The National Gallery

About The National Gallery

Situated on the north side of Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery has been the home for the National Collection of Art from the thirteenth to the twentieth century. All art after 1900 is kept in the Tate Modern on the South Bank.

The gallery contains more than 2,300 paintings - all of which are owned by the British public. There is no admission charge to the main collection, although there is a collection box to allow donations to support the upkeep of the gallery. There are special exhibitions from time to time which do charge an admission fee. One of the three mainstream 'must-see' galleries for any visitor to London.


The National Gallery

Trafalgar Square



Nearest Underground: Charing Cross (Northern/Bakerloo lines)/Leicester Square (Northern/Piccadilly lines)

From Charing Cross take the Trafalgar Square exit. The National Gallery is on the north side of Trafalgar Square.

From Leicester Square take the Charing Cross Road west exit. Turn Left down Charing Cross Road. The National Gallery is on Trafalgar Square at the south end of Charing Cross Road.

Nearest Rail: Charing Cross

See above.

Parking: Whitcomb Street. Limited on-street parking nearby. Please note that parking in Central London can be expensive. Please use public transport if at all possible.


Wheelchair Access: Ground floor entrance/exit through the Sainsbury Wing. Level access through Education Centre at rear of Gallery on Orange Street. The main Trafalgar Sq entrance is not recommended for those with mobility problems. All areas of the Gallery are accessible via lift.

Hearing Impaired: Induction loop.

Visitors with a Blue, Orange or White disabled parking badge can book a parking space at the rear of the National Gallery. Please contact the Gallery directly for more information.

The Gallery also runs special tours for the visually impaired. Please contact the Gallery directly for more information.


Available to Seniors, Unemployed, Disabled people (accompanying escort free), members of the Art Fund (AF).