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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Closed Now: 10:00 - 17:00
Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
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This is a cracker! It's free and excellent. Three to five hours for a general look round. Cafe and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Peter D
Prestwick, United Kingdom
I don't like art museums but enjoyed this one

So I'm not the type that ever goes to art museums but this one is Free (so that's good) and it's... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Rob L
San Diego
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Visit one of Edinburgh’s most iconic buildings and explore a fascinating overview of Scotland past and present though a wealth of imagery encompassing painting, photography, sculpture and film. Meet the people who have helped shape the nation’s...more
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1 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JD, Scotland
New Town
+44 131 624 6200
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a cracker! It's free and excellent. Three to five hours for a general look round. Cafe and seating all over Gallery for the weary.Open 10.00 - 17.00

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Reviewed 4 days ago

So I'm not the type that ever goes to art museums but this one is Free (so that's good) and it's portrait art so I understand what I'm looking at. Great place to go to learn some more about Scottish history and see what people...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had over two hours to spend at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. We went through everything, lingering over some pictures, in one hour. But is was an enjoyable hour.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This lovely gothic-style building was on the doorstep of my hotel so warranted a visit. I was more than impressed at the range of portraits on view, from th 1400 - 1500s There was a particulary grand painting of Mary Queen of Scots as you...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Deliciously gothic building in New Town. Great permament collections & wonderful & innovative exhibitions

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a very wet afternoon in the Portrait Gallery and left with a massive smile on our faces! Having visited the National Gallery of Scotland earlier in the day we thought that we had seen the best Art that Edinburgh had to offer! Not...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This gallery is as good as the National Portrait Gallery in London. Do not pass this up, it is worth the free admission.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

One good thing about Edinburgh is that you get to see places like this for FREE, I highly recommend a visit here if you like to see different kinds of visual art, and traditional art. It certainly is a beautiful building too!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to see the Victoria Crowe exhibition very interesting one hour film plus some of her portraits. Big retrospective in 2019 Building has been upgraded recently with new cafe etc. There is no parking nearby but fortunately there is the tram(day ticket £3.20) so went...More

Thank ancell98
Reviewed 1 week ago

This one is on par with the National Gallery in London. It's a little stuffy but the paintings are not only amazing, but historically significant. Not real good for kids but even if you're not an "arty", take an hour and walk through.

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Janine H
26 June 2018|
Response from B F | Reviewed this property |
I didn’t see one, but it is usual at a Gallery, so worth checking.
Sergey G
9 August 2017|
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Response from Anneliese M | Reviewed this property |
Excellent selection of scones, sweets, teas and coffee, as well as small sandwiches. I had a strawberry/cream scone and tea in the amazing cafe. Huge windows and a wonderful giftstore right within the cafe area.
Fiona A
13 August 2016|
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Response from Fiona A | Reviewed this property |
Thank you kind people for replying. I posted my question in response to someone's complaining that the NPG was far too far away from everything. I realise now I should have phrased my post quite differently, but thank you... More