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National Gallery, London

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National Gallery houses one of the world's best collections of western European art. You can find larger collections at other galleries, but the roughly 2,300 paintings here comprehensively cover major art movements from the 13th to the 19th centuries. You'll encounter numerous important works, such as Hans Holbein's The Ambassadors, Van Gogh's Sunflowers, and Constable's The Haywain. Take a floor plan as soon as you enter the gallery, and consider picking up a free audio guide that explains the significance of the works you'll see. A handful of different themes are available, including the Collection Tour, which provides commentary on more than 1,000 works, and a 60-minute tour of the highlights. The British public owns the art in the permanent exhibit, so admission is free. Temporary exhibits, however, have fees. The gallery also offers three venues for food and drink. Plan to see National Gallery and other attractions that appeal to you using our London holiday maker app .
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  • I always find something new here and I enjoy seeing the paintings that are like old friends. The cafe is great, too.  more »
  • Wonderful Museum, perfect, elegant and well organized. Inside there are works of art that you normally see on books of art or history. In every room there are benches or sofas to admire these masterpieces. The thing I liked the most was the fact that we could bring a lot to the pictures ... and be 10 cm from sunflowers by Van Gogh ... priceless!!! Very careful monitoring but not overwhelming. The respect and the peaceful silence reigned supreme. From returning. ...
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  • Classic is the visit to the rich Gallery. Classic threads, little chronikis period with free entrance and interesting approach to tour with headphones!
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  • Absolutely loved it. It is free entry, and I was astonished to see the paintings in real life that I'd only seen online for so long. There are many beautiful, classical, worldly famous works here, truly a gallery of master painters. It was bigger than expected, definitely could've spent more time in there. The staff were also really nice, helpful, and chatty as a bonus.
  • Even if you don't like art , you should visit this place at least once. You will enjoy it more than you think. It has a great selection of paintings, you will recognise a lot of them because you have seen them in movies, TV shows or seen works derived from them in other places. My only regret was that they don't let you take any pictures but I can understand their rationale. Many of the paintings, I was told, are on a loan to the gallery from their owners, and the gallery must respect the owners' wishes to not have them photographed. Another treat is to watch artists standing there copying some of the great paintings and marvel at their talent as they are really good themselves. Definitely worth an afternoon or more. Easily accessible as it's right on Trafalgar Square.
  • A fabulous Gallery!! I only intended to spend 2 hours looking around here, but I was there until closing time. I have to say the artists and the paintings Completely captured my emotions and I would definitely go back and back again. A beautiful building, with toilet facilities for people with a disability's. The downside was just as we got in, they immediately told us to put £10 each in the contribution box, we were going to contribute anyway, but we thought it was a voluntary contribution!! I would recommend it, but don't take demands of money from anyone working there in the entry!
  • Busy but great gallery just off Trafalgar Square. I wasn't keen on the staff just inside the entrance pressuring for donations before you'd even got in the door - I understand the importance of the public donations, but would appreciate walking around first before I donate. As a first time visitor it's slightly off putting. Anyway, it's easy to spend a couple of hours wandering round here, and they have some really spectacular work. A few well known pieces too. Worth a visit if you're in the area and have some free time.
  • Trafalgar square is one of the most visited tourist attraction in the city. Located near the national library, this place is always bustling with tourists. I walked to the square as part of my on-foot London visit and had lunch in one of the restaurants nearby. The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and the largest library in the world by number of items catalogued. It holds over 170 million items from many countries.... we visited this place and National Library in May,2012....
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