National Gallery of Scotland
National Galleries Complex, The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL
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Best for Culture - Expert review of National Gallery of Scotland
A stunning structure designed by William Playfair, The National Gallery Complex sits in the middle of Princes Street at the foot of The Mound and houses Scotland's immense and historical collection of art in three interconnecting buildings. It's one of Europe’s premier venues for international exhibitions.
The national collection of art is regarded as one of the best and most important in the world and it's free to get in.
The National Galleries of Scotland comprise of five galleries spread across the city; I have listed the The Modern Art Gallery and The Portrait Gallery separately as they are major attractions in their own right. (though the Portrait Gallery is undergoing refurbishment and will reopen in 2011)
The National Gallery and The Royal Scottish Academy are joined by the Weston Link, which offers shopping, eating and drinking. An added bonus is that you also get a great uninterrupted view of Princes Street Gardens from the Weston Link.
There's a 120-seater restaurant in here too and a brilliant shop full of irresistible cards, books, knick-knacks and copies of the masterpieces on show.
Free. Though there is a charge for the major exhibitions.
More information on National Gallery of Scotland:
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- Art gallery, Historic site, Landmark / monument
- National Galleries Complex, The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL
- 0131 624 6336
- Months open:
- All year round
- Opening times:
- Mon-Sun 10am-5pm, Thursdays open until 7pm; closed December 25/26; open Jan 1 from noon-5pm