The National Portrait Gallery is home to the largest collection of portraiture in the world featuring famous men and women who have contributed to British culture and history from the Middle Ages until the present day. Over 1000 portraits are on display across three floors from Henry VIII and Florence Nightingale to The Beatles and HM The Queen. If you want to rest your weary feet, visit the fabulous Portrait Restaurant on the top floor with roof-top views across London. Special events take place throughout the year, see website for details.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Fully accessible
- Facilities: Stair climber, touch tours, audio guide, print captions, lifts, ramp entrance, hearing loops
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, Mon-Wed and Sat-Sun 10-6, Thu-Fri 10-9. Closed 24-26 Dec. Gallery closure commences 10 mins prior to stated time
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About the area
The UK's capital was founded by the Romans shortly after they invaded in 43AD. Since then it’s evolved into one of the greatest cities on earth. From a bloody, squalid history to the vanguard of fashion in the Swinging 1960s to the buzzing metropolis it is today, London has something for everyone. There are very British pursuits like the Oxford and Cambridge boat race, changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and an impressive collection of traditional English pubs. And that’s not to mention world-renowned arts venues, galleries and museums, award-winning theatre and unrivalled shopping – all found within a few Tube stops of each other.
London’s royal history is not to be missed. Visitors can roam around one of Britain’s finest medieval castles and royal prison, and learn about the final days of Anne Boleyn at the Tower of London or, for the less bloodthirsty, visit the Queen’s London home, Buckingham Palace. Don’t miss out on exploring the capital’s Royal Parks – from St James’ Park and Hyde Park in the centre to the majestic Hampton Court and wilderness of Richmond Park in the southwest.
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