National Gallery

Address: Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN, United Kingdom
Telephone: 020 7747 2885

- Free


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.

Value for money

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).

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Mature travellers
  • Singles
  • Education
  • Sightseeing
  • Art
  • History
  • Design and architecture