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Experience 700 years of painting for free.

Open daily 10am–6pm and Friday until 9pm (Closed 24–26 December and 1 January)

Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

Ways to visit

Free exhibitions are included with Gallery entry.

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Gallery entry

Book your free Gallery entry ticket to see the collection as well as our free exhibitions – Picasso Ingres: Face to Face, and Take One Picture 2022.

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The Keeper of Paintings and the Palette of Perception

Step into a hidden world of art and magic at the National Gallery in this new immersive app

Shopping and eating

Shop and refresh during your visit.


From prints to postcards and cushions to the Companion Guide, complete your Gallery experience with a visit to one of our gift shops, at the start and end of your visit.

Eating and drinking

Shop online

Shop online for Gallery gifts and art books and have them delivered straight to your home or click and collect when you visit.

Facilities and amenities


We aim to make access to the paintings enjoyable and welcoming to the widest possible public.


Cloakrooms cost £2 per item to use (free for Members). We accept bags up to 56 x 25 x 45 cm. You are welcome to bring baby buggies into the Gallery. 


There are toilet and baby changing facilities at the entrance and exit, and a Changing Places toilet facility in the Education Centre.

Explore the collection

Explore the nation's collection before you visit or download the Smartify app for information on the go.


Connect to our free WiFi - look for ‘National Gallery’. Read our terms of use.


Feel free to take photographs for personal, non-commercial use, unless a sign says you shouldn't.

Safety and hygiene

These are some of the measures we have maintained for your safety and the safety of our staff.

Face coverings

In line with government guidance, it is your choice whether to wear a face covering during your visit.

Cleaning and hygiene

We have increased cleaning throughout the Gallery and hand sanitiser is available at regular intervals.

If you're feeling unwell

If you display symptoms associated with COVID-19, please delay your visit until it is safe to do so.

Getting here

Please follow the latest guidelines on travel and public transport.

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Plan your journey on the TFL website.

Parking for:

There is a parking space on Orange Street for Blue Badge holders only. Please book in advance by calling 020 7747 2885.

There are designated parking bays on St Martin's Street. Please phone Westminster Parking Information Service on 020 7823 4567 for more information.

Public car parks are available nearby in Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square.

The nearest bike stands are on Orange Street, St Martin's Street, St Martin's Place, and Duncannon Street.

The nearest Santander Cycles docking stations are on St Martin's Street, Craven Street, Pall Mall East, William IV Street, Charles II Street and Oxendon Street.
Please check TFL for up-to-date information about nearby Santander Cycle docking stations.

Visiting guidelines

To help us keep the Gallery a safe and enjoyable place for everyone, please follow the guidelines below by:

  • Being considerate towards others
  • Not touching the paintings or other exhibits, and not crossing the barriers
  • Consuming food and drink in designated areas only i.e. not in rooms that contain paintings
  • Following our no smoking (includes vaping) policy in any part of the building
  • Following our ‘no photography’ policy in exhibitions where a sign is displayed
  • Sit only on the seating provided; our Gallery assistants can help you find the nearest seating

For more information read our Admissions Policy.