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.

For information on school group visits please see our schools and colleges section.


Bespoke and Specialist Tours

Explore the diversity of the Gallery’s Collection and our specialist display programme through a tailored tour and enjoy an in-depth look at your group’s specific interest or one of our changing displays.


  • £21 per person
  • Duration: 1 hour



Exhibition Lectures

 Linda Evangelista at the International Collections by Patrick Demarchelier, 1991. Patrick Demarchelier Inc. © The Condé Nast Publications LtdVogue 100: A Century of Style

11 February – 22 May 2016

A major exhibition showcasing the remarkable range of photography commissioned by British Vogue since it was founded in 1916.

  • £28 per person (price includes exhibition entry)
  • Duration: 1 hour lecture followed by time to explore the exhibition

Russia and the Arts: The Age of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky

17 March 2016 – 26 June 2016

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a selection of masterpieces on loan from the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.

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

BP Portrait Award 2016

23 June –4 September 2016

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

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

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016

17 November 2016 – 26 February 2017

A unique opportunity to see sixty new works by some of the most exciting contemporary portrait photographers.

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

Collection Tours

Highlights

Whether your group is visiting the Gallery for the first time or has an interest in British history, learn more about the Gallery and the Collection through a selection of portraits from the 1,000 on display.

  • £16 per person
  • Duration: 1 hour talk

Kings & Queens

A fascinating tour covering six centuries of British royalty beginning with King Henry VII and moving through some of the most powerful people who helped to shape the nation.

  • £16 per person
  • Duration: 1 hour talk

Tudors

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

  • £16 per person
  • Duration: 1 hour talk


Stuarts & the Civil War

Discover this most turbulent time in British history, which saw plots, revolution, the execution of a King and years of Civil War, the plague and the Great Fire of London.

  • £16 per person
  • Duration: 1 hour talk


Enlightenment to Reform

Journey back to the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, a golden age of science, music, theatre and thought, but also a time of reform and the birth of modern democracy.

  • £16 per person
  • Duration: 1 hour talk

The Victorians

Discover more about the people who made Britain the world’s first industrialised commercial power and the empire that sustained it.

  • £16 per person
  • Duration: 1 hour talk


Modernism

Learn about the makings of the modern world through revolutions in art, literature and culture taking in the First World War, the Bloomsbury Group and the suffragette movement.

  • £16 per person
  • Duration: 1 hour talk

Contemporary Culture

Enjoy a tour of familiar faces created in a wide range of media, investigating issues of diversity, achievement and celebrity in today’s society.

  • £16 per person
  • Duration: 1 hour talk

Portraiture

Investigate portraiture, identity and representation as you explore the Gallery’s finest portraits and self-portraits, examining artistic technique .

  • £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.