Recent Searches
Clear
To limit the spread of the coronavirus, attractions may be closed or have partial closures. Please consult government travel advisories before booking. The WHO is closely monitoring the coronavirus and more information can be found here.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery Tours

Scottish National Portrait Gallery
See Scotland’s famous faces rendered in paint, pencil, marble, bronze, and on film, in this vast Venetian Gothic-style building. Famous Scots and well-known figures from throughout history, from Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charles to Tilda Swinton and Sean Connery, are all immortalized here in various forms. 

The Basics
The Scottish National Portrait Gallery can be explored independently. Visitors make their own way through the many galleries, which range from intimate exhibition spaces to the grand Great Hall, where an elaborate painted frieze by William Hole depicts famous figures from Scottish history. 

Free guided tours are available on select dates. These often focus on a particular theme or exhibit. Some tours can be booked in advance while others are on a drop-in basis. Special exhibitions occasionally require a separate admission ticket. Workshops, including life drawing and family-oriented classes, are also held at the museum. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is a must for art lovers. 
  • Free Wi-Fi is available at the museum.
  • The gallery has a café and a shop selling jewelry, crafts, ceramics, prints, and souvenirs.
  • The gallery is wheelchair accessible. 

How to Get There
The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is situated on Queen Street in central Edinburgh. The nearest train station is Edinburgh Waverley. From there, take the Princes Street exit, cross the street and walk through St. Andrew Square, before turning left onto Queen Street. Bus routes 10, 11, 12, 16, 26, and 44 all stop near the gallery.

When to Get There
The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is busiest on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Go midweek or in the morning on the weekend to escape the crowds. 

Scottish National Galleries
The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is one of three National Galleries of Scotland, all of which are located in Edinburgh. The Scottish National Gallery, which focuses on Scottish art from the Renaissance through to the early 20th century, is just a 10-minute walk away on the Mound. The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, which is devoted to 20th- and 21st-century works, is a 30-minute walk away. A gallery bus travels between the three locations and drops off (but does not pick up) passengers at the National Portrait Gallery.
Address: 1 Queen St, Edinburgh, Scotland
Read More

6 Tours and Activities to Experience Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Filter
Select Dates
Today
Tomorrow




Free Cancellation:Get a full refund up to 24 hours in advance on most experiences.See Details
Sort by:Featured
Ricky's Ultimate City Bike Tour!

Ricky's Ultimate City Bike Tour!

star-5
Let Riccardo show you the best places and secret spots of Edinburgh on his Ultimate City Tour! Riccardo has been riding and guiding, day in day out, in the European Alps and Scotland for nearly a decade. You'll struggle to find anyone with as much skill, enthusiasm and experience in the field of bicycle guiding. Riccardo is a professionally qualified UK bike guide and he is up to date with Outdoor First Aid certification, training and child protection qualifications. With all of this training and experience he is able to provide top class, safe and knowledgable guided rides to all levels and group sizes, both in the city and out in the mountains.
More
  • 3 to 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$77.58
From
$77.58
Taking safety measures

Victorian wonders: the New Town

Victorian wonders: the New Town

The "New Edinburgh in Georgian and Victorian times" tour offers a unique prospective of 19th century Edinburgh, covering a gap of time stretching from the construction of the first new neighborhoods of the New Town until the death of Queen Victoria in 1901. Have a taste of the expensive and fancy life of the Georgians Edinburghers and don't miss the chance to discover all the Victorian inventions and innovations which we still use today! Get to know the people that made it possible, from writers like Arthur Conan Doyle or Robert Luis Stevenson, to doctors like James Young Simpson, to scientists like James Clerk Maxwell and Joseph Black.
More
  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$29.29
Price varies by group size
From
$29.29
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Edinburgh half day / full day tour with Hugh

Edinburgh half day / full day tour with Hugh

I qualified as a Blue Badge tourist guide in 2014, after 2 years of training. Since then I have shown this city where I live to hundreds of visitors, of all ages and backgrounds. As a former British diplomat, a retired ambassador, I also work in German or Spanish. I can tailor your tour to what you wish to do - the main sites, themed tours, hidden gems or a bit of a mix. . For example:- • we can head up to the castle, home of the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny • Old Edinburgh: we can walk down the Royal Mile from the Castle to Holyrood House (the Queen's official residence in Scotland) and the Scottish Parliament • we can admire the architecture of the New Town and hear about the people who lived there • or visit some places that are said to have inspired JK Rowling when she was writing Harry Potter • or visit the National Museum of Scotland or the Scottish National Gallery Or we can take a walk along the Water of Leith to the Dean Village or trendy Stockbridge.
More
  • 2 to 4 hours
From
$351.30
per group
From
$351.30
per group

Art Walking Tour in Georgian Edinburgh

Art Walking Tour in Georgian Edinburgh

This walking tour was written with the idea that it would uncover some of Edinburgh's lesser known characters who have achieved things but have been ignored in other tours in the city. The tour is also an Arts tour which is something that isn't catered for particularly well in Edinburgh. It covers music, literature, theatre, sculpture, dance halls and painting as well as trying to offer some general Edinburgh history too.
More
  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$29.29
From
$29.29

Edinburgh half day / full day tour with Joe

Edinburgh half day / full day tour with Joe

All of our guides are qualified as Blue Badge guides, certified by the Scottish Tourist Guides Association and all hold Professional Indemnity Insurance. This means they have completed 2 years of study in a number of areas including storytelling, history, architecture, literature, group management, Emergency First Aid and archaeology. Jane has a flair for bringing history to life but also noticing when you need a coffee break or a stop for some food ! All of our tours are adapted to suit your interests and needs - whether that be only a few hours or a specific interest that you have. Please get in touch for a tour tailored to your requirement. When you book, your guide contact details will be sent to you and you can agree meeting point and time.
More
  • 2 to 4 hours
From
$343.99
per group
From
$343.99
per group

Edinburgh half day / full day with Mike

Edinburgh half day / full day with Mike

Engage the services of a Blue Badge qualified tourist guide - we are qualified, friendly, knowledgeable and great storytellers ! We can tailor your tour to what you wish to do - the main sites, themed tours, hidden gems or a bit of a mix. Here are a few ideas :- • King of the castle - Head to the castle and hear about "the dirty wee rascals" as the rhyme goes ! • Old Edinburgh - explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site - alleys, riots, religious turmoil and academic Enlightenment • Edinburgh New Town - hear about the people who used to live there and the architectural gems of 18th century buildings and beyond • Tour some places that are said to have inspired JK Rowling when she was writing Harry Potter • Go on a guided tour of some of Edinburgh's wonderful museums and art galleries • Visit some Outlander filming locations and hear about the Jacobites in Edinburgh • Off the beaten track - a walk down the Water of Leith to trendy Stockbridge Book your guide now !
More
  • 2 to 8 hours
From
$343.99
per group
From
$343.99
per group

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What's the best way to experience Scottish National Portrait Gallery?