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National Gallery of Scotland

The National Galleries Complex is among the finest of Edinburgh galleries. It encompasses the National Gallery of Scotland and the adjacent Royal Scottish Academy. Right next to Princess Square Gardens, the galleries are situated in a prime location at the centre of Edinburgh. It houses Scotland’s permanent collections of fine art and plays regular host to major touring art exhibitions. From the newest portrait of Bonnie Prince Charlie to modern collaborations, it is one of the most active Edinburgh galleries and has one of the best fine art collections in the world. Cubism, pop-art, expressive and more, the National Galleries are sure to catch your interest as you Discover Edinburgh with Parliament House Hotel.

Entrance to the National Gallery

National Gallery of Scotland for Kids

This gallery also offers activities for the kids during the holidays. You can choose a range of activities, from the aptly named Bags of art, Story telling, Portrait detector and much more to keep your little ones entertained and involved during your visit. This gallery even has a baby friendly tour focused on story telling for very young children. Held on a monthly basis, Wee Treasures tells tales behind the art to spark creativity from the start. The national galleries even has an active events list to help you keep up to date with all the exhibitions they hold.

Admission to the permanent collections is free and there is even a floor plan online to help you plan your visit.

Food for Thought

If the food in the fine art paintings has sparked your appetite then hop over to the gallery’s cafe, the Scottish Cafe and Restaurant. With good food that is fresh and simple, and stunning views over princess street gardens, you’ll spoil all your senses with all this visit has to offer.

Inside the National Gallery
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