The National Gallery dominates Trafalgar Square with its neo-classical columns and portico designed by William Wilkins adjoining the square on its east side where it has been pedestrianised.
It houses some of the finest examples of European art, ranging from 1260 to 1900, are included among the 2,300 paintings filling its halls and rooms. Holbein's 'The Ambassadors', 'The Hay Wain' by Constable, and Jan Van Eyck's 'Arnolfini Marriage' are just some of the major attractions. Works on display also include those of Botticelli, Monet, Constable, Van Gogh and Rembrandt.
This really is the place to come for top quality artwork spanning a wide spectrum of styles and periods. From the Early Renaissance to the Post-Impressionists, every significant stage in the development of painting is represented in its collection, often by masterpieces. Originally established by Parliament in 1824, the collection belongs to the British public and every effort is made to ensure the art accessible: free entry, free events, free talks and free tours support this ethos. Regular weekend activities include guided tours at 11:30, 14:30 weekdays, there are extra tours at 12:30 and 15:30 on Saturdays plus lunchtime talks at 13:00.
To get there from the Americana; take the Bakerloo Line southbound from Baker Street to Charing Cross. If you take the first exit to the street you will be on the southeast corner of Trafalgar Square. Look to the north and you will see the National Gallery.
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