The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Founded in 1856, the aim of the National Portrait Gallery is ‘to promote through the medium of portraits the appreciation and understanding of the men and women who have made and are making British history and culture, and to promote the appreciation and understanding of portraiture in all media.
The Gallery presents exhibitions throughout the year.
Opening hours are Saturday to Wednesday, 10.00-18.00 and Thursday to Friday 10.00-21.00. The main collection is free but there is a charge with concessions for exhibitions.