The National Gallery


The National Gallery houses the national collection of Western European painting from around 1250 onwards. It includes masterpieces by many great European artists.

Activities for children

  • Art Workshops for 5-11’s – free hands-on art workshops at 11am, repeated 2pm every Sunday
  • Magic Carpet Storytelling for Under-5’s – fly away on the magic carpet as it comes to land in front of a different painting each Sunday at 10.30am and 11.30am

The National Gallery
Trafalgar Square
London WC2N 5DN

Opening Hours
Daily 10am-6pm
Friday 10am-9pm
Closed all day 1 January and 24-26 December

Getting there

By train
Charing Cross Station (nearest to the Getty Entrance)

By tube
Charing Cross: Northern and Bakerloo Lines (nearest to the Getty Entrance)
Leicester Square: Northern and Piccadilly Lines (nearest to the Getty and Education Centre Entrances)
Embankment: Northern, Bakerloo, District and Circle Lines (nearest to the Getty Entrance)

The nearest Underground station with a lift is Westminster on the Jubilee, District and Circle Lines

By bus
Buses around Trafalgar Square: 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 23, 24, 29, 53, 77A, 88, 91, 139, 159, 176, 453.

The Sainsbury Wing Entrance has level access from Trafalgar Square with wide swing doors, one internal automatic door and two revolving doors. There are large lifts with low-level controls giving access to Level 2. This entrance is most convenient for taxis and set down and pick up, and closest to the parking bays.

The Getty Entrance has level access from Trafalgar Square. Automatic doors, internal steps and a platform lift give access to Level 0 where there are café, shop, visitor facilities, information and Audio Guide Desks, and a large lift with low-level controls up to the paintings on Level 2.

The Main Portico Entrance gives direct access from Trafalgar Square to the heart of the building and provides an elegant route to the main staircase and the galleries on Level 2. There are two information desks, and visitor facilities, including toilets and cloakrooms, are situated close by. The Portico Entrance is the only entrance/exit with no level access.

Education Centre Entrance, Orange Street is close to the reserved parking space in Orange Street. This is a level-access entrance on Level 1 with swing doors and lifts to other Levels. This entrance is used by many school groups and can be crowded and noisy.

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