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National Portrait Gallery, London

The National Potrait Gallery in London houses portraits of historically important and famous British people. The gallery opened to the public in 1856 and its paintings are selected based on the significance of the sitter and not the artist. The collection includes photographs and caricatures as well as paintings, drawings and sculpture.

Famous portaits include the Chandos portrait of William Shakespeare and Holbein’s portrait of Henry VIII. If you want to hear more about the portaits an audio guide gives you access to recorded commentaries on 170 famous portaits.

There are changing exhibitions on display of contemporary works and portaits by individual artists and activities and events run throughout the year. Check the website or call for more information.

The roof top restaurant has stunning views of Westminster, Nelsons column and Big Ben or there is a stylish café downstairs.

Opening Times

Open daily 10am - 6pm
Late night opening Thursday and Friday until 9pm
The Gallery is closed 24-26 December.

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Ticket Prices

Free. Charges apply for special exhibitions

Disabled Facilities

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More Information

Telephone: 020 7312 2463

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Location Map

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National Portrait Gallery
St Martin's Place
London

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