National Gallery

Price guide: Free

Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN

Price guide: Free

George Seurat ‘Bathers at Asnieres’, 1884 © The National Gallery, London (NG3908)
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Expert overall rating:4.7 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Mature travellers, Singles, Art, Design and architecture, Education, History, Sightseeing

Best for Culture - Expert review of National Gallery

One of the greatest fine art collections in the world - and it's free.

Devoted to Western European art from 1250-1900, this is a mighty, masterpiece-filled museum that somehow manages to remain inviting and enjoyable despite the high number of visitors that pass through its grand halls. With some 2,300 works on view it's a place where you should go to see a particular section or to track down some old favourites. For many, this means the Impressionist period (level 2, rooms 40-46), but wherever you go there is every chance you will see famous pieces that have launched a thousand greetings cards. My advice is to make a plan (the entire collection is online) then reward yourself in advance by booking a meal at The National Dining Rooms ( in the Sainsbury Wing (level 1), which specialises in British regional dishes.

Price advice: 

Admission is free, charges apply to some special exhibitions. A map costs £1, audioguides are £3.50 (concessions £2.50).

Expert tips: 
Use the free ArtStart touch-screens in the East Wing (level 0) to print out a themed tour while sipping a coffee.
Do some homework on the go by downloading the National Gallery app to your smartphone (£1.79 from iTunes).

More information on National Gallery:

Price guide:
Art gallery, Museum
Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN
020 7747 2885
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Mon-Thurs, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm, Fri 10am-9pm.

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