National Gallery, London, England

The National Gallery seen from Trafalgar Square, London, England

The National Gallery seen from Trafalgar Square. Free entry.
The National Portrait Gallery is in the same building but with an entrance around to the right.

Visiting London’s National Gallery

The National Gallery, lobby area, London, England

The entrance hall.

The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square houses over 2, 000 of the world’s best pictures dating roughly from Europe’s Renaissance to the Impressionist periods (1300-1900).

If this style of historic art in a fairly formal context rings your bell then come on in.

The National Gallery mosaic tile floor, London, England

Part of the Gallery’s entrance.

The Top Ten paintings in the National Gallery

The National Gallery, a typical smaller, new room, London, England

A newer, less inviting room but illuminated by the enigmatic Ambassadors picture at the far end with its scientific instruments, broken lute string and distorted skull image.

Virgin and Child with St Anne and St John the Baptist by Leonardo da Vinci

The Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck

The Ambassadors by Hans Holbein (see below)

The Wilton Diptych; The Rokeby Venus by Diego Velazquez

Mystic Nativity by Sandro Botticelli

Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh

A Young Woman standing at a Virginal by Jan Vermeer

A Woman Bathing in a Stream by Rembrandt

Bathers at Grenouilliere by Claude Monet.

The National Gallery does not permit photography.

However, we did take a couple of snaps to give you a hint as to the surroundings.

The National Gallery, a typical room, London, England

A typical early, grand and decorative space.

The National Gallery, profane love mosaic tile floor, London, England

Profane Love is the name of this game (Puppy love and Narcissism) in what must have been an outrageous mosaic for its time.

The National Gallery terrace view of Trafalgar Square, London

The view over Trafalgar Square from the gallery terrace.

The National Gallery’s choice of 30 highlight paintings.

Opening Hours

National Gallery Opening Hours: 10. 00 to 18. 00 daily, Fridays 10. 00 to 21. 00 except 24-26 December and January 1st. Sundays are Family days with different activities aimed at under 5s, 5-11s, kids in general etc.
Address: Trafalgar Square
London WC2N 5DN
Tel: +44 (0)20 7887 8888

Free to Enter though special exhibitions may cost extra.

Getting to National Gallery/National Portrait Gallery

– Boat. Get a ferry to Embankment Pier and walk through Charing Cross station.

Tube. The nearest Underground stations are Leicester Square at 200m or Charing Cross at 250m.

– Buses. Practically every bus in London seems to go past Trafalgar Square, but the nearest to the galleries are 24, 29, 176.

– Cycles. There are several docking spaces for Rental Bicycles  nearby, in St Martin’s Street, Orange Place, St Martin’s Place and Leicester Square.

– Cars. Not recommended.