Group Visits

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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.


  • £22 per person
  • Duration: 1 hour

 


Exhibition Lectures

Jean by Jean-Paul Tibbles, 2015 © Jean-Paul Tibbles

BP Portrait Award 2017

22 June – 24 September 2017

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

  • £22 per person (price includes exhibition entry)
  • Duration: 1 hour lecture followed by time to explore the exhibition

 

Portrait of unknown bearded man; head and shoulders turned slightly to the left, looking to front by an Unknown venetian artist, c.1500  © Trustees of the British Museum

The Encounter: Drawings from Leonardo to Rembrandt

13 July – 22 October 2017

An exhibition focused on Renaissance and Baroque portrait drawing from the life at a period of extraordinary artistic ingenuity across Europe.

  • £22 per person (price includes exhibition entry)
  • Duration: 1 hour lecture followed by time to explore the exhibition

 

Boy in a Red Waistcoat by Paul Cézanne, 1888-90, National Gallery of Art, Washington. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art, 1995. 47.5

Cézanne Portraits

26 October 2017 – 11 February 2018

A major exhibition devoted to the portraits of Paul Cézanne, considered one of the most influential artists of the nineteenth century.

  • £30 per person (price includes exhibition entry)
  • Duration: 1 hour lecture followed by time to explore the exhibition

 

16.02.20 #1 Thea+Maxwell from the series Surfland by Joni Sternbach, February 2016 © Joni SternbachTaylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

16 November 2017 – 18 February 2018

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

  • £22 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.

  • £18 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.

  • £18 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.

  • £18 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.

  • £18 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.

  • £18 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.

  • £18 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.

  • £18 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.

  • £18 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 .

  • £18 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.


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