Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN
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- 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
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 (www.thenationaldiningrooms.co.uk) in the Sainsbury Wing (level 1), which specialises in British regional dishes.
Admission is free, charges apply to some special exhibitions. A map costs £1, audioguides are £3.50 (concessions £2.50).
More information on National Gallery:
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- 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.