National Portrait Gallery

A Museums & Art Galleries in Edinburgh City Centre

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Designed by Sir Robert Rowand Anderson, the neo-Gothic red sandstone building that houses the Scottish National Portrait Gallery was built in the 1880\'s. Although not all of the artists whose works appear here are Scottish, all of the subjects are. Classic works such as Mary, Queen of Scots, Allan Ramsay\'s portrait of David Hume, Alexander Nasmyth\'s portrait of Robert Burns, and Sir Henry Raeburn\'s Sir Walter Scott hang alongside more modern icons like John Bellany\'s Sean Connery, David Mach\'s Alex Ferguson and Calum Colvin\'s constructed portrait photograph of James MacMillan. Fri - Wed 10:00 - 17:00 Thu 10:00 - 19:00 Closed 25/26 Dec. Open 1 January from 12:00 - 17:00 Free Cafe, shop, disabled access and toilets

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Edinburgh City Centre

The Old Town of Edinburgh is built on a ridge that rises gradually from the Palace of Holyrood to Edinburgh Castle. There are staircase lanes, called Wynds, that lead off this 'Royal Mile' that give the impression of the city being built on multiple levels and buildings that date from the 11th Century. The New Town is also a World Heritage Site with its mix of Georgian town houses and the earliest examples in Europe of tenement flats. The views to be had from the Castle, Arthur's Seat and Calton Hill are dramatic and inspiring.