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London National Gallery
London National Gallery

London National Gallery

Free admission
Daily 10am-6pm (Fridays until 9pm)
Trafalgar Square, London, England, WC2N 5DN

The Basics

The National Gallery is a popular London attraction, with hop-on, hop-off bus tours stopping right outside. Visitors to the museum can explore independently or opt for a private tour with an art historian guide. Alternatively, you can purchase a London Pass and enjoy entrance to the National Gallery and a host of other London museums and attractions.

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British Museum & National Gallery of London Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max
British Museum & National Gallery of London Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max
$163.43 per adult
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Had a little hiccup as the meeting...
Had a little hiccup as the meeting place had changed but we did not receive any notice from Viator. The guide made it to where we were and we started the tour as our small group turned out just to be my wife and I. I cannot say enough good things about our guide John from Babylon. He was fun, very knowledgeable and so well prepared. I would highly recommend this tour.
Jonathan B, Jun 2017

Recent reviews from experiences in London

Excellent and engaging tour
Ayla_C, Jan 2022
Private Guided Tour of The National Gallery, London - 3 hour
I bought this tour for my boyfriend as his Xmas gift. Robert, our guide, had a wealth of knowledge regarding art and art history. He was personable and polite and knew the gallery so well we didn’t have to think of anything for ourselves.We were both absolutely transfixed, learnt lots and loved every minute of it. We will be booking with a Robert again .
Knowledgeable Gifted Guide
Debra_P, Nov 2021
Private Guided Tour of The National Gallery, London - 3 hour
Robert our guide was very knowledgeable and gifted in his description of the pictures he pre selected from the entire collection to showcase to us. It was so inspiring to hear the history of the pictures and their artists. Made we want to study art history! Thank you Robert from my entire family! You definitely have calling.
Winter tour
James_S, Dec 2019
Private Tour, Highlights of The National Gallery, popular with families
Our guide was knowledgeable and attentive and I enjoyed the tour. I highly recommend a guide the first time touring the National Gallery.
Great experience.
slancas199, May 2019
The National Gallery of London Guided Museum Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max
Really enjoyed it. Our guide took us through the evolution of civilization. He was very knowledgeable. Gave us a much needed break to sit for a few minutes.
Highly recommended!!
Heena_L, Jan 2020
Kid-Friendly National Gallery Tour in London with Exclusive Guide
We booked the kid friendly national gallery tour, for two adults and 2 boys aged 9 and 11 years old. Roberta was our guide, and was completely engaging from the moment we met. The boys were kept interested the whole way through, with tasks of finding objects in the paintings or remembering certain facts that they were told. Myself and my husband learnt so much too. Roberta was very knowledgable and well educated (history of art degree, I think!). We learnt not just about the particular pieces of art and the relevant artists, but also about the more technical aspects of painting. Can’t recommend enough, and would happily take the tour again, as there is so much to see at this wonderful gallery.
Outstanding highlights tour
Andrei_C, Oct 2019
British Museum & National Gallery of London Guided Combo Tour - Private Tour
The tour was very thoughtfully organized with detailed information about the meeting point, the guide's name and phone number, check-in details. Our guide Danielle was excellent - very knowledgeable, friendly and effective at managing our small group and helping us assemble at the most advantageous viewing points or each exhibit. Danielle was very eloquent at explaining why she wanted to draw the group's attention to each individual artefact and provided facts to capture imagination. Overall, an excellent tour! Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a thoughtful introduction to the two museums.
OUTSTANDING!!! Highly recommend!
Ian_H, Jul 2018
British Museum & National Gallery of London Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max
Our guide Craig was terrific! Let's face it, there's so much to see at both of these places that the key for the first-time/short-term visitor is knowing where to go quickly, and to avoid wasting time trying to navigate from a map/book. Our guide got us to all the best spots ahead of the hordes, and provided an amazing wealth of knowledge and insights at both the BM and the NG. He'd actually worked at the Museum, and gave us some fantastic inside information on the inner workings that made our tour that much more special and memorable. Incredible collections, and well worth the reasonable price!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Entrance to the museum is free, but guided tours include a level of personalization and ensure you see all the top exhibits.

  • Visitor facilities include restrooms, a coat check, a gift shop, a café, and a restaurant.

  • The National Gallery is wheelchair accessible—lifts and ramps are available on all floors.

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How to Get There

The National Gallery is located on Trafalgar Square in Central London, an easy walk from Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden, or the Thames riverfront. The closest tube station is Charing Cross.

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When to Get There

The National Gallery is open year-round but can get crowded during peak summer months, when it’s best to arrive early and opt for a weekday visit if possible. The site is open daily from 10am to 6pm, with extended hours until 9pm on Fridays.

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The Masterpieces of the National Gallery

The museum’s permanent collection includes over 2,300 paintings, dating from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. It includes pieces from iconic artists such as Monet, Van Gogh, da Vinci, Holbein, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Ruben, and Van Eyck.

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