30 Highlight Paintings
The National Gallery houses one of the finest collections of paintings in the world. Explore this selection of 30 of the highlights, which includes some of the Gallery's best-loved works.
We’re making changes to our programme of free daily guided tours - from 1 October 2018 there will be a new programme in place. To better meet the needs of our various audience groups we’ll be moving away from a ‘one size fits all’ model of tours. In response to feedback received from our Members, we will be introducing Members only tours as part of our new approach to guided tours – because we know that many of you attend these tours and greatly enjoy them. Members only tours will take place once a month in the first instance and places will be bookable and limited. This means we can keep the numbers low enough to make the tours interactive and responsive to your requests. If these tours are popular we will make them more regular. Please see the Members event webpage for more details.
Alternatively the Gallery holds daily tours, led by Gallery lecturers, these 60-minute tours stop off at some of the Gallery's most definitive works, providing a general overview of the collection.
Daily guided tours take place every day at 11.30am. Please see the events webpage for more details.
Focus in on one painting with our talks in the Gallery, or explore wider themes in the collection at our in-depth theatre talks. Please see our lunchtime talks webpage for more details.
Talk and draw
Discover the collection from a new perspective with free creative sessions led by artists, poets and National Gallery lecturers.
Join an artist and a lecturer to explore a painting in two different ways, drawing in from of the painting with life models. All materials are provided and session last an hour. Please see our talk and draw webpage for more details.