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National Gallery Visitor Information


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National Gallery - Highlights
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London

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The National Gallery has an incredibly large collection of Western European paintings from 1250 onwards.

The free floorplan (in six languages) available from the Information Desks has thumbnail images of 30 paintings considered to be the most well-known of the paintings on permanent display. These include:

Use ArtStart - the National Gallery's multimedia touch screen system - to plan your own personalized tour and print a free map.


In room 17, Level 2, there is a 17th century peepshow/perspective box by Samuel van Hoogstraten (1627-1678). Inside you can see the interior of a Dutch house through peepholes on two sides and it has a 3D effect. Fun for everyone.

Glass Roof

Rooms in the main building (not the Sainsbury Wing) have some stunning glass roofs. See rooms 35, 36, 37, 39, and 40.

Audio Guides

An audio highlights tour is available in six languages. This is free but a donation is suggested. Special tours for families are also available.

Free Guided Tours

Meet at the Information Desk in the Sainsbury Wing.
Daily at 11.30am and 2.30pm.
Check for more free events.

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