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  • Address: St. Martin's Place, London, England WC2H 0HE
  • Hours: Daily 10am-6pm, late night opening Thurs-Fri until 9pm

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National Portrait Gallery Tours

From legendary royals to pop culture icons and famous public figures; strolling the halls of the National Portrait Gallery is like taking a walk through British history. There are works dating from as early as the 13th century; Tudor portraits including Sir Thomas Cromwell, Richard III and Henry VIII, along with his six wives; and Victorian-era portraits of Queen Victoria, Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde and the Brontë sisters. The modern era is well represented too, including royals like Diana Princess of Wales and the Duchess of Cambridge, actors like Alan Rickman and Helen Mirren, and instantly recognizable faces like The Beatles, Richard Branson and J.K.Rowling.

Opening its doors in 1856, the National Portrait Gallery was the first of its kind in the world and it’s now home to the world’s biggest portrait collection, featuring over 11,000 works. Notable highlights include the 'Chandos' portrait, alleged to portray William Shakespeare; a sketch of novelist Jane Austen by her sister and the much talked about ‘Ditchley’ portrait of Queen Elizabeth I. In the modern gallery, must-sees include Julian Opie’s celebrated Blur portraits, Sam Taylor-Wood’s video portrait of David Beckham and Marlene Dumas’s painting of Amy Winehouse, while the most bizarre is Mark Quinn’s ‘Self’, a frozen sculpture of his head made with his own blood.

Practical Info

The National Portrait Gallery is located on St Martin’s Place, just north of Trafalgar Square and is open daily from 10am to 6pm, with late-night opening until 9pm on Thursdays and Fridays. Admission is free, except for some temporary exhibitions, and a rooftop restaurant and café can also be found on-site.

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Small-Group Guided Tour of the National Gallery in London, London, null
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Small-Group Guided Tour of the National Gallery in London

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Explore a world-class art collection with our energetic guides during this 2 to 2.5 hour tour of the National Gallery. Discuss the museum’s most prominent ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 to 2.5 hrs

From USD $77.27
Small-Group Tour: The National Gallery and British Museum in London, London, Attraction Tickets
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Small-Group Tour: The National Gallery and British Museum in London

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Maximize your stay with a visit to London’s two most prominent museums, the National Gallery and the British Museum. On this intimate 5 to 5.5 hour ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 to 5.5 hrs

From USD $148.60
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Private Tour: Chauffeur-Driven Tour of London

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Enjoy a private 4-hour tour of London with a private guide and a driver. This tour offers a flexible itinerary, you can choose what you visit. See famous Big ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Private Guided Tour of the National Gallery in London, London, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Guided Tour of the National Gallery in London

Explore a world-class art collection with our energetic guides during this 2 to 2.5-hour private tour of the National Gallery. We will discuss the museum’s ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 to 2.5 hrs

From USD $82.03
Private Tour: London's National Gallery and The British Museum Guided Tour, London, Private ... 
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Private Tour: London's National Gallery and The British Museum Guided Tour

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Explore two of London’s top attractions in one day on this private 5.5-hour National Gallery and British Museum guided tour. Follow a private guide through the ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 to 5.5 hrs

From USD $148.60
Private Tour: National Gallery Tour in London with Art Historian Guide, London, Private Sightseeing ... 
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Private Tour: National Gallery Tour in London with Art Historian Guide

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See the best of London’s National Gallery, one of the world’s most visited art museums, on this private 2.5- to 3-hour tour. With a specialist art historian ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $106.99
Private Tour: Sightseeing Walking Tour of London, London, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Tour: Sightseeing Walking Tour of London

During this tour you will see the best places of central London such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and more. You ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $249.35
Black Presences at London Museums, London, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Black Presences at London Museums

There is a black presence in many of the works in our national collections. That presence takes many different forms; blacks are depicted as kings, as slaves, ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $19.95
Private Tour: London Historical Walking Tour, London, Cultural Tours
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Private Tour: London Historical Walking Tour

Start off your trip to London with a 2.5 hour private tour detailing the city’s history. Our attentive guides will take you through the city’s center, starting ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $70.14
London Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Entry to Over 80 Attractions, London, Private ... 
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London Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Entry to Over 80 Attractions

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Discover the joy of sightseeing with the London Pass, and enjoy free entry to over 80 of its world-class sites like Westminster Abbey, The Shard and the Tower ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: Flexible

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