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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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  • London can be expensive, but there are many free attractions. The gallery can be busy, especially around Van Gogh's sunflowers, but there is plenty of space to spread out. There are great paintings by...  more »
  • Walking though this gallery is just wow at every room, their collection is soooooo beautiful. I loved their Velázquez, Rembrandt, Goya and Botticelli.  more »
  • An amazing museum full of priceless art throughout the ages! Find your favorite gallery or your favorite artist and soak up some incredible art! Always remember to look up at the gorgeous ceilings and...  more »
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  • The national art gallery is one of the free amazing things to do in London. It's one of the biggest London galleries, it is located in Trafalgar Square. The gallery is accessible through a tube or London bus. This is one of the "to see" places in London for artists or aspiring artists. One of the street artists drew country flags on the ground and has people donate money by placing it on their country's flag. It was a great thing because I got to meet other people from my own country and we could see which court is more generous or have more tourists visiting London (Trafalgar Square).
  • Really nice place. There is a free event called Drop-in-Drawing (every Friday from 18:30) in which an artist gives you a task to complete. You do not need to bring any material since they are provided in the gallery. Also it is open to everyone (from beginners to accomplished artists).
  • I spent a day with my 4 and 5 year old. I wasn't planning to be at the Gallery longer than 2 hours, we were almost kicked out after over 4 hrs. Everyone was very helpful in finding the pictogram Katie's Picture Show and than we took part in some activities they prepared for the kids over the half term. Amazing Day!!
  • Definitely worth coming to! I stumbled upon this museum and decided to check it out. Really well worth it with art from very famous artists from the impressionist movement all the way back to the Renaissance. Not to mention this place is free! Definitely check this gallery out because the area on Friday had free street entertainment! I saw break dancers, violinist and chalk art! Go!:) Also the national portrait museum is around the corner. Also free :)
  • Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to fully appreciate this excellent gallery! Admission is free, and anyone with any sort of appreciation for art could easily spend hours here. Add the Portrait Gallery next door, and the beautiful plaza that leads up to both... you could spend all day here and not have any regrets!

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