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Your space for art.

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

Your space for art

The number of visitors to the Gallery has been reduced so you have more space to explore during your visit.

Book before you visit

Save time on arrival by booking in advance. Walk-up tickets are also available - you might need to wait when we are busy.

Your safety is our priority

We have maintained measures that put your safety and the safety of our staff first. See our hygiene and safety measures.

Ways to visit

Free exhibitions are included with Gallery entry.

Members enjoy more

As well as a priority entry queue, becoming a Member is the best way to support your National Gallery and enjoy great benefits online and in the Gallery.

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Gallery entry

Book your free Gallery entry ticket to see the collection as well as our free exhibitions.

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Poussin + Gallery entry

Don't miss our critically acclaimed exhibition, 'Poussin and the Dance'.

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Dürer's Journeys + Gallery entry

Book now for 'The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Dürer's Journeys: Travels of a Renaissance Artist'.

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Father Christmas + Gallery entry

Meet Father Christmas and join a magical adventure in a winter wonderland. 

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Safety and hygiene

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

A contactless experience

We are the same Gallery but with a reduced capacity, art routes to guide you, and a contactless experience.

Face coverings

Our staff will be wearing face coverings for their safety and the safety of our visitors, and we encourage you to do the same.

NHS Test and Trace

In line with government guidance, we encourage you to register your visit with NHS Test and Trace upon arrival by scanning the QR code or by giving your details to a member of staff.

Increased cleaning

The frequency of our cleaning throughout the Gallery has been increased, including toilets and other facilities.

Hand sanitiser stations

Hand sanitiser will be available, at regular intervals, for you to use.

If you're feeling unwell

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

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

Delicious food and drink is available from the Espresso Bar and the National Café.

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.

Getting here

Please follow the latest guidelines on travel and public transport.

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.


For more information about the changes we have made to the Gallery and your visit, please see our FAQs.

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.