Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Galleries

1 Queen Street, Edinburgh, City Of Edinburgh, EH2 1JD

    Visit one of Edinburgh’s most iconic buildings and explore a fascinating overview of Scotland past and present though a wealth of imagery encompassing painting, photography, sculpture and film

    Meet the people who have helped shape the nation’s identity at home and abroad from Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie, to contemporary figures such as James McAvoy and Susan Boyle.

    Explore the outstanding national Collection in its newly refurbished 19th century home, from the suite of grand, top-lit galleries to smaller, intimate rooms, and discover the new Photography Gallery and the atmospheric Victorian Library.  The building’s elaborate Arts and Crafts decorative scheme, its glittering friezes, evocative murals and extensive sculptural embellishment, make for a very special visitor experience.

    Round off your trip to the Portrait Gallery with a visit to the café. Serving a delicious menu of fresh dishes and classic recipes, our team are passionate about sourcing the very best local ingredients and seasonal produce. A great place for lunch or even just a coffee break, our family-friendly venue is one of the best cafés in Edinburgh.

    Admission is free. Charges may apply for special exhibitions.

    Opening Hours
    Open daily 10am-5pm (6pm for August only). Thursdays until 7pm..
    Closed 25 and 26 December and open on 1 January from 12 noon


    Artlink runs a service enabling people with disabilities resident in Edinburgh and the Lothians to visit arts venues in the city. To register, telephone 0131 229 3555. Please note that there is a waiting list for this service.

     

    Gradings
    4 Visitor Attraction
    Awards
    Mobility difficulties
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2014 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2014

    Children

    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome

    Facilities

    • ASVA Member

    Location

    • City Centre

    Special Requirements

    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • Groups Welcome
    • School Groups Welcome

    Domestic

    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop

    Payment Methods

    • American Express Card
    • Mastercard
    • Solo Card
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card

    Transport within Scotland

    For public transport information to visit here from within Scotland, enter your postcode and visit date below.

    Journey Planner

    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • a public toilet
      • a public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair
      • the gift shop
      • the information point
      • the ticket issuing point

    Cafeteria / Restaurant

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to the :
      • cafeteria
    • Catering staff provide meals for guests with special dietary requirements

    Lift

    • There is a lift
      • Lift buttons have raised numbers or letters
      • There are verbal announcements for stops at each floor

    Staff

    • Staff who have contact with visitors have disability awareness training

    Attraction Entrance

    • There is a ramp to the main entrance

    General

    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for visitors with limited mobility
      • some routes
    • Seating available throughout the attraction at appropriate intervals, for visitors with limited mobility
    • Wheelchairs provided
      • These are freely available
    • There is a visual alarm system
    • Clear signage throughout the attraction (e.g. colour contrasted, large lettering, use of pictograms etc.)
    • Where appropriate there is a hearing loop system [e.g. ticket counter/ gift shop]
    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for wheelchair users
      • some routes
    • There is an audible alarm system

    Parking

    • The route from the parking area to the nearest public entrance is :
      • with a ramp
    • Parking provided for visitors
      • With designated parking for visitors with disabilities
    • There is a drop-off point for guests immediately outside the main entrance

    Ticket / Information / Gift Shop [where applicable]

    • Information available in alternative formats
      • Other, please specify Have hearing induciont loop points

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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