Entry to the building is free of charge, although there are ticket prices for special exhibitions that go on throughout the year. Disabled visitors are entitled to visit the Gallery at the Concessionary rates and their carers are admitted free of charge.
The Portrait Restaurant will be closed from Tuesday 22nd May until Sunday 3rd June 2018 for essential maintenance works. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please click here for more updates on current temporary closures.
Address: National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE
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.
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.
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.
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.
Closing commences at 17.50 and 20.50. Mondays - Floors 1 and 2 open at 11:00. Ticket Desk closes/last admission to paying exhibitions 45 minutes or 1 hour before Gallery closes (see exhibition pages for details).