Scottish National Gallery
“A major part of Scotland’s national collection of fine art” - AA Inspector
The Scottish National Gallery is made up of three interconnected buildings right in the heart of Edinburgh. The Gallery is home to a major part of Scotland's national collection of fine art; the Academy is one of Europe's premier venues for international exhibitions; and the Gardens Entrance, which lies beneath the two buildings, connects them together and contains areas for shops, education and eating.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking nearby
- Fully accessible
- Facilities: Ramps, lift
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, daily 10-5 (Thu until 7); 1 Jan 12-5. Closed 25-26 Dec
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About the area
Edinburgh is one of Britain’s most spectacular cities and both Old and New Towns have UNESCO World Heritage status. At its heart, the Old Town is a treasury of architecture stretching back to medieval times with its labyrinth of narrow lanes (‘wynds’ or ‘closes’). While the New Town's splendid district of squares, crescents and gardens are surrounded by impressive Georgian town houses.
It isn’t just a magnificent, bustling city, it’s surrounded by countryside – offering visitors the best of both worlds. Dominated by hills and the sea, with the rolling Pentland Hills to the south and the broad expanse of the Firth of Forth estuary to the north, it benefits from a rugged and varied landscape. So much so, the city has its own miniature mountain, Arthur’s Seat, which looms over the Old Town and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, dwarfing even Castle Rock and its crowning fortress, Edinburgh Castle.
A couple of miles east, Portobello is Edinburgh’s seaside area, with a long stretch of golden sand that attracts droves of city dwellers on sunny summer days.
Places to Stay
Rose St is part of the patchwork of atmospheric alleys, squares and gardens that make up Edinburgh’s New Town. With a vibrant arts scene, style-conscious shopping and a long stretch of buzzing drinking dens, lively Rose St is one of the most flocked...
Restaurants and Pubs
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