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Getting here and opening hours

Getting here and opening hours

Getting here and opening hours


Admission prices

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.

Getting here

Address: National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE

Telephone: 020 7306 0055

Telephone: 020 7306 0055

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Step-free access

Step-free access is via 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 .


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.

By rail

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 on Orange Street which can be reached via Haymarket.

For further transport information contact 0843 222 1234 or go to the Transport for London website

For information about parking for Blue Badge holders in the surrounding area please go to

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.

Bicycle parking

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.

For more information please visit Westminster Cycling Campaign or Westminster City Council.

Please note: the National Portrait Gallery Cloakroom does not accept folding bicycles. Folding bicycles can be stored at Charing Cross Station Left Luggage.

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Opening hours

Eat, Drink, Shop, people reading books in the bookshop

Gallery, Bookshop and Giftshop

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).

The Gallery is closed 24-26 December

Monday 10:00-18:00
Tuesday 10:00-18:00
Wednesday 10:00-18:00
Thursday 10:00-18:00
Friday 10:00-21:00
Saturday 10:00-18:00
Sunday 10:00-18:00

Eat, Drink & Shop

Heinz Archive & Library, visitor researching in the Heinz Archive library

Heinz Archive & Library

Open by appointment only. To make an appointment, please phone 020 7321 6617 (Type Talk: 18001) or email [email protected].

Tuesday 10:00-17:00
Wednesday 10:00-17:00
Thursday 10:00-17:00
Saturday CLOSED

Visit our Archive & Library

National Portrait Gallery late nightFREE entry, Every Friday
18.00 – 21.00

Our new Friday Lates offer creativity, inspiration, conversation and a social space where everyone is welcome.

Join us this Friday

Portrait Restaurant, Afternoon tea at national portrait gallery

Portrait Restaurant

Located on Floor 3

In line with UK government guidance, the National Portrait Gallery, London will temporarily close from Wednesday 18 March 2020 until further notice, in order to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and ensure the safety and wellbeing of our visitors and staff.

Breakfast (Last orders 11.30)
Monday-Sunday 10:00-11:00
Lunch (Last orders 15.00)
Monday-Sunday 12:00-14:45
Afternoon Tea (Last orders 16.30 for drinks 17.00)
Monday-Sunday 15:30-17:00
Dinner (Last orders for food 20.30, for drinks 21.45)
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 18:30-22:00
Pre Theatre (Last orders 18.45)
Thursday, Friday & Saturday  17:30-18:30

Book a table

Portrait Cafe, visitors enjoying tea

Portrait Café

Located on Floor -3

Monday 10:00-17:00
Tuesday 10:00-17:00
Wednesday 10:00-17:00
Thursday 10:00-17:00
Friday 10:00-20:00
Saturday 10:00-17:00
Sunday 10:00-17:00

Visit our Café

visitors drinking wine at the portrait restaurant and bar

Portrait Bar

Located in the Portrait Restaurant on Floor 3

Monday 10:00-17:00
Tuesday 10:00-17:00
Wednesday 10:00-17:00
Thursday 10:00-22:00*
Friday 10:00-22:00*
Saturday  10:00-22:00
Sunday 10:00-17:00

* Food last orders 20.30, drinks last orders 21.45

Have a drink