The National Portrait Gallery

About The National Portrait Gallery

From medieval to present time, the National Portrait Gallery houses over 10,000 portraits of famous men and women throughout British history from as early as Henry VII to the present Queen. Notable portraits include Henry VIII, William Shakespeare, Rudyard Kipling and William Ewart Gladstone.


National Portrait Gallery

St Martin's Place



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

Nearest Rail: Charing Cross


Access to the Gallery for wheelchair users is via the Orange Street ramp entrance and the Gift shop entrance, on St Martin's Place.

The Heinz Archive and Library entrance is at the National Portrait Gallery's administrative offices located on Orange Street opposite the ramp.


Disabled visitors pay concessionary rates and carers are entitled to free admission.

Concessionary rates also apply to senior citizens, ES40 cardholders and students in full-time education.


* Please note that photography is not allowed anywhere in the Gallery

* The Gallery is closed at Christmas time and on New Years Day.