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The National Gallery
London WC2N 5DN
TfL Fare Zone1
The National Gallery is situated in the centre of London, overlooking Trafalgar Square. The Gallery has the best collection of Western European paintings in the world. The permanent collection dates from around 1250 onwards and contains over 1,000 paintings.
Amazingly, admission is FREE!
There is no better place to call in to if the weather is bad, or the light is failing on a winter’s day. With such an enormous collection there is always something new to see.
Guided Tours
There are paintings by all the famous artists. No matter if your preference is for formal medieval diptychs or misty Impressionists, they are all here. There are works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, Van Eyck, Holbein the Younger, Van Dyke, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Goya, Canaletto, Vermeer, Gainsborough, Stubbs, Hogarth, Turner, Constable, Monet, Van Gogh and Seurat.
There is something for all tastes.
The Gallery has an excellent selection of Audio Guides ranging from a quick tour to see the most famous paintings,  to a Beginner’s Guide. Guided Talks by Gallery Staff are also on offer.
The Gallery is totally up to date with technology and it is possible to download (from their website) an audio guide to your own personal MP3 player before visiting.
Special Exhibitions
As well as the free permanent collection the Gallery stages special exhibitions for which there is an entrance fee. These exhibitions usually present paintings on loan from other galleries around the world.
For more in depth information on what there is to see and the excellent facilities, go to Web:Visiting/ The National Gallery
Disabled Access
The Gallery offers a range of facilities to help visitors with disabilities to visit and explore. Please check out Web:The National Gallery/ Access
Opening Hours
The Gallery is open all year, except 24 to 26 December and 1 January.
Daily      10:00 – 18:00
Fridays   10:00 – 21:00
(Gallery closing commences prior to the above times)
Some areas of the Gallery are closed on Monday mornings until 11:00 hours for staff training
Admission Charge
Free – However charges do apply for special exhibitions
Contact & Further Information
Telephone  +44 (0)2077 472 885 (including Typetalk)
Mail  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Getting There
To find the best way for getting to The National Gallery, visit the TfL Journey Planner.
- By Underground
Charing Cross Station Northern and Bakerloo Lines
Leicester Square Station Northern and Piccadilly Lines
Embankment Station Northern, Bakerloo, District and Circle Lines
Westminster Station Jubilee, District and Circle Lines
Charing Cross Station
(Getty Entrance) – About 273 yards (250 metres) away
Leicester Square Station
(Getty and Education Centre Entrances) – About 219 yards (200 metres) away
Embankment Station
(Getty Entrance) About 547 yards (500 metres) away
Westminster Station
This is the nearest Underground station with a lift, however it is quite a distance to walk to The National Gallery.
- By Mainline Rail           
Charing Cross Station  (near the Getty Entrance)
- By Bus
Buses around Trafalgar Square: 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 23, 24, 29, 53, 77A, 88, 91, 139, 159, 176, 453.
- By Open Top Tour Bus
Do not forget that Visitors can use their 'Open Top' Tour Bus ticket to visit the Trafalgar Square Precinct.
- By Car
The National Gallery is in the London Congestion Charge zone Web: Congestion Charge There is little parking available so travelling by car is not a viable option.
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