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National Portrait Gallery

  • London
  • Indoor
  • Ages 4+
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Attraction Information

At the National Portrait Gallery explore an incredible 200,000 portraits crafted between the 16th Century and the present day in a wide variety of different and intriguing mediums. These include (but are not limited to) drawings, miniatures, negatives, paintings, photographs, prints, sculptures and much more! It's an inspiring stop for curious minds of all ages but especially so for those with an artistic bent.

Should you be taking youngsters it's worth noting that there aren't really provisions for buggy storage, they have lockers but nothing larger than 45x30x45cm will be stored, so well worth leaving the kit and caboodle in the car and trekking it out either on foot or, for the little ones, in a kiddie backpack!

Regular events and activities on offer include drop in Sunday Sessions to re bookable Art workshops. On offer are activities from hands-on activities including drawing and painting to full multi media animation, so there are plenty of things to keep small fingers, as well as all eyes, busy and on topic.

Primary, Photographic and Reference Collections all have something individual to offer the art lover too, depending on age and how in depth you want to experience things! However repeat visits are just as intriguing as they also feature a wide range of varying temporary and special exhibits: almost always programmed to families this seasonal range helps add fresh interest to old grounds as they revel in the great and glorious through the surreal and super modern.

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Opening hours

Saturday to Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00

Thursday to Friday 10:00 - 21:00

Last Entry

45 minutes before attraction closes


Free admission

Travel & Contact Information


St Martins Place, London, Greater London, WC2H 0HE, England

Phone number

020 7306 0055



Click here to visit National Portrait Gallery's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking nearby.

A public car park is located on the corner of Whitcomb Street and Orange Street.

Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

National Portrait Gallery has not told us if you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant and snacks are available.

Yes, National Portrait Gallery is wheelchair friendly and has accessible toilets.

No, National Portrait Gallery have stated they are not pushchair friendly.

Assistance/Guide Dogs only.

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