100 reviews between Jan 01, 2020 and Oct 22, 2023.
The National Gallery in London is a must-visit art museum with free admission. It houses a stunning collection of artworks from different eras and offers well-curated exhibitions. The gallery is conveniently located in central London near popular attractions. Pre-booking a ticket is recommended to avoid long queues. With three different routes, visitors can explore the gallery and not miss any masterpiece. The National Gallery is a great place to spend an afternoon appreciating art.National Gallery
100 reviews between Jan 01, 2020 and Oct 22, 2023.
Very informative. The talk definitely make the art experience more memorable. It was definitely worth the money.
Great museum with amazing paintings. When we visited the museum it was a bit overcrowded. But you have to deal with it. Really worth a visit.
Went with my family as we didn’t have lots of time but wanted to see the key things. Our guide really brought the whole thing to life - the back stories, the subtle references you’d never get from doing it alone. Headsets also helped as you could hear even when busy (although perhaps being your own headphones - it’s a little wasteful to give you something you wear for an hour then throw away!).Could have easily spent another hour going around more. Strongly recommend!
To be clear, I have rated my experience in the National Gallery as average based on the lack of signs within the Gallery to clearly indicate the way out within a set of rooms and a lack of signs to clearly indicate the exit from the building. This is not just a matter of convenience for visitors who might be delayed in finding the art that they want to see or who might take more time than they'd like to find the toilets. This is an important matter of safety for all visitors. I would strongly encourage adding more signs and taking other steps to improve the safety of visitors to the gallery.
Not much I can add about this magnificent building and incredible collection of works. I was happy to book a free ticket and make a donation (suggested). Great value, as I didn't feel the need for a guide. Plenty of group, and self-directed options, if you would prefer one. Fantastic day out.
Our guide - I was in a group of about 15 - was Jo (I think) and she was very personable and informative.Jo picked four main paintings to tell us more about, in the allotted hour.And, of course, while the group walks around, you can enjoy all the paintings you pass.I especially enjoyed her analysis of the Turner painting (a large ship, being taken to the breakers' yard) and least enjoyed our time in front of Monet's 'Water lilies'. There's not a lot you can say about the painting, as it looks like someone threw a lot of paint at a huge canvas (cue horror from the art aficionados), so Jo couldn't really say a lot about the painting and focused on Monet. Fair enough. One jarring note - a couple behind me whispered loudly together, looking at their phones (I think at information about the painting we were looking at), while Jo was speaking. Why go on a guided tour, if you're just going to talk over the guide?? Do your own thing, with your phone as your guide! Please.
The National Gallery doesn't need a description. But if you're thinking of going plan your visit as there's too much to see in one hit. Do some research first and focus on particular eras or artists. Personally I love the older works (pre-1500) in the Sainsbury Wing and Spanish religious art. Both are well represented.Also look for the free guided tours and/or the talk and draw sessions on Friday lunchtimes.It is open late on Fridays and best avoided on Sundays as its too busy.
The guide was excellent and gave structure to the huge gallery. My only suggestion is that it was difficult to hear her and there was no explanation about how to use the device she gave out. Thus most if the tour was unintelligible. What I did catch was lovely though. Speak up please!
Had a day to spend in London and having been before multiple times, the National Gallery was something we'd never visited - so we gave it a go!Firstly, I'd definitely recommend more than an hour to look around. To be honest, if you prefer to look at art slowly and take everything in properly, I might even recommend spending a day here. It could be easily done. We had under an hour, so we saw the most famous artworks and blitzed through the rest quickly.It's incredible that this gallery is free - you get to see amazing famous works like Van Gogh's Sunflowers... for free!! Which is very generous and great to see in today's society where nearly every venue is to pay for. They have a very wide variety of paintings, and the building is so beautiful and impressive. Maybe getting a map would be better, because the place is like a maze and you could easily get lost!We visited in February on a weekday, so it wasn't very busy at all. The only problem we had was other tourists who seemed to form a wall in front of paintings, so seeing them was difficult - a lot of waiting and taking turns! Though this is the same in every art gallery where there's a major piece of work on display.Overall a lovely place and I'd like to revisit to spend more time there, but would definitely go during an off-peak time.
Came specifically to see the tudor period paintings and I wasn't disappointed! A must see if you are a fan of the period. Didn't have time to explore the other floors, another visit another time.. hopefully!
A truly beautiful art museum and adding the fact that admission is free, a visit is almost a must. Lots of works by different artists from all over the world.I only took two photos in a hurry because I didn't have much time, I wanted to enjoy the moment of the visit more.
Fabulous!Super collection of art which is mind-blowing. Allow a lot of time. Can be slightly confusing about where you’ve just been and where you’re going but that could have just been us! The paintings will leave you over-awed. Do not miss when in London!
The most visited place in london.alot of history to learn,what a beautiful place.one of the most beautiful displays you will never see.join the guiding tour.
I had already been to London several times. Now in August 2023, I went to this museum for the first time. I loved the visit. Highly recommended
Went for the « After Impressionism: Inventing Modern Art » exhibition. Very well done and explained; the selection of paintings was excellent. Saw some amazing Picasso’s. After the exhibition it is alway nice to stroll in the different galleries in order to discover or rediscover the exposed art works.
My wife & I visited the National Gallery to see two very good fine art exhibitions: ‘After Impressionism: Inventing Modern Art’ and ‘Saint Francis of Assisi’. We booked our entry tickets on-line to make sure we’d be admitted during the early summer holiday period. We had also booked an Afternoon Tea at the Gallery’s Ochre Restaurant between the two exhibits, which was not nearly as satisfying as our art appreciation on this visit. Access to the free Gallery exhibits is via the Portico Entrance, up the front stairs facing Trafalgar Square; step-free access & entry for special exhibits are handled at the sidewalk-level Getty Entrance nearby. Ticket check & security processing on arrival both went smoothly. The National Gallery staff were all very friendly, the facilities are modern & well maintained, and their gift shop is one of the larger ones we’ve seen at an art museum (with quality merchandise). We would recommend art lovers visiting London take a look at the Gallery website for current exhibitions and attend one that suits their tastes. A two-fer would be even better.
I really enjoyed this one. Lots of the kind of art I like. Impressionists, historical stuff. Our first trip to London, gotta go see it.
Wow, so many wonderful pieces of art. Highlights were from Pablo Picasso, George Seurat and of course Vincent Van Gogh. It was an absolute treat to see my 13 year old spot the Bathers by Seurat, after enjoying reading the Katie books. Her smile was worth a million dollars. Seeing the Sunflowers which she'd studied in school was also a high light for her. We also enjoyed the gift shop very much lol.
Incredible art gallery that I love and have returned to about once per year for about 10 years (almost every time I am in London from the US).Special shout-out to Alan who works there and made my entire day during a recent visit. Alan is passionate and knowledgeable about art. I was concerned because I could not find my favorite Claude painting (Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba) and Alan not only immediately knew what painting I was describing, but knew where they moved it. He also knew key facts about the work, artist, and reason for where it was moved too. Thank you Alan and National Gallery for another memorable trip - See you soon!
I mean if you love history this is a must. From the egyptians to assyrians to greeks, romans, chinese, persians, etc etc. Every single civilization you learned about in primary school they have so much about!
Iconic building with vast rooms of wonderful art, so much to see let alone the exhibitions that are chargeable.Excellent little cafe with the best-ever almond croissant, great service and reasonably priced, we refuelled to see more rooms. So many treasures it is a wondrous experience. We did not have a tour - just wandered at leisure.
The museum has a good collection of paintings . The museum also has a beautiful interior with larger spaces for its exhibits. The collection is worth a visit. I was entrained.
One of my favorite places in the world. I can visit it again and again. Incredible atmosphere, breath-taking exhibitions. Planning already my next visit.
We had afternoon tea at Ochre the National Gallery and rather expected, given the price quoted at £42.95 it would be exquisite. Sadly not. The food offered was acceptable but not stunning. It certainly bore no relation to the After Impressionism exhibition it was supposedly based on. The service though was poor. A chipped and cracked glass, and when I asked for lemon with my tea I was presented with a jug of milk. Afternoon Tea was advertised as After Impressionism Afternoon Tea and offered 10%discount for ticket holders, this didn’t manifest on our bill, nor were we asked if we were ticket holders, but service charge was added making the whole exercise extremely expensive for a mediocre experience.
I think the “highlights” (greatest hits) tour is brilliant. It’s like a course in art history, from beginner to advanced. Plus it helps focus one’s attention within the monumental collection. I could spend days in the National Gallery, but this is a roadmap to 1-2 stupendous days. Highly recommend.
I went to see the post-impressionist exhibition and ended up joining as a memberLots of top-class works on show
Beautiful paintings, I hope I will come back someday and see again those amazing paitings. Last time I saw Van Gogh "sunflowers"!
This is a spacious and well set out exhibition but is largely a collection of religious paintings completed some 300 years after the alleged date of death of St Francis. There are also clips from more recent movies but hardly any artefacts from near the time of his life - not surprisingly. It will be mainly of interest to religious experts and also Italians. The power of the story of the life of St Francis is demonstrated by this exhibition.
I used to work near here so would often head in on the way to Charing Cross station. 15+ years later I went with my 8 year old daughter who's far more artistic than I'll ever be, and she loved it. It's still a wonderful place - not only the collections, but the building itself. The only thing that has changed is you can book advanced tickets (for free) to avoid the queue. Didn't know this until I got there but we were lucky, however this is worth knowing during school holidays and because one of wings is being renovated. There are few places on Earth that have so much beauty.
Excellent experience, the gallery is free and has so much great art . Would 100% recommend Love it 😍
It is my favourite museum in London. Being well located and free entrance, definitely a place to go. The museum is large and the collection is most fixed so even if I being many times, if I need to go again I tend to just focus in what is new. This time a beautiful simple exhibition telling St Francis history it was very well elaborate. I love their impressionist collection, and when I saw a few month ago that one of the Sunflowers from Van Gogh was available made me very happy. The building is gorgeous per se. Their café expresso area is too hot, they should improve the are. But they have 2 other cafes / restaurants that are better than the basic one. The gallery in the summer might not be super pleasant as it is really busy. But in the winter there are less people and it is lovely.
Some forty rooms to explore. It has an amazing collection of masterpieces with works from Botticelli, Caravaggio, da Vinci, Michelangelo, Monet, Raphael, Turner, van Gogh and more. The Ambassadors and the Arnolfini Portrait were two classic paintings that I had read about and finally got to see. Reserving a time slot online allowed us to bypass the line on a Saturday. Great art museum.
Lovely museum with free admission, though do prebook a ticket so you can skip the long line waiting to buy tickets. Well laid out, so fairly easy to follow rooms in sequence and not miss anything. Raphael is still the best in my opinion, and he didn’t disappoint here. One of the best art collections in the world - do not miss.
Quite overwhelming to be honest. It’s definitely worth a visit, their collection is impressive. Seeing everything is almost impossible, and here comes the only drawback of it that I can see. The staff isn’t helpful enough, for example when I asked how I can get to something I was answered that I didn’t have enough time to get there( it was 30 min to closing). In my opinion it isn’t how you treat a guest. Apart from that great experience, but only if you have a lot of free time. In other case, you have come and try to see at least the highlights.
It's possible to spend hours and hours in here as they have so many top works of art. However, if you are pushed for time you can also do your research on their webiste and check which rooms have the really famous stuff eg van Gogh, Constable, Turner, Monet and make a beeline for those areas over a quick morning. The rooms are all clearly numbered over the doors and are sequential. Book your slot online and jump the queues. You don't necessarily need a guided tour, as everything well labelled. Better to browse at your own pace I think.I hadn't been aware until my visit of just how many world famous masterpieces the gallery had.I was also pleasantly surprised at just how close you could get to see the detail. Of course, there are alarms and security guards but not obtrusively so and the ropes are fairly close in.The only daylight robbery was the prices in the cafe. Wow. Do try to avoid!
I recommend visiting even if you can’t dedicate a full day to the museum or a guided tour. There is so much to see. It’s worth it to do what you can. 🙂
Never fails to amaze. Ensure you catch a free tour Tues-Thurs @ 3. Also book a free ticket. Hope more free guided tours will be offered soon.
The National Gallery exceeded expectations. We reserved an entry online for a weekday afternoon which was perfect. The art is amazing, as is the building itself. The Van Gogh sunflowers were luminous. Download a map of the place beforehand and you can get turned around.
Theis exhibition celebrates the achievements of three giants of the era: Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin and follows the influences they had on younger generations of European artists, in Berlin, Vienna, Flanders and BrusselsUnique exhibition. With nearly a hundred works by artists ranging from Klimt and Munch, Matisse and Picasso to Mondrian and Kandinsky complemented by a selection of sculpture by artists including Rodin and Camille Claudel, the exhibition follows the creation of a new, modern art, free of convention, taking in Fauvism, Expressionism, Cubism.The exhibition includes some of the most iconic works of art created during these decades. Important loans come to the exhibition from institutions and private collections worldwide including Museum of Modern Art, New York; Musée d’Orsay, Paris; Art Institute of Chicago; Musée Rodin, Paris; National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh; Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona; and Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut.
One of the last things we saw on our England trip was the National Gallery. While I had see both Tate's, this was the best art museum in London with the most diverse collection with the best artist and pieces. The paintings are masterpieces by the greatest artists, de Vinci, Titian, and Vermeer to Impressionist like Monet, Manet and Renoir and Post Impressionist like Suerat, Cezanne and Van Gogh. There were even interesting paintings from British history. All of this it a great building that was decorated for the season. Again, there are many art museums in London, but this is the best.
Pretty good collection of paintings from artists like Van Gogh, Monet, among others. Admission is freel. The interior of the building and the grounds are really neat to look at and take in as well.
The interactive displays make it easy to find out more about the artwork and the history behind it. You can also take part in workshops and events to learn more about the art and its creators. The National Gallery London is a great place to spend an afternoon or even a whole day. The galleries are full of interesting and beautiful works of art from all over the world. It's a great place to explore and learn something new. If you're looking for a unique and inspiring experience, then the National Gallery London is the perfect place for you! With its interactive displays, convenient location and spacious galleries, it's sure to be an unforgettable experience. Don't miss out - visit the National Gallery London today!
We came here for the After Impressionism exhibition which covered the period from about 1886 until 1914. It is a huge exhibition in 8 rooms and contains many paintings I haven't seen before probably as they are in private collections. We were enthralled and spent 2 hours here. I particularly liked the Van Gogh paintings. I thought the narrative within the rooms was a bit confused though.
An amazing collection of beautiful and famous paintings houses in a stunning building in Trafalgar Square. It's a good place to visit on a rainy day.
Located in the Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery is an excellent art gallery, hosting lots of iconic artworks. In my opinion, it's a must see. The entrance is free, which surprised me when I planned my trip to London.
A treasure trove of incredible paintings here. This is free and a must visit! Make sure to make a donation to support the cause!!
Amazing gallery with many iconic artworks, but it gets very busy so I would avoid weekends and try to go early if possible. I think it would be better if they let fewer people in at a time.
We were pleasantly surprised at how many wonderful artists works can be seen here: Degas, Monet, Manet, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Constable, Turner… the list goes on. We spent a few very enjoyable hours wandering round and appreciating this fabulous place. If you’re visiting London it should definitely be on your to do list.
I have visited the NG once or twice a year since I moved to London in 1997. The two blobs are for the works. Since lockdown it's been a bonfire of a customer experience. The gallery is being refurbished. Fine. So there's a way in for able-bodied people (steps up) and a disabled entrance (lift). The security guard at the disabled entrance was clearly heard telling a visitor they had to use the able entrance. The visitor didn't have a mobility aid but who is this security guard to say if the visitor has a disability or not? Isn't that against the law?Then there was the cloakroom. It's £2 to hand it over to a person after a very long wait. Why can't there be coin operated lockers? Then there's the constant telling me what to do. Stand here, go there, don't go there. The crowds don't help but it's stressful and unpleasant and I now officially hate it. "Have you been here before?" Yes many times and it's turning into a commercial crowd-controlling, tourist-driven, expensive, overwhelming nightmare.I suggest bring back timed-tickets so that I can see the pictures in relative peace again. I can't go back as it is now.
The knowledgeable staff are friendly and helpful and the free admission is a great bonus. The stunning architecture of the building is a sight to behold and the convenient location is easy to find. It's a great place to spend an afternoon exploring the vast collection of artwork. Highly recommended!
We booked a tour guide to show us the highlights of the National Gallery, and it was definitely worth it. A 2.5 hour tour, we could then spend time in the gallery to view other pieces. A fantastic range of artworks, from da Vinci's Virgin of the Rocks to Holbein's The Ambassadors, Monet, Van Gogh and so many more. You could spend days in there - and of course, it's free! Incredible to see such a range of artwork without it costing a penny.
The National Gallery in London is one of the best museums in Britain. Home to famous paintings such as the Hay Wain by John Constable, The Fighting Temeraire by J. M. W. Turner, Virgin of the Rocks by Leonardo da Vinci and Vase with Fifteen Sunflower by Vincent van Gogh amongst many more. The Gallery is also marvellously decorative with every room looking really stunning and rich. I spent 2 hours looking around, but I recommend you can spend 3-4 hours looking around taking a more of a detailed look. There are over 2000 paintings in the National Gallery plus some temporary displays which can sometimes have an entrance fee. While I was there they had a Turner temporary display in which you can view paintings such as Cologne, the Arrival of a Packet-Boat: Evening and Harbour of Dieppe: Changement de Domicile. Overall its a wonderful experience visiting the National Gallery.
If I am in London, I am at the National Gallery no matter what, so it was my fifth visit. This time I had only 90 minutes to spend because I had a timed ticket to the newly renovated Courtauld Gallery. As always, I headed to Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Virgin of the Rocks”, the painting I adore along with its other version in The Louvre. Then it was divine Botticelli’s “Venus and Mars”, which had a whole new meaning for me because just before my trip I had finished reading “The House of Medici” by Christopher Hibbert. Continued with the Sainsbury Wing admiring masterpieces of Van Eyck, Michelangelo, Andrea del Sarto, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Hans Holbein, Durër… all of them wonderful…I also had some time left for the two paintings comparison exhibit: Picasso’s vs. Ingres’s (Madame Moitessier). In all honesty, I didn’t find any similarities, except for the pose of the two women, but it is not too important - both paintings are beautiful. Do not get discouraged by the long line to enter the National Gallery - it moves very fast and you will pass security check in no time.
I have been visiting lots of galleries and museums with my son this week and included a visit to the Raphael exhibition at the NG. However, I was horrified to be charged £5 each to scan a QR code so we could hear a guided tour on OUR phones, using OUR headphones. The exhibition cost a whacking £25 each and then £10 on top of this was a total of £60 for us both. We were not charged to scan a QR code for a guide at any other museum or gallery. I find this to be greedy and poor judgement on the part of a reputable gallery.This is no way to entice a post pandemic audience in who are feeling the pinch with the added issue of the cost of living going up. I wouldn't say the guide was worth it either. Disappointing is an understatement.
It is what it is. It’s free to enter (which is a bonus) and, if one can avoid the school parties, a relaxing and interesting couple of hours low-key entertainment.For the art-uneducated visitor I found it quite it interesting to stumble across famous works and to be surprised by their size and details which are missed in printed depictions.The gift shop was surprisingly well priced (possibly catering for the aforementioned school trip purchases).All in all there are worse places to kill time on a rainy day in central London.
A must see London destination for locals and tourists alike. We visited recently and really liked the online booking which ensured that the Gallery wasn't over crowded. I particularly liked following the three different routes which guided you through a series of must see art works by period. You can spend as little as an hour here just wandering or several hours viewing each room in turn. Not only is the art work spectacular, but the building itself is stunning.
Love the National gallery as there is such a wide variety of paintings and masterpieces on display. Its just great to see so many master pieces that you learn about over the years. But also the building itself its utterly fantastic. Ticketing process is straight forward where you book a ticket online and then you get an email with a QR code in it. If you show up on the day they have a sign outside the main entrance which you can scan and it will take you through to the website. I spent about 1.5 hours inside just wondering through the rooms, they have three routes that you can follow and I think I covered all the rooms in my stroll around.
This is a must-see every time I’m in London. What a wonderful gallery, beautifully set up and with a good selection of art pieces spanning the centuries. You could easily spend a whole day just walking the halls although 3hours should do it for the casual visitor.Recently, I’ve been especially impressed by the COVID measures put in place: limited entry for bookings only, one-way walkways (that are actually monitored and enforced!) as well as required masks in all areas. Due to the slow drop-in of people it’s possible to enjoy the art more and feel like you have space around you. I felt very safe the whole time.
This is definitely one of the best thing you can do in London. The fact that it is free just makes of even better. We went there twice on two different days in the late afternoon after we've already visited other monuments. I just can't believe the art collection they have there. The old part of the museum where the modern paintings stand is very well organised. The new part with the old paintings from the 1200/1300s is not as well organised but you can still enjoy the artworks.
It is one of the places that I could always visit, all year round, every day, in the snow, in the rain, even if, to tell the truth, I know almost all of its works, apart from those of the special, temporary exhibitions.The National Gallery is full of great Italian and foreign artists.We have admired Raphael, Tintoretto, Titian, Vasari, Mantegna but also Van Gogh and Gaugain.Not to mention the many English artists.One remains breathless for hours in front of so much beauty.Admission is free, the museum deserves more than one visit.We like also its cafeteria!Highly recommended.
You must visit the National Gallery. Having been abroad to other nations galleries and museums, you have to pay a fee to get in, not the case with British Museum's. The collection of the art and the history on the walls are a fantastic way of getting in touch of the bygone eras. The rooms, the staff and the layout are all helpful and brilliant.
This was my second visit this year(1st one in July).I love visiting but on ths occasion I was a little disappointed.Here are the reasons why;1)You have to arrive fifteen minutes before your time slot,on Friday 4th December it was very cold and raining,so you coat gets wet and then once inside there is no cloak room!not a great start!2)You cant have a break to get a drink/lunch,although some of the staff say you can!after two hours I wanted to have lunch,one staff member told me this was ok and said he would look out for me to let me back in.This didnt happen,another staff member(more senior) tried to stop me and said I wasnt allowed to return to the gallery and treated me like a naughty school for attempting to do so!I know there are covid rules in place but this was ridiculous! Iwas allowed back in(i had to be escorted back in!) I spoke to a more helpful staff member who informed me that most people only stay in the gallery for 2 hours and that I am a rare breed who wants to take her time!She advised me to book 2 slots if I want to return in the future,Ithink I will wait until things are back to normal!and visit when I want without these awful restrictions.You even have to choose the route you want to take otherwise you can miss the art you actually came to see!They should tell you that when you arrive,the staff should be adequately trained to give out the right information!This is the longest review I have written!but feel people need to know what to expect!
It’s a while since we’ve been to the National Gallery and our first visit with the Covid measures in place.There are 3 routes for the free collection (free ticket needs to be booked online). Everybody does A and you can then choose B or C. On arrival you are directed to the left queue if you have tickets for a paid exhibition and the right for the free collection. Both moved quickly once let forward. The time given for each route is the minimum and you can go more slowly, though sitting and sketching appears to be discouraged - understandable as they need to limit numbers in the building at any one time to be sure those inside will be able to maintain social distancing. Inside there is a one way system - clearly signed on entry to each room. It was explained on entering route A that you went to the end, followed the one way system round and then did the second aisle. Good to see the collection with less people, though it might be necessary to hold back temporarily at some pictures. There were quite a few loans / new acquisitions. We heard a number of staff telling people which rooms certain pictures were in and how to get there on the one way system so if you want to see a particular picture do ask on your way in. Staff were all polite and helpful, though understandably they sometimes had to stop people going where they wanted as it was against the one way system.
We were pleased to be able to see some art after many months without a visit to a gallery. The Titian exhibition was very good and was well organised from the Covid perspective at the arrival point, although inside not all visitors are quite so good at maintaining social distance as you might hope. The instructions are clear though and fortunately with limited numbers it is fairly easy to find space to avoid those individuals.
Pre-booking a time slot was the way to my heart and this proved to be a fantastic way to see the incredible works of art. Three different routes around the gallery ensured that you didn’t miss anything (unless you wanted to!). Face coverings were required, but some people seemed to have rejected them by the time it got to the Impressionists. However, it was great to be able to feel safe - and there still weren’t too many people.
This was a lovely way to return to visiting galleries post lockdown.I was very pleased when The National Gallery reopened and booked an open visit-something which now needs to done.The organisation is excellent- well done to the director and staff!The queue is not long, and everyone was able to enter at their allotted time. There is a choice of three routes to follow.I chose Route B, which includes the Flemish/Dutch Old Masters and The Impressionists- both favourites of mine. The route is clearly marked and the lack of crowding makes it so much easier to view the works clearly and at leisure.The staff are helpful and the whole experience is calm and relaxed.I have already booked to visit the Titian exhibition next monthAll in all, a perfect return to London's wonderful art world!
Definitely a must see if you're visiting London. So many great works of art are located here and all are available for a donation. Allow yourself a minimum of 3 hours to go through the museum to really enjoy what it offers. You will see amazing works of art from the masters.
There's something for everyone here and because entry is essentially free (donations gratefully accepted) , one can spend a short time viewing selective paintings of interest within an hour. We aimed for Sunflowers by Van Gogh and Ballet dancers by Degas. A very enjoyable experience.
We are indeed fortunate in London to have the National Gallery with its world-class art collections and programme of international exhibitions, which have moved on-line in the current environment. On of the joys, not to be missed, are the smaller exhibitions, often of more contemporary or modern work, complementing the main collections. Earlier in the year, one such exhibition was of paintings and studies by the young David Bomberg alongside paintings he admired and was inspired by in the National Gallery.One was so controversial in its day – a study of Canadian tunnellers as a First World War memorial – that is was rejected as an ‘abortion’ by the Canadians’ art advisor. You can understand why – it must have been challenging at the time; today we can admire the energy, power and darkness that Bomberg created in the work.Not only a link into the collections of the National Gallery itself, but also to other galleries in London which display Bomberg's work.
Truly one of the world’s great art collections. This is a museum to be enjoyed slowly. Too many people rush through and miss some of the greatest treasures - including signature works by Rembrandt, da Vinci, Vermeer, Raphael, and Turner (among others). Their dining rooms are a great place for a meal or snack.
I absolutely loved it. The on-site guides are knowledgeable and kind. I appreciated how they suggested additional works of art based on my particular interests. It was well worth my time to visit. There is so much material on the free access floors, but I would gladly make a donation on a regular basis or pay for the special exhibits. The description of the paintings was much more robust and engaging than other museums I visited.
I was here on last Sunday. It was a wonderful experience I saw many beautiful paintings. There was a huge variety of artists and the Gallery is huge. Spent a few hours here to try to appreciate and see everything I highly recommend going here
The National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery have a vast collection of portrais from all the best and most brilliant painters of all time. While you walk around the contless rooms displaying masterpieces you probably have never seen before, except in art books, you learn also a lot of the context, the history behind what you are seen. To visit the National Gallery is a must see for art lovers.
If you love paintings then you would love this place and you could quite easily spend 2-3 hours. The paintings are absolutely mesmerising and appealing to all ages. The Gallery encourage School trips and run exciting workshops.
With a wonderful selection of art, right in the centre of London, the National Gallery remains one of the best places to visit on London.The special exhibition seem to be fairly expensive BUT are beautifully presented and worth the money.A must see in London
Not many cities can offer a selection of masterpieces completely free.. So take advantage of this opportunity and visit the NG! Since entrance is free you don’t have to spend hours inside just to get your money’s worth: pop in to see some paintings, and maybe come back another day and look at another section. Italian masters are fantastic, great Turners and Constables and an impressive collection of Impressionist paintings! A good tip for quality gifts is the museum shop, it offers such a variety of items you wish you’d been there before buying all your souvenirs!
One of the greatest collections in the world. An incredible array of painters by all of the European masters. DaVinci, Rubens, van Dyke, Rembrandt, Constable, Turner, Canaletto, Raphael. But my first reason for going is always to spend time in the impressionist galleries. I think this diverse collection and the beautiful galleries/building that houses it are a must see for any art lover, but also a wonderful way to experience a gallery for the first time. With free admission to the public every day and the central location of the gallery (hundreds of feet from the actual center of London) at the north edge of Trafalgar Square, it would be a shame not to go inside an experience even a small part of what the collection has to offer.
National Gallery is one of my regulars galleries to visit in London. It is massively big with stunning art collection. the location is also convince in central London near Waterloo, Leicester Square and Piccadilly circus. I like Impressionist and Post Impressionist rooms and often rest at the cafeteria after a couple of hours visit.
This is such a beautiful space. The works are wonderful - as you tend to get with national collections - but the gallery is just put together in such a gorgeous way. I always love visiting.£5 for the audio tour Photography is allowed but as usual, no flashes or tripods.
this is an amazing museum which has some truly exceptional pieces of art from the prerenaissance through the impressionists. The Titian exhibit was closed due to preparations for new exhibit. Pieces by Botticelli, Raphael, Rembrandt, Van Gough, Monet to name a few. Entrance donation is 10 pounds, and the audio tour is a must unless you already know it all or simply have no interest. You need at least 4 hours to do it justice.
On a seriously wet and windy Sunday, there's no better place to go, although a lot of people had the same idea. It's a warren of rooms with amazing art to lose yourself in from Rubens to Titian to Constable to Seurat. My favourite room, always crowded, is the one with all the impressionist art. The cafe has excellent service and wonderful food at a reasonable price. Too much to take it all in one visit but a place to return to many times. It's actually, a great place to visit, no matter the weather.
Visited many times, usually to see a specific exhibition, but there are also talks of interest often relating to the current exhibitions. Loads of galleries showing art from different eras and a lot are free. Once you've been here you will probably want to return.
Having only become vaguely interested in art in the last year or so (I am early fifties) I had never visited before but my wife and I had a wonderful 2-3 hours walking around fairly haphazardly and thoroughly enjoying this time.How privileged we are to be able to enjoy such fine art for free (donations welcomed). We will definitely go back but maybe with more of a plan as there is so much to enjoy. Worth noting it is open later (9pm) on a Friday.
Another fabulous free gallery in London that is definitely worth a visit! Escape the bustle of Trafalgar Square and enter an oasis of calm and beautiful paintings for the afternoon! My daughter recently studied art history in high school so this was a must-see on our list as she adored The Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck. What's nice is there is a range of time periods represented so you can view Medieval Art, Renaissance up through the Impressionists (Monet, Van Gogh, etc). so there is something for everyone! The gallery walls are painted in deep, dark colors so the paintings really pop out - a visual delight!
I have just come home from seeing the excellent Leonardo da Vinci exhibition which was cleverly laid out. A real insight into his work which was an altar piece but the demonstrative methods of explanation and history were stunning. We are members and so the £20 entry cost was not applicable to us but that is VERY expensive for a one-off, particularly as it is a piece of art they already own anyway.
One of the best art galleries in the world. Full stop, period, end of discussion. The Monets, Van Goughs and Rembrandts always draw a crowd, but whatever floats your boat is at the National Gallery. From 13th century Medieval art up to the Impressionists leading into the 20th century, it’s on display at “the National.”Good to know: Allow a couple of hours or more on your visit.Good to know: Admission is free although they request donations. Rightfully so.If you found any part of this review helpful please hit the “Thanks” button below, and my thanks to you in return!
A beautiful place to fulfill your love for arts. There is also wonderful vibes around, music, very friendly turist and locals, There so many things happening at the same time outside the gallery. That Is definitely a place that you should visit. I loved it.
The exhibition focuses on one famous painting "The Virgin of the Rocks" and is quite interesting.I would allow about 30 minutes for the viewing.The entrance fee of £20.00 plus can not in my opinion be justified for this exhibition.
I happily went along to see artist 'Leonardo da Vinci' show, as a guest of a member of the National Gallery, expecting to be blown away.When we entered the 1st room, what we saw was two enlarged digital images of landscapes, one either side of the room.These images had been blown-up to act as a backdrop, both you had to see through a wall made-up of open ended small metal squares, some of the squares had Leonardo's typed thoughts on paper. Neither of us were impressed .The second room we entered, had 3 light boxes with various objects in, all three had 4 gig sticks - that you had to move manually up or down to change the different shades of lighting, and a forth image was on a wall, this time you moved a semi circular light controller on a plinth. Yet another disappointing visual and manual activityThe 3rd room, was meant to refelt the artist studio, with all the paraphernalia and the image, one that automatically changed from outline digital canvas, colouring in the artwork, for my money, little more effort could have been done to create the studio atmosphere, by adding some candelabra, fake or otherwise, instead the were angle poised lamps, yet another damp squidFinally the forth room, was the saving grace of the whole exhibition, with the artist Leonardo da Vinci second version of 'The Virgin of the Rocks' oil on poplar, that it is said was probably made to replace one (now in the Louvre, Paris) that Leonardo sold because the confraternity refused to pay him adequatley for it. A true masterpiece and this left me feeling, the concept was good but the implementation lack imagination
This Gallery is entitled to keep its name because it has the most seminal and magnificant and historically significant paintings of the British Isles, housed in these wonderful buildings in the centre of the capital city. It repays countless visits. I used to visit it as a student, and am delighted to find that half a century later it still can produce the authentic shivers of a true work of art.
Some great works of art here, lots of recognisable pieces and lots of new things to be discovered every time you visit. Free entry (donations recommended) mean it is accessible to everyone to visit.Friday evening late sessions are particularly enjoyable!
Our third visit and we are always amazed at what we discover in this beautiful museum. We toured the renaissance and medieval galleries and spent several hours viewing the many religious themed paintings. Totally worth the time and would return again.
I always love popping into the National Gallery or National Portrait Gallery next door, when I'm in the area. They are big enough to handle the crowds of tourists so that you won't really feel them. The exhibitions are extraordinarily well-curated and worth checking out.
The National Gallery is probably my favourite museum in London.The collection is wide and various, everyone can find something interesting related to the pictorial side of art, because almost seven centuries are covered.I usually visit it for a really short time: the collection is huge and takes several hours, so it's better to take some time to admire just few artists and come back the day after with some more attention.It is completely free of charge for the permanent collection, so it's the best place to be when outside is too cold and you need some time to think about the beauty of the world.
Undoubtably contains a trove of great art. With all large museums though it can be a little overwhelming especially if you are familiar with the history or the range of artists. I would suggest planning your visit before you come so you dont get overwhelmed.
I have been wanting to go here for ages but just couldn't get anyone who has an interest in art to join me. So, this holiday it was my call. We are going to the gallery and that's that and off we went.The National Gallery is just so worth while! At long last I saw sooo many of the pictures that up until now I had only seen in encylopaedias, magazines and text books. Some were much better in real life and some weren't. Overall it was just awesome.You need to be ready for crowds in the impressionists rooms especially where van Gogh's Sunflowers is to be seen. There is a permanent buzz around it.I am visiting from a country that is globally renowned as "high risk" at best, I was absolutely stunned to see how close a person can get to the artworks that are so fabulously valuable. It's just soooo crazy! I was unable to suppress a suspicion that I might probably be looking at copies of the famous artworks. There is just no way you would get this opportunity in South Africa.Guys and girls, with times and events changing as they currently are, I would get myself down to the National Gallery asap before someone makes a decision that maybe this treasure belongs under lock and key in a vault because that shameful day is coming sooner or later.
My son loves art and we spent hours and hours going thru the art collection, where my son was telling me all about Titian, and the various Venetian artists, how styles of painting have evolved in different eras and how painters as unique as one may be also copied styles from other artists... the gallery was just perfect for him, we spent hours. I wanted to rush to the famous Van Gogh, Monet and Rembrandt paintings... but we instead we walked our way through each time period. For art lovers, feast your eyes. And for those who just want to click and post a picture of the art... oh well, the museum is free :)
We spent an hour touring the National Gallery. Just right for us, Beautiful works of art with enough descriptions around the framed pieces to give us background on what we were seeing. We spontaneously chose to pop in for a post-theater and pre-dinner viewing of the art during the festive December holiday season.
We spent an afternoon here... it's a beautiful, world-class gallery with examples of all classic periods and styles, from the 13th Century to the 20th. Most of our favorite artists represented including Rembrandt, Pissarro, George Saurat, Picasso, Klempt, Monet, etc. Well worth the four hours spent. Also joined a free one-hour tour/lecture provided by the gallery. Very informative... I only wish it had been longer!
After having visited London several times over the last 25 years i finally manged to visit the National Gallery. What a treasure and and unbelievably free. Great layout, easy to navigate and if you know what you want to see you can access those rooms with ease. Yes there's a scrum at Sunflowers but be patient and you will be rewarded. Brilliant selection of the impressionists and Italian masters. An absolute must for art lovers
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