The National Gallery aims to make access to the paintings enjoyable and welcoming to the widest possible public. There are a range of facilities to help you see the collection, visit exhibitions and come to events.
The Gallery offers British Sign Language-interpreted talks on paintings for visitors who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, and art sessions for visitors who are blind and partially sighted.
Introduction to the gallery
Welcome to the National Gallery.
Here you will find the national collection of western European paintings from around 1250 to 1900.
It includes masterpieces by many great European Artists with more than a thousand paintings on display.
The address is The National Gallery, Trafalgar square, London, WC2N 5DN
Opening times are 10am to 6pm daily and a late opening on Friday until 9pm.
Closed 24th to 26th December and 1st of January.
Admission to the collection is free.
For special exhibitions held in the Sainsbury Wing there is a charge. Tickets can be purchased on the day in the gallery, online or in advance by telephone.
Disabled visitors are eligible for a discount on exhibition tickets and may bring an escort free of charge.
For visitors with mobility access requirements:
There is one off-street parking space for badge holders in Orange Street. Advance booking only on 020 7747 2885. Designated parking bays for badge holder in St Martin’s street, behind the Sainsbury wing, give level access to the entrance.
Four entrances have level access: the Getty, the Sainsbury Wing, National Café and Education Centre entrances. The main entrance, the Portico entrance, is not accessible due to the restrictions of being a Grade I listed building.
Wheelchairs are available at the Getty Entrance on level 0, the Sainsbury Wing cloakroom on level 0 and the Education Centre (which is at street level). The Sainsbury Wing Theatre on Levels also has spaces for wheelchairs. Ramp access to the front of the theatre is on Level -2.
Seating is available around the gallery, there are also a small number of stools for Access requirements that people could ask for at the Information desks and Sainsbury Wing cloakroom and you are welcome to bring a folding stool. Assistance dogs are welcome.
For deaf and hard of hearing visitors:
We offer a programme of British Sign Language (BSL) interpreted discussions on paintings. Deaf lecturers also regularly deliver talks in BSL.
Audio guides are available for the paintings with volume enhancement and there are transcripts of audio guides.
Exhibition videos and films have subtitles and transcripts.
All information desks and shop counters have induction loops and there are also induction loops for talks and films in the Sainsbury Wing Theatre, Sainsbury Wing Exhibition cinema and Sunley Room cinema.
If you would like to discuss access requirements further, please call 020 7747 2885 (you can use Typetalk on this number).
For school groups, the Gallery can also offer sessions using multi-sensory materials for students who are blind and partially sighted, and for students with learning disabilities. Find out more
The nearest tube station with step-free access from platform to street level is Westminster station, on the Jubilee, District and Circle lines. Then take buses: 12, 24, 88 or 453.
There is one designated parking space on Orange Street for National Gallery visitors only.
48 hours advance booking is required on 020 7747 2590.
Three public blue badge parking spaces are available on St Martin's Street.
Visitors with disabilities can get discounts on exhibition tickets and bring an escort free of charge.
Entrance to the Collection of paintings is free.
BSL multimedia tour
A multimedia tour featuring 23 highlight paintings from the collection and video clips with BSL commentary is available to purchase from the Audio Guide desks.
This tour is available free of charge for visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Audio tour for blind and partially sighted visitors
An audio tour featuring 23 highlight paintings from the collection, offering detailed and evocative descriptions of art works.
This tour is available free of charge for visitors who are blind or partially sighted
Contact Information on 020 7747 2590 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for all general access queries
Contact Education on 020 7747 2864 or email email@example.com if you have a query about an access event
National Gallery has received a highly commended award in the national Rough Guide to Accessible Britain Awards as one of the top accessible attractions in the UK in the Best Free Venue category.