Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

4.6
Art Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
Gaze upon the faces of the aristocracy at Scottish National Portrait Gallery, where visages from Scotland's nobility are preserved in paint. In fact, all the paintings in the gallery depict Scots. Two portraits of Mary Queen of Scots were painted after her death. The Gothic revival building also houses the Scottish National Photography Collection, which stands in stark contrast to the royal portraiture. Seek out photographs of the slums of Glasgow in the 19th century, which depict the deplorable living conditions of the poor. Add Scottish National Portrait Gallery to your Edinburgh travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Edinburgh road trip planning tool.
Create an itinerary including Scottish National Portrait Gallery
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Scottish National Portrait Gallery reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
2,674 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • A good place to see famous people of Scotland. Educational and pleasant experience! The building is in good condition, nice and clean! Would definitely recommend to friends!  more »
  • We visited the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in March, just before lockdown. It is a spectacular red sandstone gothic-style building which is really imposing. It is just as magnificent...  more »
Google
  • I really enjoyed my visit to the gallery. The gallery is over a number of floors and highlights various eras of art. Lots of interesting styles to keep the attention going. I particularly liked the contemporary art (although some of the photography was a bit challenging!). Worth a visit and the cafe was a nice place to rest and refuel - cake is good, right?
  • Excellent place to spend a few hours away from the crowds in Edinburgh. It's full of portraits, busts, paintings, sculptures and photos all with a Scottish connection. When I visited in August 2019 there was a beautiful portrait of Her Majesty the Queen in the regalia of the Chief of the Clans. Situated a stones throw from the main bus station, the gallery is highly recommended and best of all, free to visit.
  • Build a plan

    Tell us where and when you
    want to go, we will build
    the best sightseeing itinerary
  • Refine it

    You have complete flexibility on your destinations and itinerary
  • Book as a package

    Use our travel agents to get
    package savings and hassle free booking
  • Enjoy your trip!

    Enjoy our 24x7
    on-trip assistance

Popular things to do in Edinburgh

See all ›
4.4
Duration: 3 hours
4.5
Duration: 3 hours
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
5.0
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Edinburgh

See all ›
4.7
Duration: 3 hours
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Edinburgh

See all ›
4.1
Duration: 1 hour
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.5
Duration: 1 hour
4.5
Duration: 1 hour

Side trips from Edinburgh

4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in Edinburgh

4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.5
Duration: 1 hour
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min

Nearby attractions in Edinburgh

4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min

Plans to Scottish National Portrait Gallery by other users

See more plans