National Gallery

Trafalgar Square. (Open Map)


Collection of Western European painting from the 13th to the 19th centuries

The National Gallery was founded in 1824, when the British government bought 36 paintings from the banker John Julius Angerstein. Soon after, a series of private donations increased the collection, and today, the National Gallery numbers over 2,300 paintings.

Admission at the National Gallery (with the exception of some exhibitions) is free - so take this unique opportunity to see one of the greatest collections of Western European painting in the world.