Getting to the Gallery

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National Portrait Gallery

St Martin’s Place

General enquiries
020 7306 0055

Contact us

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Step-free access

Step-free access 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 entrance.



The nearest underground stations to the Gallery are: Charing Cross 230 metres, Leicester Square 195 metres, and Embankment 490 metres. Please note these stations do not have a lift.


By rail

Charing Cross station 320 metres from the St Martin's Place entrance.



Bus numbers 24, 29 and 176 from Trafalgar Square stop C or Charing Cross Road stop K.


Car, taxi or Dial-A-Ride

For visitors wishing to travel by car, cab or Dial-A-Ride please note there are no parking facilities at the Gallery. Visitors can be dropped off at the ramp entrance on Orange Street which can be reached via Haymarket.

For further transport information contact 0843 222 1234 or go to the Transport for London website

For information about parking for Blue Badge holders in the surrounding area please go to

There are no car parking facilities at the Gallery.

A public car park is located on the corner of Whitcomb Street and Orange Street. The car park is approximately 195 metres from the Orange Street entrance to the Gallery. To discuss parking arrangements please contact the car park staff directly on 0207 839 5858.


Bicycle parking

The nearest bicycle stands are opposite the main Gallery entrance on St Martin’s Place, and behind the National Gallery’s Education Centre on Orange Street.

For more information please visit Westminster Cycling Campaign or Westminster City Council.

Please note: the National Portrait Gallery Cloakroom does not accept folding bicycles. Folding bicycles can be stored at Charing Cross Station Left Luggage.

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