Group Visits

Group Visits

Group Visits

Find out how to book a private tour or lecture

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.

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

Download the latest Group Tours leaflet below:

Group Tours leaflet

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.


  • £22 per person
  • Duration: 1 hour

Exhibition Lectures

BP Portrait Award 2018

14 June - 23 September, 2018

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

Michael Jackson: On the Wall

28 June – 21 October, 2018

This landmark exhibition, curated by Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery explores the influence of Michael Jackson on some of the leading names in contemporary art, spanning several generations of artists across all media.


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

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2018

18 October 2018 – 27 January, 2019

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

Gainsborough’s Family Album

22 November 2018 - 3 February 2019

Featuring over fifty works from public and private collections across the world, Gainsborough’s Family Album will provide a unique insight into the private life and motivations of Thomas Gainsborough (1727–88), one of Britain’s greatest artists.


  • £25 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

Rebel Women

In the centenary year of the Representation of the People Act, be inspired the main protagonists of the women's movement who campaigned for suffrage and by the trailblazing women who came before them.


  • £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.