Group Visits

We offer a wider range of tours to meet your group’s requirements. Whether your group has a special area of interest, wishes to explore an exhibition or take a highlights tour of the Collection.

  • Create your own Bespoke Tour on a subject close to your heart
  • Discover more about our exhibitions and gain a deeper insight with an Exhibition Lecture to complement your visit to the exhibition
  • Take a tour of the Collection on a range of subjects including our popular highlights tour

To discuss your groups interest and requirements review our How to book section.

Bespoke Tours


Bespoke Tours

Explore the diversity of the Collection through a tailored tour. Customise your visit and enjoy an in-depth look at your group’s specialist subject with one of our expert historians, artists or art historians.


  • £21 per person
  • Duration: 1 hour

 


Exhibition Lectures


Bailey’s Stardust

6 February – 1 June 2014

Francis bacon by David Bailey, 1983 © David Bailey

A landmark exhibition of portraits by one of the world’s most distinguished and distinctive photographers, David Bailey.


  • £25 per person (price includes exhibition entry)
  • Duration: 1 hour lecture followed by time to explore the exhibition

 

The Great War in Portraits

27 February – 15 June 2014

Self-portrait by William Orpen, 1917 © Imperial War Museums (IWM ART 2382)

In viewing the First World War through images of the many individuals involved, this exhibition looks at the radically different experiences of those caught up in the conflict.


  • £16 per person (price includes exhibition entry)
  • Duration: 1 hour lecture followed by time to explore the exhibition

 

BP Portrait Award 2014

26 June – 21 September 2014

Das Berlin Zimmer (The Berlin Room) by Owen Normand, 2013 © Owen Normand

An outstanding and innovative selection of the very best in contemporary portrait painting from around the world.


  • £16 per person (price includes exhibition entry)
  • Duration: 1 hour lecture followed by time to explore the exhibition

 

Virginia Woolf

10 July – 26 October 2014

Comprising portraits and rare archival material, Virginia Woolf explores the life and literary achievements of the great twentieth century novelist.


  • £21 per person (price includes exhibition entry)
  • Duration: 1 hour lecture followed by time to explore the exhibition

 

Anarchy and Beauty: William Morris and His Legacy, 1860 – 1960

16 October 2014 – 11 January 2015

This exhibition explores Morris’s belief in ‘art for the people’ and how this idea had an enduring influence in the twentieth century.


  • £24 per person (price includes exhibition entry)
  • Duration: 1 hour lecture followed by time to explore the exhibition

 


Collection Tours


Highlights

Spanning six centuries of history, the Gallery tells the story of Britain through portraits of men and women who have made a significant contribution to British life.

  • £16 per person
  • Duration: 1 hour talk

Tudors

From Henry VIII to Elizabeth I discover how some of the most powerful and privileged people of sixteenth and seventeenth century Britain shaped the nation.

  • £16 per person
  • Duration: 1 hour talk

 

Stuarts

Take a look at Stuart Britain and find out more about not just royalty but also innovators, writers and statesmen such as Pepys and Cromwell

  • £16 per person
  • Duration: 1 hour talk

 

The Enlightenment

Explore the movers and shakers in Britain during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and be immersed in the intellectual, scientific and cultural milieu.

  • £16 per person
  • Duration: 1 hour talk

 

Making the Modern World

Man, machine and empire – explore the turbulence, energy, adventure and impact of the Victorian age on the world stage.

  • £16 per person
  • Duration: 1 hour talk

 

Modernity and the Contemporary

Take a look at key figures from the post-war modern world and then fast forward to today with images from the contemporary collection.

  • £16 per person
  • Duration: 1 hour talk

 

The Art of the Portrait

Explore some of our self-portraits and examine elements of artistic technique that will take you closer to artists as diverse as Gainsborough, Hogarth, Hambling and Hamilton.

  • £16 per person
  • Duration: 1 hour talk

 

Photography

Portrait photography is a fundamental part of the Gallery’s Collection and the works included in this tour will showcase selected personalities and photographers on display at the time of your visit.

  • £16 per person
  • Duration: 1 hour talk




The Real Tudors: Kings and Queens Re-discovered

12 September 2014 – 1 March 2015

Discover how recent research has provided new insights into portraits of the Tudor monarchs in this special display.


  • £16 per person
  • Duration: 1 hour talk





How to book


To discuss your group’s requirements and to book please call 020 7312 2483 or email education@npg.org.uk.

Group tours and lectures are available for cultural, educational and membership organisations Monday–Friday 10.30–16.00 subject to availability.

Groups larger than 30 people will begin their tour with an illustrated lecture in the Ondaatje Wing Theatre followed by time to explore the Collection. Groups smaller than 15 people will be charged a minimum fee.

To ensure we can fulfil your requirements we recommend booking as early as possible. A cancellation fee equal to 50% of the total fee is payable if less than 28 days notice of cancellation is given or if the group fail to attend on the day. Group Tours and Exhibition Lectures cannot be booked in conjunction with any other offers or discounts.

A separate programme is available to UK and EU University groups. Corporate tours are only available to the Gallery’s Corporate Supporters, contact the Development Team on 020 7321 6607. We welcome self-guided groups to the Gallery but pre-booking is essential.

The Gallery’s exhibitions and displays change regularly and our team will respond to the current portraits on show. Where possible we recommend booking two months in advance.