National Gallery

The national galleryA once private collection now enjoyed by all at no cost.

The National Gallery is home to more than 2300 works of Western European art dating from 1250 to 1900. It was founded in 1824 in a house in Pall Mall. As the collection grew, new premises needed to be built. The National Gallery at Trafalgar square was opened in 1838 by the Queen Victoria. The collection is organised chronologically and throughout the gallery you will come across many famous names such as Leonardo DaVinci, Peter Paul Rubens, Claude Monet and many more. The permanent collection can change from time to time as the paintings travel around the world to various exhibitions. The National Gallery also has a busy calendar throughout the year with many special exhibitions. There are shops and cafes throughout the gallery.

Tour Itinerary:

My highlights tour, lasting roughly 2 hours, will take us on a journey through time starting with one of the oldest paintings in the collection, from the 13th Century, we then travel onwards looking at how art developed through both painting techniques and the use of perspective.  We will enjoy about 15 paintings from some of Europe’s most renowned artists, whilst winding through one of the worlds foremost art collections.  As always, there is plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion as we admire the artwork.

Location:

The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN (closest Tube station Charing Cross)

Opening hours:

Saturday – Thursday 10am – 6pm; Friday 10am – 9pm

Entry Price:

Free admission; charge for special exhibitions