Manet and Renoir and Post Impressionist like Suerat, Cezanne and Van Gogh. There were even interesting paintings from British history. All of this it a great building that was decorated for the season. Again, there are many art museums in London, but this is the best.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 27 May 2023
  • Oktawiusz
    Katowice, Poland32 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Overwhelming experience without guidance
    Quite overwhelming to be honest. It’s definitely worth a visit, their collection is impressive. Seeing everything is almost impossible, and here comes the only drawback of it that I can see. The staff isn’t helpful enough, for example when I asked how I can get to something I was answered that I didn’t have enough time to get there( it was 30 min to closing). In my opinion it isn’t how you treat a guest. Apart from that great experience, but only if you have a lot of free time. In other case, you have come and try to see at least the highlights.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 June 2023
  • pfefmeister
    San Francisco, California4,096 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Collection
    Lovely museum with free admission, though do prebook a ticket so you can skip the long line waiting to buy tickets. Well laid out, so fairly easy to follow rooms in sequence and not miss anything. Raphael is still the best in my opinion, and he didn’t disappoint here. One of the best art collections in the world - do not miss.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 June 2023
  • Paul S
    489 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive Collection of Paintings
    Some forty rooms to explore. It has an amazing collection of masterpieces with works from Botticelli, Caravaggio, da Vinci, Michelangelo, Monet, Raphael, Turner, van Gogh and more. The Ambassadors and the Arnolfini Portrait were two classic paintings that I had read about and finally got to see. Reserving a time slot online allowed us to bypass the line on a Saturday. Great art museum.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 14 June 2023
  • Shahafya
    114 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very impressive - but requires a lot of time if you want to see all.
    The place is amazing. Especially since the entry is free. The gallery has so many amazing paintings it's overwhelming. There are so many rooms and paintings that you really need to make time for it all. One can focus only on some of the more famous paintings.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Jade F
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Phenomenal collection even better customer service
    The collection is phenomenal but what really makes the visit is the staff. Dave and Maria were incredibly helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. They really made my visit special. All the staff were amazing and so kind. Will visit again.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Carlos L.
    Palm Desert, California1,863 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum …must see
    Wonderful art museum and it’s free! I would recommend getting timed tickets before going as there are two lines and two separate entrances: no tickets and pre booked. There was also “After Impressionism” exhibition (you have to pay for exhibition) which was worth it. You must come here as it has wonderful works of art. You can’t see it all as large museum ….just take in what you can but don’t try to see everything. There also was a wonderful St Francis exhibit at same time. There is a great restaurant adjacent to museum not affiliated with museum but you can walk into it by walking past gift shop it’s called Ochre and was great there was a museum worker/ volunteer who was so friendly and unfortunately I forgot his name but he was amazing! but all the staff were pleasant!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 July 2023
  • Karen P
    16 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    Great gallery with beautiful paintings. Definitely recommend a visit, coffee shop is good too. Advise pre booking your visit, still free but can avoid queue outside.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 July 2023
  • Zoey
    Worcestershire, United Kingdom49 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A maze of extraordinary works
    A beautiful building with some of the worlds most famous paintings. I came for the Van Gogh works, in particular his Sunflowers. The layout of the building is a little confusing; I would have befitted by being given a simple map at the door as quite often I felt like I was in a maze with no middle. There was an amusing children’s gallery near the beginning, where kids from many schools around the country had created works of art based on a real painting. The theme this year was the sea and there were some beautiful and thoughtful pieces which I enjoyed. Overall an enjoyable couple of hours.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 23 July 2023
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Pioneer790477
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
The National Gallery never disappoints. And it's unbelievably still free, even for special exhibits.

I booked a ticket online for the Last Caravaggio. Although it was timed, whatever you may read in other reviews, you can enter the museum via the special exhibit ticket entrance before that time. (This also applies to ticket holders for special exhibits at the British Museum. And don't stand in the enormous queue for general admission. Go to the head of the line and ask for the special ticket entrance.)
Written 16 May 2024
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Alice C
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We visited the National Gallery in London, and it was amazing. Located in Trafalgar Square, it has over 2,300 paintings, including works by Van Gogh, Da Vinci, and Monet. Entry is free, and the gallery is easy to explore. The building is beautiful, and there are great cafes and a gift shop. Friendly staff make the experience even better. A must-visit for anyone in London.
Written 16 May 2024
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New York170 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Loved it! I am an art lover who is spoiled by the great museums in NY City but I loved the NG! Make sure to see the Arnolfini Portrait and then head straight to the fabulous collection from about 1870- 1910. Beautiful paintings from Van Gogh, Cezanne and others. We spent about 1 1/2 hours just on that. Great museum.
Written 15 May 2024
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Venture20117625743
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Business
Shropshire top venue famouslordhillmuseum the only museum we're collectors can purchase wonderfully lots direct our party arrived to view the national gallery we love fine arts so found the place to learn and enjoy our curator was in heaven looking at all the old masters wowee can't wait to come back on our next buying venture in londonds art world
Written 14 May 2024
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Erzurum C
New York City, NY1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
The National Gallery in London is a masterpiece in itself. Home to an exquisite collection of art spanning centuries, it's a cultural haven. The iconic works, from Van Gogh to Da Vinci, create an immersive experience. A must-visit for art enthusiasts seeking inspiration in the heart of London.
Written 13 May 2024
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Patricia M
Cashiers, NC2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our guide was very knowledgeable and she gave us an informed art history tour. Entry to the museum was easy and the tour began on time and allowed us to go through the museum later at our own pace. We would recommend this tour as an overview of the museum.
Written 12 May 2024
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Joana
London, UK25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Such a beautiful place, with masterpieces that I never thought I would ever see in real life. The staff in each room are very friendly and always ready to point us in the right direction if we're lost. It's amazing that it is free to visit this Museum. Such a great opportunity for art lovers!
Written 10 May 2024
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JasonQingrongWong
Singapore, Singapore143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Amazing gallery - history so well preserved in paintings. Wonderful and extensive collection of art. Definitely a recommended visit! Even my husband, who's not so into art and stuff, agree it's worth a visit. Entrance is free. Can be crowded, especially in the area displaying art work of more well-known artists. Taking photos without other humans in them gets a little tricky.
Written 8 May 2024
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permia
Ireland61 348 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
When visiting this vast emporium of splendid art always decide what period to concentrate on, to get full enjoyment from the experience.

This occasion it was predominantly 18th and 19th century works. By some of the greats in all of art creation.

Monet and Manet are plentiful. The latter’s Execution of Maximilian covers the real life execution of the Archduke by Mexican Republicans in 1867. A powerful portrayal.

Degas is well represented, with his signature Ballet Dancers plus Young Spartans Exercising. Van Gogh works were grand to see again.

A few from the later century included Sorolla’s Valencian Fishermen and The Drunkard. These are not in his usual style of filled with Spanish sunshine, but still striking.
Written 7 May 2024
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Jim G
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
How can you pass this up. I could have spent the whole day there. It is on my list to do next time. The tour is worth it if you have never been./
Written 6 May 2024
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