National Gallery, London

National Gallery, London: Our most recommended tours and activities

London: Tootbus Must-See Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Cruise

1. London: Tootbus Must-See Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Cruise

Hop on board the Must See London bus tour, sit back, relax, and discover the city from a whole new perspective. See the best bits of London on this tour designed to see the most famous sights and experience incredible views of the city with an included cruise on the River Thames. Enjoy a tour past London's top attractions and landmarks including; Tower Bridge, Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, London Eye, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, National Gallery, and Downing Street. Start the tour at any of the bus stops. Be welcomed on board whether you are a first-time visitor with just a few hours in town and want to get a taste of London or a Londoner who wants to experience the city differently. Make your way to Tower Pier or Westminster Pier when you've finished your bus tour to jump on the cruise. Drift along the River Thames seing iconic London landmarks like the Globe and Tower Bridge from the water. Download the Tootbus app to easily find your way around, follow the buses in real-time, and enjoy self-guided walking tours to help you explore more of London.

London: Official National Gallery Highlights Guided Tour

2. London: Official National Gallery Highlights Guided Tour

Discover London's National Gallery on this guided tour. See masterpieces from around the world and learn about the Gallery's rich history as you explore this massive art museum on Trafalgar Square. Enter the magnificent National Gallery on London's iconic Trafalgar Square and meet your guide. As you explore the Gallery, learn the history of European art from your guide. Marvel at famous works by Johannes Vermeer, Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet, and Raphael. Wander through the halls of the Gallery, a grade I listed heritage building, and hear the history of this significant collection. The Gallery's over 2,600 works of art cover 700 years of history, from medieval Europe to the French Impressionists.

London Half-Day Private Chauffeur Driven Tour

3. London Half-Day Private Chauffeur Driven Tour

Discover London in complete privacy and luxury on a private, chauffeur-driven tour of the city center, and see some of the city’s top attractions away from the hustle and bustle of organized group tours. If you are looking for a unique way to discover London, this private tour is a perfect choice. Choose from a 4 or 6-hour excursion and go on an intimate journey, guided by a professional guide who will provide you with personal attention and courtesy throughout your urban adventure. Take the family to some of the best-known and historic sites of London, such as the imposing Tower of London where the Crown Jewels are kept. Pass one of the official residences of Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Drive through Trafalgar Square and see Nelson’s Column, the National Gallery, and National Portrait Gallery. Pass Westminster Abbey, also known as the Houses of Parliament. Relax in the comfort of your private car, and discover some places that other tourists never get to see!

London: Private Walking Sightseeing Tour

4. London: Private Walking Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy an intimate introduction to England's capital on a private sightseeing tour of Central London, and see some of the city's most iconic sights. Your private guide will collect you from the lobby of your hotel at 10:00. Discuss the flexible itinerary before you set off. Go to Buckingham Palace, the official residence of the Royal Family. See the balcony where Prince William kissed his new wife Catherine in 2011. Watch the Queen’s Foot Guard march to a military band at the Changing of the Guards ceremony. Marvel at the eye-catching outfits and bearskin hats. Continue to Westminster Abbey, final resting place of kings, queens, poets and statesmen. Admire architectural details of the former Benedictine monastery, including the stone cloisters, Chapter House and Strong Room. Take in the Clock Tower, home to Big Ben, and the marvelous Gothic edifice of the Houses of Parliament. Then, walk up Whitehall, past Banqueting House and No. 10 Downing Street, to arrive at Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery.

London: National Gallery Guided Tour

5. London: National Gallery Guided Tour

Journey through the history of art on a guided tour of the National Gallery in London, available either as a private or small group option for no more than 8 people. Hear interesting stories about artists such as Botticelli, Monet, Rembrandt, and Vermeer. Home to a collection of paintings from the 1300s onwards, there is no shortage of things to see, from early 20th-century art like Velázquez's Rokeby Venus to Botticelli's panel painting of Venus and Mars. View Da Vinci’s The Virgin of the Rocks before fast-forwarding to Seurat’s Bathers at Asnières to witness the changing styles over the centuries. Get all the information you need about the history of the art works, such as Vermeer's Lady Standing at a Virginal, Van Gogh's Sunflowers, and early devotional paintings by Raphael.

London: British Museum & National Gallery Private Tour

6. London: British Museum & National Gallery Private Tour

Join an Expert Guide on a journey from the dawn of human history to the present at the British Museum, the oldest public national museum in the world. Discover the highlights of a remarkable collection of rare historical, cultural and architectural artifacts from all six continents. Immerse yourself in the most comprehensive story of human culture! This exclusive 2-hour tour of the British Museum is led by a 5-Star Guide who is a master storyteller and an expert on world history, archeology and ethnography, so you can enjoy the most interesting facts, anecdotes as well as controversies surrounding the museum’s collection. This is your chance to travel around the globe, from Africa, through the Americas, to Asia and beyond, and hear stories from different ethnicities, cultures and communities. Among some of the most valuable treasures of the British Museum you will find the original Rosetta Stone of Egypt, the Babylonian ‘Queen of the Night relief”, a Column from the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus - one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World from Turkey, and much more. Every object inside the museum’s collection tells a story of the development of human civilization. Your Private Guide will help you understand the history of these rare artifacts and how they got into the museum. Choose the 3,5-hour option for a private car transfer between the British Museum and your London accommodation. As the museum’s collection spans over 60 galleries, you can reduce walking by taking advantage of convenient transfers with a pickup and drop-off service. For your convenience, we will organize a clean, air-conditioned vehicle exclusively for your group of friends/family. Join the 4-hour tour to visit London’s top 2 attractions, the British Museum and the National Gallery, on the same day. It is a must-do for every art lover! Enjoy a guided tour of an incredible collection of paintings by Western artists, including Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Titan, Claude Lorrain, Anthony van Dyck and much more! See the iconic Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh and other treasures from the world of art. Opt for the 5,5-hour option to enjoy an exclusive guided tour of the British Museum and the National Gallery with a private car transfer from your accommodation. Save time and effort by booking private transfers in advance and avoid overcrowded public transport and overpriced taxis. Take advantage of a convenient pickup and drop-off at the address provided when booking.

Westminster and National Gallery 3.5-Hour Tour in Italian

7. Westminster and National Gallery 3.5-Hour Tour in Italian

Enjoy a walking tour of Westminster with an Italian-speaking guide and see London’s most historic places. The 4-hour program also includes a visit to the National Gallery. Start the tour near the Palace of Westminster, a stunning example of neo-Gothic architecture. The structure is dominated by the iconic clock known as Big Ben. Continue to Westminster Abbey, walk through St. James's Park and by 10 Downing Street. Watch the Changing of the Horse Guards. At the north end of Trafalgar Square is the National Gallery, which is home to a vast collection of art from the Renaissance to Impressionism. With an art expert guide, you'll see paintings by a range of important artists.

London: The Impressionists and Romantics - Monet and Turner

8. London: The Impressionists and Romantics - Monet and Turner

Follow in the footsteps of the great French Impressionists like Claude Monet and Romantics like J. M. W. Turner. Explore places that inspired their work and learn about their lives and art with a professional guide. Walk along the Thames Path towards St Thomas' Hospital and take in the views that inspired many of Monet’s paintings. Hear about J. M. W. Turner’s paintings that depict a fire destroying the Houses of Parliament. Continue to Westminster and Charing Cross which inspired many of Monet's paintings while your guide explains the technique and genius of his work. Hear interesting facts and anecdotes about the painters' lives in London including why the French Impressionists left Paris and sought refuge during the Franco-Prussian War and the story of Monet's stay at the Savoy Hotel. Discover a lesser-known Animalier who drastically changed London's cityscape. Finish the adventure at the National Gallery where you can view the paintings, including those of other influential Impressionists who fled the war, such as Sisley and Pissarro.

London: Wallace Collection & National Gallery Private Tours

9. London: Wallace Collection & National Gallery Private Tours

Fall in love with the treasures of the Wallace Collection and the National Gallery, 2 world-famous art galleries in the heart of London. See some of the finest paintings and artworks with your own eyes and discover centuries of art history thanks to your Expert Guide. Immerse yourself in the beauty of art and creativity! Join the 2-hour guided tour to visit the Wallace Collection - an art museum housed in the historic Hertford House. Follow your art-loving Private Guide through several galleries to discover amazing art and learn about the 5 generations of British aristocratic families who accumulated this collection of over 5,000 art objects. Listen to amazing stories from the world of art from the 15th-19th-century and admire the museum’s top highlights, including the exceptional collection of Sevres porcelain and French paintings, featuring Rubens' Landscape With A Rainbow and the largest holdings of works by François Boucher. The museum also houses rare antique French furniture, including pieces that belonged to Marie-Antoinette. Get a glimpse into the splendor of the French Rococo period in the Back State Room, and visit the Oriental Armory to see authentic Indian arms and Ottoman Empire artifacts. Enjoy an exclusive tour customized to your needs and interests. Choose the 3,5-hour option to make it easier to join this guided tour of the Wallace Collection thanks to a round-trip transfer between the museum and your London accommodation. We will arrange a 5-Star Driver and a clean, spacious vehicle for your pickup and drop-off at the address provided when booking so you can avoid using public transport or overpriced taxis. Opt for the 4-hour tour to the highlights of the Wallace Collection and the National Gallery if you are thirsty for more art. The National Gallery is one of the most important art museums in the UK, housing over 700 years of art history. Follow your Expert Guide to learn about Caravaggio, Rubens, Velazquez, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Monet, Seurat, Turner and Van Gogh. It is a must-see, and the expert live commentary will make this experience so much better! Along the way, you will also get to sightsee in the London City Center, with highlights such as Oxford Street, Regent Street and Piccadilly Circus. The 5,5-hour option includes a guided tour of the Wallace Collection and the National Gallery as well as private car transfers from your accommodation in London for the best experience possible. Book in advance to get the best deal and enjoy the comfort of a private vehicle available for your pickup and drop-off.

London: Notting Hill, Downtown & Markets Private Tour

10. London: Notting Hill, Downtown & Markets Private Tour

Explore London on this half-day Private Walking City Tour. See the best of London Downtown and the Notting Hill district. Let your private guide take you through the highlights and secrets that this incredible city has to offer, avoiding the crowds. Visit the beautiful Soho district, with its characteristic gateway to Chinatown. Walk down the colorful hidden streets and even a mural in a secret passage. Get into the famous art gallery dedicated purely to the Harry Potter saga, before arriving at the prestigious National Gallery. Come to Trafalgar Square and see the smallest police station in town. Visit the most important buildings in London such as the Palace and the Abbey of Westminster and the famous London icon: Big Ben. Learn about its political history as well as its emblematic monarchy. Get into the famous London Underground and reach one of the most charming districts: Notting Hill. Lose yourself in its narrow streets of colorful houses, scenes of famous movies. Taste the classic British bakery with the best and traditional English tea, in one of its most prestigious bakery shops. Visit the open-air shops and the most authentic corners of Portobello Market, considered the most beautiful in London.

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What people are saying about National Gallery, London

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based on 2,454 reviews

We were astounded at the breadth of the collection and the beauty of the house itself. Our guide Brian was tremendous - a walking encyclopedia of the history of the collection and the individual works of art on display. We spent a very enjoyable couple of hours with Brian.

We booked the 4 hour private tour. Exemplary preparatory communication with our guide Willi. Competent, friendly tour through London with many sights peppered with a lot of inside knowledge. Thanks Willi that was really great

Damiano the guide was great. The tour was interesting, and Damiano has graet knowledge, and great stories. I highly recommend the tour. Eran

The guide Alfie was phenomenal. I could have hung out with him all day in the museum. Really enjoyed the tour.

Really cool.. drive up one lap or out again the next.. the best way to see the main sights..