The Guide: The National Gallery

Our new Gallery Guide series will be bringing you a tour of some of the country’s best galleries.

Today we’re focusing on the National Gallery in London; or, as we call it, the Treasure Chest.

Housing works by some of the world’s masters, it is an absolute gem, featuring over 2,000 paintings from across centuries, genres and cultures. Think of a classic artist, and chances are that examples of his or her’s work is hanging in the gallery.


And best of all – it’s free!

Situated in the heart of London, the gallery overlooks Trafalgar Square (have a climb on the lions before going inside) and offers views of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. Founded in 1824, it has played host to works by the likes of Michelangelo, Rubens, van Dyck, Monet, Van Gogh, amongst scores of others. Earlier in the year, the gallery ran an exhibition of the work of Da Vinci, and at the moment you can see an exhibition about Turner as well as Titian’sΒ Diana and Callisto.


The gallery also offers a range of talks, tours and activities, full details of which can be found here.

The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London;Β


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