The National Gallery owes its creation to King George IV, who wanted to create an art museum in London on a par with the Louvre. Today, it is one of the largest galleries in the world with an exhibition fund of more than 2000 paintings.
With its classical façade adorning the north side of Trafalgar Square in London, the National Gallery of the United Kingdom has one of the largest collections of Western paintings in the world.
The works on display at the National Gallery cover the 13th and 19th centuries in Western Europe. Here you will see works by Botticelli, Titian, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rubens, Rembrandt, Turner, Renoir, Van Gogh and, of course, great English artists such as Gainsborough and Turner. As well as seeing paintings, you can listen to lectures on art, which take place regularly in the gallery, and attend drawing classes.
It will take you an hour to 2 hours to get an overview of all the paintings. And how to familiarize yourself with the exhibition, you need at least half a day. Although you don’t have to wait in line for tickets, we recommend that you plan your visit in the morning to avoid an influx of visitors.
The gallery has a café and bar where you can dine or relax after your visit. The gift shop sells high quality prints of all the paintings on display in the gallery.
Every day from 10am to 6pm. Fridays from 10:00 to 21:00. It is closed on 1 January and between 24 and 26 December. Last admission at 5:55 p.m.
How to get to the National Gallery
The address of the museum is as follows: Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN. The nearest tube station is Charing Cross and Leicester Square. There are also several buses to the Centre.