London, the capital city of England, is a leading tourist destination. Being a proud home of wonders and attractions, London has never stopped enticing almost 15 million travelers each year that makes it one of the most-visited cities of the world. Showing strength in art, one of the notable attractions of London are its museums and galleries, including the National Gallery, which is hailed as one of the most significant museums not just in England, but in the whole world.
No one leaves London without taking a glance at the National Gallery. Since its establishment in 1824, the National Gallery has become one of the prominent structures found on Trafalgar Square. This huge complex beams with almost 2,000 collections of Western European artworks originating from the middle ages up to the 20th century.
When it comes to priceless and timeless paintings, names such as Reubens, Van Gogh, Turner, Leonardo Da Vinci, Monet and Rembrandt dominate the scene. The National Gallery provides a place for the treasured works of these masters, and the public can appreciate their art pieces for free. The gallery is highlighted by 30 important paintings, including van Gogh’s Sunflowers, Michelangelo’s The Entombment, Rembrandt’s Self Portrait At The Age of 34, Thomas Gainsborough’s Mr. and Mrs. Andrews, Jan Gossaert’s The Adoration of the Kings, and Paolo Uccello’s The Battle of San Romano.
The National Gallery is indeed a tourist-friendly attraction. Visitors are equipped with an audio guide and commentaries for over 1000 paintings are heard in eight languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian. The audio guide is such a useful feature that gives background to the famous collections, allowing the spectators to learn the remarkable story behind each art piece. Maps are also great options for navigating National Gallery with ease. And there will never be a hassle when one feels hunger while on tour, as there are dining options in and around the National Gallery, ready to satisfy the hunger and quench the thirst.
Due to its vast size and extremely huge collection, touring the entire National Gallery can put one in awe, and the gallery likely leads one to oblivion. But because the National Gallery is divided into different portions, tourists with no luxury of time have the option to sight one wing, then come back the next day for the other wings. Many tourists prefer seeing the gallery’s Sainsbury (West) Wing, North Wing and East Wing in separate trips.
The National Gallery also organizes activities that can be enjoyed by everyone, even the little ones. There are holiday workshops available for the youngsters, while there are arranged trips that are suited for families. Friday Lates is a great way to end the week, where they can dine and relax in the soothing music of the bar in the Sainsbury Wing.