Location: Trafalgar Sq., London, WC2
Tube Station: Charing Cross, Leicester Sq. - Map of National Gallery
Category: Museums, Galleries
Phone: 020/7747-2885
Price: Free, charge for special exhibitions
Hours: Daily 10-6, Wed. until 9; 1-hr free guided tour starts at Sainsbury Wing daily at 11:30 and 2:30, and additionally 6 and 6:30 Wed, 12:30 and 3:30 Sat.
Website: http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk

Just at the end of Trafalgar square, you can visit the National Gallery. This is a world famous art gallery, containing over 2300 paintings, including the “The Virgin of the Rocks” by Leonardo Da Vinci. It was founded in 1824 and its collection of painting range from the middle of the 13th Century to 1900.

The building has survived through wars and been extended and refurbished many times. Not only that, but additions to the building have been developed for more exhibitions and it has been expanded to accommodate more visitors.

Being a National Gallery, it is free of charge to the general public, although occasionally there are special exhibitions that require a small entrance fee. The building was made into a Museum initially due to the lack of Museums in the country at the time.

You can reach both of these famous landmarks within the Capital by tube - Charing Cross on the Northern line and Bakerloo line, Embankment on the District and Circle lines and Leicester Square on the Northern and Piccadilly lines. You can also reach them through many of the bus routes that travel through the capital and also by train. It is not advisable to travel to this location by car, not only for it’s lack of parking but also the congestion charge that was introduced a few years ago.

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