Historic and celebrated
The National Gallery was born when the British Government purchased a private collection comprising 38 paintings in 1824. From thereon, the Gallery has grown to an impressive institution that not only has a permanent exhibit of over 2300 paintings but also plays a significant role in the art scene in London.
Admittedly, the collection is not as large as other comparable museums in Europe but it does cover a wide scope of paintings from 13th century to the 1900s. The paintings themselves are housed in spacious halls that are aimed at offering wide access to visitors and even a few benches for the art enthusiasts. Visitors can also enjoy the Gallery’s paintings via audio tours and themed trails.
The Gallery also offers visitors with dining options – National Dining Rooms, National Café and Espresso Bar. The Gallery’s three shops sell specialist books, art prints, stationery, jewellery and are a treasure trove for souvenirs.
- The Gallery conducts 60-minute guided tours every day at 11:30 am and 02:30 pm.