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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

1 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JD, Scotland
+44 131 624 6200
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A great collection of historical and current portraits across history and geography,with focus on... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
drullputt
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Uzes, France
Amazing Gallery & Cafe

Visited this Gallery on a day out in Edinburgh with my partner the building & Art work is amazing... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
NorthStreet32
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Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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1 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JD, Scotland
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Reviewed 3 days ago

A great collection of historical and current portraits across history and geography,with focus on Scotland,obviously...

1  Thank drullputt
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Visited this Gallery on a day out in Edinburgh with my partner the building & Art work is amazing, after looking at the art work we then went to the Cafe although very busy we managed to get a seat, the food is excellent we...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

We visited here the day we got off the plane, so we were fighting jet lag. There was a excellent exhibit on photos of childhood, and the Raeburn and Ramsey portraits are superb.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful Victorian building which exceeds visitors' expectations the more they explore its interior and its different rooms.As you are walking up the floors ,you become a witness of the different styles and depictions of portaits in way that the transition from one era to...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed all the exhibitions but the ‘When we were young’ was especially poignant. We only had about an hour which I felt was not long enough to do the exhibits justice. Staff were very helpful.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have a spare couple of hours while in Edinburgh you can't go wrong with the Portrait Gallery. The building housing it is a beautiful Victorian with a stunning entrance hall. Being an American a lot of the portraits were not people who were...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I would say it is a must to visit place in Edinburgh. There are so many amazing art pieces in the gallery.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Firstly. A beautiful ornate building housing some fine art work. Therefore why a 2 and nothing more?? Content I'm afraid. The so-called great and the good ordain the walls. It looks more like a line up of suspects for a serious crime. More titles than...More

Thank Richard B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing glimpses into the lives of famous people. Very moving. Challenging in places. Well laid out. A great place to spend a few hours.

Thank Mel L
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The exterior does not prepare you for the grand artwork in the room inside and then the floors of treasures above... Not just portraits but a walk through history, particularly Scottish history... I even rediscovered a lost author from my childhood, Andrew Lang! I spent...More

Thank Janet 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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Fiona A
13 August 2016|
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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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20 September 2015|
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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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