Cloakroom information and bag sizes

The National Gallery is committed to providing a friendly, accessible, and safe environment for all visitors. To maximise your enjoyment of the Gallery, please note the following practical information

Cloakroom information

Opening times

Daily 10am–5.45pm
Friday 10am–8.45pm


Coat: £1.50*
Bag (max. 38cm x 30cm): £1.50*

*Charges do not apply to Members

Bag sizes permitted in the Gallery

For reasons of security and safety, the National Gallery has a bag size policy in place:

  • Maximum bag size allowed in the building is 38cm x 30cm
  • Folding bikes, adult scooters, other oversized objects, and group luggage items are not permitted
  • We recommend and request that you do not bring luggage and suitcases to the Gallery

For everyone’s safety all bags, rucksacks, packages, and personal items may be inspected:

  • Cloakroom staff may examine any item before accepting it and reserve the right to refuse items
  • All items left in the cloakrooms may be searched in the interests of safety and security
  • Neither the Gallery nor its employees accept any liability for the loss of, or damage to, anything left in the cloakrooms

Exceptions to this rule are:

  • Visitors only accessing the Sainsbury Wing Shop from Whitcomb Street
  • Visitors only accessing the National Café from St. Martin's Place
  • Baby buggies and oversized bags containing necessary medical equipment, or for use in nursing and baby care, will be permitted, subject to the owners agreeing that these items may be searched on exiting the Gallery.