Private tours

Private tours

Encounter the most famous, beautiful and challenging paintings in the world at the National Gallery on a tour tailor made to your requirements. Let our Gallery experts enthrall and enlighten you as you explore key paintings from the collection. See inspiring art by artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Titian, Holbein, Velázquez, Rembrandt, Turner, Monet and Van Gogh.

Choose from the following themes or contact us to discuss a bespoke theme:

How to book

Private tours can be booked for groups of up to 25 adults and last one hour.

Booking can only be taken at least six weeks in advance of your visit date. Tours can take place Mondays to Saturdays during normal Gallery opening hours. We do not provide private tours when the Gallery is closed, or on Sundays.
Private tours cost £230 per group, payable in advance.

A reduced fee is offered to UK educational organisations including U3A, NADFAS and WEA. University and FE Colleges in the UK can use our service free of charge.

To book a private tour, please complete the online booking form.

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Group bookings for charging exhibitions

For groups of 10 people or more, please call 020 7206 1173 (booking fee, £1.50 per ticket – lines open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm).

A tour guide explains a painting

Tour themes

Highlights of the National Gallery: You can find hundreds of the most famous, beautiful and challenging paintings in the world at the National Gallery. Our Highlight tours explore four or five of the most famous paintings from the collection – discover breathtaking masterpieces such as Leonardo's 'Virgin of the Rocks', Titian's 'Bacchus and Ariadne', Turner’s 'Fighting Temeraire' and Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers'.

Best of British: Hogarth to Reynolds: The National Gallery’s collection of British paintings represents some of the most famous and best-loved art in the country. From Hogarth's 'Marriage A-la-Mode' series, to Reynolds's enigmatic portraits and Constable's idyllic landscapes, this tour will explore British painting at its best in the long 18th century.

Broadening Horizons: Landscapes from Canaletto to Monet: Our physical environment has inspired and challenged artists for centuries. This tour will explore artists’ different approaches to painting the natural and urban landscape – from Canaletto's detailed Venetian cityscapes to Monet's impressionistic views of the countryside.

Inspiring Minds: Dramatic Storytelling from Titian to Turner: Tales of love, betrayal and adventure adorn the walls of the National Gallery. Presented in colourful and dramatic ways by some the greatest visual storytellers of Western European art, these paintings illustrate how ancient myths continue to inspire imaginative and inventive responses.

Face to Face: Portraits from Holbein to Rembrandt: Explore some of the world’s most enigmatic portraits at the National Gallery. What is the function of a portrait and how might this have changed through time? What can we learn from the way artists have depicted themselves, and their patrons?

Trade Secrets: Encoded Messages and Unusual Discoveries: Paintings often reveal surprising messages that may not be immediately obvious. Symbols, attributes and their associations can embody coded meanings and, through deciphering these, we can enhance our understanding of paintings and the subtle messages that artists have intended.