United Kingdom

The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square

Phone: +44 (0) 20 7747 2885
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7747 2423

National Gallery

The National Gallery houses some of the most famous and familiar paintings in the world, in a building that is an internationally recognised landmark. The pictures in the collection date from about 1250 to 1900 and consist of over 2,300 masterpieces by Western European artists including Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Titian, van Eyck, Holbein, Goya, Rembrandt, Turner, Constable, Renoir, van Gogh, Degas, and Picasso.

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Permanent Collection

The National Gallery, London houses one of the greatest collections of European painting in the world. These pictures belong to the public and entrance to see them is free.


Pompeo Batoni (1708-1787)
20 February - 18 May 2008
Sainsbury Wing
Admission charge

Alison Watt: Phantom
12 March - 22 June 2008
Sainsbury Wing
Admission free

Previous Exhibitions

Fourth Plinth
8 January - 30 March 2008
Admission free

Line of Vision: Modern Monuments
15 January - 30 March
Admission free

Landscape Oil Sketch
15 December 2007 - 6 April 2008
Admission free

Forthcoming exhibitions

Take One Picture: an exhibition of work by primary schools
28 April - 13 July 2008
Admission free

Radical Light: Italy's Divisionist Painters 1891-1910
18 June - 7 September 2008
Admission charge

24 July - 5 October 2008
Admission free

Renaissance Faces: Van Eyck to Titian
15 October 2008 - 18 January 2009
Admission charge

Sisley in England and Wales
12 November 2008 - 15 February 2009
Admission free


Free (admission charges may apply for special exhibitions)

Opening hours

Daily 10am-6pm
Wednesday 10am-9pm

Getting there

Charing Cross: Northern and Bakerloo Lines (nearest to the Getty Entrance).
Leicester Square: Northern and Piccadilly Lines (nearest to the Getty and Education Centre Entrances).
Embankment: Northern, Bakerloo, District and Circle Lines (nearest to the Getty Entrance).

The nearest Underground station with a lift is Westminster on the Jubilee, District and Circle Lines.

Buses around Trafalgar Square: 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 23, 24, 29, 53, 77A, 88, 91, 139, 159, 176, 453.
(Many buses are adapted for wheelchair users)

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Self-Guided Group Visits
The National Gallery also welcomes visits from self-guided groups.
We would like your group visit to be as pleasant and rewarding as possible. In order for us to be better prepared for your visit, we ask that self-guided groups are arranged in advance, as the Gallery's popularity means that it can sometimes become overcrowded and congested.

We welcome all groups, but please be aware that those groups that have made advance arrangements will take priority on the day.


School Groups
The National Gallery can offer schools and colleges a large team of skilled Gallery teachers to help students and their teachers explore the collection. For more information on school group visits, see


You can organise a tailor-made tour or learning session for any group of between 10 and 25 adults.
We cater for a variety of groups, from businesses to book clubs, and friends who've arranged a private tour for a special occasion.
For many educational groups (including U3A, WEA, ESOL students and others involved in higher or further education), this is now a free service.


Membership: At present the National Gallery does not operate a friends scheme. However, we have often considered establishing one and the policy is currently under review. Entrance to the Gallery, to the majority of exhibitions and events and most services including lunchtime lectures and our extensive education programme is free and so we feel that we have little to offer such a group at present. However, the Gallery is keen to let people know about its wider programme of activities, and you can subscribe to our mailing list or e-news to receive information on all the Gallery's activities and events.


For more information about the benefits of exhibition sponsorship or Corporate Membership please contact the Development Office on 020 7747 5871.

Venue hire

Entertaining at the Gallery is a privilege reserved for those organisations who provide the Gallery with significant support. If you would like to know more about holding an event here then please telephone the Gallery's Events team on 0207 747 5874.