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National Portrait Gallery
St Martin’s Place
London WC2H 0HE
TfL Fare Zone 1
 
The National Portrait Gallery (NPG) was founded in 1856 to collect portraits of famous British men and women. Now there are over 200,000 portraits from the 16th Century to the present day to explore.
 
Portraits can be viewed by period, room, theme or glossary of art terms, and people associated with places or grouped together in family trees.
 
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Visitors can participate in art classes, painting and photography workshops, lunchtime lectures and talks. For further information go to Web: NPG Workshops and Talks
 
The Gallery is situated to the rear of the National Gallery on St Martin’s Place
 
Plan Your Visit
Disabled Access
The Gallery is totally accessible to disabled visitors. There are ramped entrances for wheelchair visitors at the Orange Street and Gift Shop entrances on St Martin’s Place. For further accessibility information go to Web: National Portrait Gallery/ Accessibility
 
Admission Costs
General admission to the Gallery is Free, however some major exhibitions attract an admission cost.
 
Opening Hours
The Gallery is open all year, except 24 to 27 December.
Daily  10:00  18:00
Thursday/Friday  10:00  21:00 
(Gallery closing commences ten minutes prior to the above closing times)
 
Refreshments
The NPG has food venues to suit just about every visitor. All the refreshment venues are located on Floor 3.
 
- Portrait Restaurant
The acclaimed Portrait Restuarant has an exquisite menu as well as superb views over London stretching from Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square down Whitehall 
 
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- The Portrait Bar
The Bar is located within the Portrait Restuarant, it is open late until 22:00 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
 
- Portrait Cafe
The Cafe serves light meals, cakes & pastries as well as coffee. 
 
For full details of the Portrait Restuarant , Portrait Bar and Portrait Cafe go to Web: National Portrait Gallery/ Opening Hours
 
Book & Gift Shops
The NPG Shop has prints, books, jewellery, greeting and post cards among a myriad of items available for the visitor to purchase. Web:  NPG Book & Gift Shops
 
Contact & Further Information
Telephone  +42 (0)2073 060 055
 
Getting There
To find the best way for getting to the National Portrait Gallery, visit the TfL Journey Planner.
 
- By Underground
Charing Cross Station Northern and Bakerloo Lines
Embankment Station Circle, District, Northern and Bakerloo Lines
 
- By Mainline Rail
Charing Cross Station National Rail 
 
- By Bus
Bus numbers: 24, 29 & 176  
 
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