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.

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

Bespoke and Specialist Tours


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


Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends

12 February – 25 May 2015

The Fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy by John Singer Sargent, 1907. Friends of American Art Collection, 1914.57, The Art Institute of Chicago.

An outstanding selection of daring, personal and distinctive works by the greatest portrait painter of his generation.


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

Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions

12 March – 7 June 2015

Wellington by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1829 © Timothy Clode Collection

Marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, this exhibition explores Wellington’s political and military career as well as his personal life.


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

 

BP Portrait Award 2015

18 June – 20 September 2015

Jean Woods by Richard Twose, 2014 © Richard Twose

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

 

Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

2 July – 18 October 2015

Audrey Hepburn by Angus McBean, October 1950 © reserved; National Portrait Gallery, London

An exhibition of more than sixty defining images exploring the life and work of this much loved twentieth century icon.


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

Giacometti: Pure Presence

15 October 2015 – 10 January 2016

Alberto Giacometti by Ida Kar, 1954

A major exhibition of paintings, sculpture and drawings exploring the evocation of a human presence by one of the twentieth century’s leading artists.


  • £26.50 per person (price includes exhibition entry)
  • Duration: 1 hour lecture followed by time to explore the exhibition

 

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015

12 November 2015 – 21 February 2016

Arvi from the series Father and Son by Sami Parkkinen, 2014 © Sami Parkkinen

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

 

Stuarts & the Civil War

Enjoy tales of notoriety, pleasure-seeking and excess from this turbulent time in British history through figures such as Sir Isaac Newton and Samuel Pepys.

  • £16 per person
  • Duration: 1 hour talk

 

Rebellion to Reform

Journey back to the eighteenth century where Garrick and Handel filled London theatres and artists as writers and politicians wrestled with moral and social conflicts.

  • £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, T.S. Eliot, 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 from David Beckham sleeping to Marc Quinn’s iconic ‘Self’.

  • £16 per person
  • Duration: 1 hour talk




Portraiture

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


  • £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.