National Portrait Gallery Free

An image of the proposed new forecourt at the National Portrait Gallery.
NPG forecourt proposal, Jamie Fobert Architects, Forbes Massie. Image courtesy of the NPG.
Explore the large collection of portraits, photographs, prints and drawings at the National Portrait Gallery overlooking Trafalgar Square.


See history brought to life through the many works on display at the National Portrait Gallery in central London. Feast your eyes on the famous, inspirational and regular people captured in the portraits, photographs and drawings.

What can I see at the National Portrait Gallery?

The National Portrait Gallery is home to more than 215,000 works, including portraits, sculptures, miniatures, photographs, drawings, caricatures and prints. Get to know the men and women who have helped shape British history and culture, from kings and queens to artists and film stars.

Throughout the year, the gallery hosts regular exhibitions alongside its permanent collection.

Where is the National Portrait Gallery?

The National Portrait Gallery is located at St Martin’s Place overlooking Trafalgar Square in central London.

How do I get to the National Portrait Gallery?

The closest tube stations to The National Portrait Gallery are Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus and Charing Cross Underground stations.

Is it free to enter the National Portrait Gallery?

The National Portrait Gallery is free to enter and you can explore its permanent collection for free. However, some special exhibitions may require a paid-for ticket.

Important information

The National Portrait Gallery is closed while essential building works take place for the gallery’s Inspiring People redevelopment. It will reopen on 22 June 2023.

Prices and opening times

Adult Ticket Free

Free except charges for special exhibitions.

Opening Times

Open daily 10.00am - 6.00pm Late night opening Thursday and Friday until 9.00pm. closed 24-26 December.

Venue Details & Map

National Portrait Gallery

St Martin's Place
+44 (0)20 7306 0055
Public transport:
Tube: Leicester Square or Charing Cross Train: Charing Cross

Facilities & Accessibility


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