National Portrait Gallery

Type:Museums & Galleries

St. Martin's Place, London, London, WC2H 0HE

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The National Portrait Gallery is home to the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. It is a Gallery for everyone, full of life and filled with life stories. The Gallery is accessible and inclusive to all, and entry to the Collection is free. 

Founded in 1856, the National Portrait Gallery tells the story of Britain through portraits, using art to bring history to life and explore living today. From global icons to unsung heroes, the Collection spans six centuries and is filled with the stories that have shaped, and continue to shape, a nation.  

Throughout the year, the Gallery also has an exciting programme of must-see exhibitions. Encounter some of the world’s greatest artists as well as the very best in contemporary art through a variety of free and ticketed exhibitions. 

The National Portrait Gallery is a place to look, learn, question, listen, eat, drink, meet, play, and join. The Gallery is committed to the accessibility of its buildings, exhibitions, services, and programmes for visitors. 



  • Accessible Lift
  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Autism Friendly
  • Changing Places Toilet
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors
  • Facility for service dogs
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors
  • Wheelchairs available


  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering
  • Restaurant

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing facilities

Establishment Features

  • Lockers available
  • Public toilets
  • Shop
  • Wireless internet (WiFi) connection available

Key Features

  • No Smoking Attraction

Payment Methods

  • Cash Accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Groups Accepted

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted

Travel & Trade

  • Group Discount

Map & Directions

Road Directions

There are a limited number of Blue Badge parking bays close to the Gallery: Find the nearest Blue Badge Bay

Public Transport Directions

The closest tube stations to The National Portrait Gallery are Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly lines), Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo and Piccadilly lines) and Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern lines). The closest train station is Charing Cross, located 320m from the Gallery. Alternatively, travel by bus to Trafalgar Square (our nearest bus stop is Bus Stop K/E).

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
Monday - Thursday10:30 - 18:00
Friday - Saturday10:30 - 21:00
Sunday10:30 - 18:00