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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is one of the Edinburgh’s most beautiful buildings. Designed as a shrine for Scottish legends, this neo-gothic masterpiece opened to the public as the world’s first portrait gallery in 1889. From Mary, Queen of Scots and Prince Charles Edward Stuart, to Robert Burns and Sean Connery, the true greats of Scotland’s artistic past and present have all found a home in Edinburgh’s favourite Portrait Gallery.

Window in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

What You Will See at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

With over 30 000 fascinating images in the Portrait Gallery’s collection, the gallery is a rare window into the lives of the men and women whose outstanding achievements help shaped Scotland and the rest of the world. Take a stroll along the Great Hall and the impressive library, before travelling back in time through 17 different displays of Scottish history.

Fancy A Bite To Eat?

Nothing rounds off a trip down memory lane better than a delicious bite to eat at the Portrait Café. With a scrumptious variety of dishes to choose from, as well as a number of gluten and dairy free dishes, what more could you ask for? And once you have finished sampling the café’s wares, you can eat your heart out on the stunning Portrait Gallery shop.

Visiting The Gallery

Great Hall of The Portrait Gallery

As part of the National Galleries of Scotland, entrance into the gallery is free. A free shuttle bus also connects the Scottish National Portrait Gallery with the other National Galleries, The National Gallery of Scotland and the National Gallery of Modern Art, making it easier than ever to spend all day exploring Scotland’s rich artistic heritage.

Once you’re completed the National Galleries of Scotland trifecta, join us at the Parliament House Hotel for a dram or two. You deserve it.

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