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National Gallery Highlights Tour

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  • 2.5 Hours
  • Private tour for groups up to 10
  • Guaranteed to avoid long lines
  • Perfect for children
  • Fun quiz available

Our National Gallery private tour starts in the Sainsbury Wing, which is the newest addition to the gallery. Here, you’ll learn about the oldest paintings in the gallery by some of the most famous early European artists. One of the oldest paintings dates back to the 13th Century. Your Blue Badge Guide will help you compare it with a piece by da Vinci or Botticelli to learn how art evolved during that period.

Once we are finished in the Sainsbury Wing, we move to the main building. The gallery is more or less organised in chronological order, so we pick up where we left off.

Paintings by Raphael, Titian, or Holbein are waiting for us before we move on to see the Dutch master Rembrandt. Two of his self-portraits are on display, whilst they are close in location, they depict the change in his appearance over 3 decades.

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Now heading towards more recent paintings, we will explore several rooms where you are surrounded by masterpieces by Monet, Van Gogh, and more. Yes, we do have a version of the Sunflowers by Van Gogh, but that’s not the only painting by this amazing artist. Admire his talent whilst listen to his fascinating life stories and asking questions of your guide during your private National Gallery highlights tour.

Your children will appreciate one particular painting called “Surprised!” What kind of animal can you see creeping through the painting?

We finish the tour at the main corridor of the gallery, where you have the chance to browse the gift shop or unwind with a cup of tea.

*Please keep in mind that the gallery changes the order of the paintings and also loans paintings for exhibitions, as well as restores them. The tour will be adapted to make the most of the pieces on offer on that particular day. Paintings are also sometimes removed from display, so your guide may adapt the tour to make the most of the current display.

You might also like our British Museum Highlights Tour to learn more about the plentiful array of artefacts and treasures housed in the museum. Having trouble deciding which tour is best for you? Feel free to get in touch and we’ll be happy to help!

National Gallery Highlights Tour

  • Da Vinci Virgin of the rocks
  • Hans Holbein The Ambassadors
  • Titian Bacchus and Ariadne
  • Rembrandt Self Portrait
  • Van Gogh Sunflowers


Price for your group tour is £391

Departure Point

National Gallery, Sainsbury Wing Entrance, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN. By prior arrangement, your guide can meet you at your central London hotel.

Departure Time

Daily 10:00am, 2:00pm


Your Guide will meet you at the Sainsbury Wing Entrance opposite the Canadian High Commission. Your Guide will be holding a sign showing the lead customer name.

Why should you book a tour with our Blue Badge Guides?

  • All of our Guides are Blue Badge holders, this is Britain’s highest professional tourist-guiding qualification, they are the only external guides able to show you around the most famous attractions.
  • Blue Badge guides are carefully selected for an intensive 2 year course culminating in an extensive series of exams in all aspects of History, Art, Architecture, Contemporary Britain and much more
  • Your time on holiday is precious, let our expert team make it memorable for all the right reasons
  • We pride ourselves on being able to tailor tours to your interest, our guides strive to bring your tour to life, making it enjoyable for all ages

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