Paintings have inspired poets, cartoonists, photographers and even chefs - listen to them talking about their favourite National Gallery paintings. From intimate self-portraits and scenes of everyday life to landscapes with the bluest of skies. The Be Inspired Tour is sponsored by Expedia.co.uk.
Download the tour and take it to the Gallery on your MP3 player. You can ask for a map at the Audio Guide desks.
Be Inspired TourFrom shimmering seas to glorious sunflowers, the Be Inspired Tour will lead you to some of the best-loved paintings in the National Gallery, as well as many lesser-known and often overlooked masterpieces.
The Grand Tour
In summer 2007 London's West End was turned into a giant outdoor art gallery. From Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' to Constable's 'The Hay Wain', 45 stunning, life-size reproductions of major paintings were displayed in the streets of Soho, Covent Garden and Piccadilly.
Enjoy seven bite-size audio tours of these masterpieces.
The Grand TourListen to an overview of The Grand Tour. In the summer of 2007, 45 reproductions of National Gallery paintings were hung in the streets of Soho. Hear more about the paintings and create your own tour of the originals in the National Gallery. You can download further themed tours below.
The Heavy Hitters TourThe Grand Tour, which ended on August 31 2007, included 17 classic masterpieces from Leonardo da Vinci, Gainsborough, Rubens, Botticelli and Van Gogh. Hear more about these ‘heavy hitters’ and plan your own tour of the originals in the National Gallery.
The Lover's TourIf you're looking for romance, enjoy eight stunning National Gallery paintings offering seduction, superheroes and forbidden love. These paintings were part of the Grand Tour. Come and see the originals at the National Gallery.
The Escape the City TourWhen the city gets too much, cool off with the Escape the City Tour. Enjoy 13 paintings including scenery from the English countryside, Parisian boating scenes and tigers in the jungle. These paintings were included in the Grand Tour. Come and see the originals at the National Gallery.
Lunchbreak Tour 1: Oxford CircusThis bite-sized tour brings you nine of the best paintings from the National Gallery. During the Grand Tour these paintings were hung up around Oxford Circus. The nine include Leonardo da Vinci's most beautiful angel and Britain's greatest painting, Turner's 'The Fighting Temeraire'.
Lunchbreak Tour 2: Piccadilly CircusDuring the summer of 2007 reproductions of paintings from the National Gallery were hung up around the streets of Soho. Enjoy 12 stunning masterpieces that appeared around Piccadilly Circus, including Van Gogh's iconic 'Sunflowers'. Come and create your own lunchtime tour of the originals at the National Gallery.
Lunchbreak Tour 3: Covent GardenReproductions of the paintings in this tour were hung around the Covent Garden area. The tour takes in 13 amazing paintings, which include calming landscapes, Parisian boating scenes and the iconic 'Water-Lily Pond' by Monet. Spend an invigorating lunch hour looking at the originals in the National Gallery.