Bag sizes permitted in the National 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 43 x 66 cm (17 x 26 inches)
  • Visitors will not be allowed to carry bags on their backs
  • All items left in the cloakroom are liable to be searched in the interests of the safety and security of the public and the National Gallery


  • Maximum bag size allowed in the cloakrooms is 43 x 66 cm (17 x 26 inches). Larger items will not be accepted


  • Visitors only accessing the Sainsbury Wing Shop from Whitcomb Street
  • Visitors only accessing the National Café from St. Martin's Place
  • Baby buggies and over-size 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
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