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Meet the Locals Tour

Meet the Locals Tour

Meet the Locals Tour

Say hello to Britain’s most famous faces.

There is no better place to meet the locals than the National Portrait Gallery, home to the world’s most extensive collection of personalities, all with a story to tell. From Shakespeare to Sheeran, Elizabeth I to McCartney and Holbein to Hockney come and meet the people who have shaped Britain. Admission free.


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King Henry VIII; King Henry VII
by Hans Holbein the Younger
circa 1536-1537
NPG 4027

Queen Elizabeth I
by Unknown English artist
circa 1600
NPG 5175

William Shakespeare
associated with John Taylor
circa 1600-1610

Oliver Cromwell
by Robert Walker
circa 1649
NPG 536

Jane Austen
by Cassandra Austen
circa 1810
NPG 3630

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From building dens to food faces – enjoy our Playful Portraits activities and find out about some brilliant people!

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