Taking the train to the National Gallery is incredibly convenient - the gallery is on Trafalgar Square, close to several Underground and National Rail stations. The closest main line station to the National Gallery is Charing Cross, just two minutes' walk away. It is served by regular trains from Kent and Sussex, as well as by the Northern and Bakerloo London Underground lines. You can also travel on the District and Circle lines, alighting at Embankment.
|Weekdays||04:30 - 01:05|
|Saturday||04:30 - 01:05|
|Sunday||04:30 - 01:05|
|Staffing level||Full time|
|Travel card zone||Zone 1|
|Left Luggage phone number||020 7930 5444|
|Left Luggage Website||http://www.left-baggage.co.uk/locations.php|
|Telephone types||Coins and cards|
|Bureau de Change||Unavailable|
|Tourist Information Office||Unavailable|
|Toilets notes||Located on the central passage in the main concourse.|
|Customer help points||Available|
|Cycle storage spaces||20|
|Sheltered cycle storage||Unavailable|
|Cycle storage CCTV||Available|
|Cycle storage notes|
Within car park and station forecourt
|Cycle storage notes||10 bike bars which can accommodate two bikes each|
|Step-free access||Whole station|
|Step-free access notes|
Yes, the station is all on one level and all platforms are reachable by disabled passengers.
|Ramps for train access||Available|
|Accessible ticket machines||Available|
|Accessible Booking Office counter||Available|
|Accessible taxis notes|
Accessible taxis are located outside the front of the station
The National Gallery houses more than 2,300 works of art, and its holdings amount to one of the best collections of Western European painting on the planet. Founded in 1824, the gallery started life when the British government purchased 38 pieces from the estate of art collector John Julius Angerstein. Today it has grown astronomically in scope, covering every important style from the 13th century through to the early 20th.
'Something for everyone' might sound like a cliche, but here it's the truth. The collection is distinguished by range rather than size - wander the halls and you'll stumble across works by Rubens, Van Dyck, Turner, Vermeer, Poussin, Constable, Monet, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Hogarth, Gainsborough and Caravaggio to name but a few. In general, the gallery is arranged around time periods and regions, allowing visitors to follow the development of art in particular places. Deeper insights are provided by ticketed special exhibitions in the Sainsbury Wing.
Away from the collections, the National Gallery has an excellent restaurant in the shape of the National Dining Rooms, offering impressive views over Westminster. There are also guided tours, lectures, an extensive video and audio-visual program, a great gift shop and late opening events held all year round.