A colour photo looking through two arched doorways in the Gallery past portraits in gold frames hanging on red walls

Whether you're visiting in a group, want to discover our portraits in a guided tour, or prefer a digital guide to follow at your own pace, we have a range of options for touring the National Portrait Gallery.

Free daily tours

Our Visitor Experience team run free daily talks and tours in the Gallery.

Highlights tours take place at 11.00 and 15.00 and last for about 45 minutes.

Portrait of the day talks take place at 12.30 and 14.00 and last for about 30 minutes.

Find details on our Events calendar.

Note: our free talks and tours are subject to change.

Group tours

Private tour groups can book as a self-led group for up to ten people. 

We also offer an exclusive, expert-led programme of specialist tours that enable your group to see the treasures of the Gallery and enjoy a rich and engaging experience.

To find out more about bringing a group to the Gallery, see our Groups page.

Audio tours

Download our free digital guide on Bloomberg Connects for audio tours, exclusive exhibition content and more. Please remember to bring your own headphones on your visit in order to use the audio content in the Gallery.

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Meet the portraits

Explore the famous faces and much-loved works on display through our Meet the portraits audio tour (running time 60 minutes).

Meet the portraits is available on the app in:

  • English (with captions)
  • French
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Italian
  • British Sign Language

An audio-described version of the tour is available below, as well as on the digital guide and via raised button players in the Gallery. A tactile map is available at the Information Desk, Floor 0.

The BSL tour is available as a playlist on YouTube as well as on the Digital guide.

Changemakers and campaigners

Hear stories including those of suffragette Dame Christabel Pankhurst, abolitionist Olaudah Equiano and environmental campaigner Sir David Attenborough in this 30 minute tour of activists in the NPG's Collection.