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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

1 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JD, Scotland
+44 131 624 6200
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Spectacular stairwell and balconies

I cannot enter the gallery without standing on the balcony looking down at the sumptuously... read more

Reviewed yesterday
craigluscar
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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
Loved it! Especially the photography exhibits.

I especially enjoyed the exhibits of photographs. It is not a big gallery but definitely very... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
spiewaa
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Winfield, IL
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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 identity at home and abroad from Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie and Robert Burns, through to more recent pioneers in science, sport and the arts.. See this outstanding national Collection in its newly refurbished 19th century home, from the suite of grand, top-lit galleries to smaller, intimate rooms, and discover the new Photography Gallery and the atmospheric Victorian Library. Round off your trip to the Portrait Gallery with a visit to our new café. Serving a delicious menu of fresh dishes and classic recipes, our team are passionate about sourcing the very best local ingredients and seasonal produce. A great place for lunch or even just a coffee break, our family-friendly venue is one of the best cafes in Edinburgh. Admission is free. Charges may apply for special exhibitions.
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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1 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JD, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday

I cannot enter the gallery without standing on the balcony looking down at the sumptuously decorated hall it is simply outstanding . A couple of good photographic exhibitions on just now the Excellent BP Portrait Awards running till the end of March and the When...More

Thank craigluscar
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I especially enjoyed the exhibits of photographs. It is not a big gallery but definitely very interesting. Not only are the exhibits interesting but it is also a beautiful building inside.

Thank spiewaa
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Lovely old red sandstone building and warm welcome at the door. Well laid out and wonderfully clear written background to every painting. I hadn't realised this was the world's first purpose built Portrait Gallery, that's why there are large galleries to small intimate corners. The...More

Thank Ruth M
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Because it's good, it's popular - and busy. So when we pitched up on a Saturday afternoon in the half term break it was full of other people who had had the same idea and we had to wait a bit. However, despite the volume...More

Thank bogmyrtle
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Quiet and wonderful. Interesting pictures, portraits and a wonderful building. Bonus is the cafe for a coffee and cake half way through the visit.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I love going to different art galleries and Edinburgh is no exception. The building itself is impressive. And we made our way for a coffee first in the cafe as we had had a long walk there and it was cold! The cafe is great,...More

Thank exploretheworld29
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Called in here late in the day and wished I'd had more time to spend browsing all the halls! fascinating historical portraits and accompanying explanations of the subjects and their place in Scottish history. well worth a visit

Thank johnpears
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A wide ranging set of portraits exhibited. It was busy on a wet Saturday so hard to give each exhibit the time it deserved. If I lived in Edinburgh, I’d go back.

Thank 37Wyatt
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I haven't visited the gallery for a few years but there was a great BP exhibition of portrait winners on Many looked like photos. Very interesting.

Thank Lois H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Several galleries Many portraits of Scottish kings and Mary Queen of Scots. About 2 -3 hours is plenty of time to see everything.

Thank Tony M
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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.
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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
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Easy to find but very difficult to park. Better to park in a 'park and ride' and get bus into city centre.
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