Scottish National Gallery

Overview

Situated in the heart of Edinburgh, the Scottish National Gallery is home to one of the best collections of fine art in the world.

Open daily, 10am-5pm. Thursdays until 7pm

Free admission | Charge for some exhibitions

The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

[email protected]

The Gallery

The Scottish National Gallery displays some of the greatest art in the world, including masterpieces by Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Constable, Turner, Monet, Van Gogh and Gauguin, amongst many others. The most comprehensive  part of the collection covers the history of Scottish painting – all the major names, including Ramsay, Raeburn, Wilkie and McTaggart, are represented.

The Scottish National Gallery comprises both the National Gallery Building and the Royal Scottish Academy Building. Both of these buildings, designed by William Henry Playfair, stand in the heart of Edinburgh. Although originally built as separate structures, their histories have long been intertwined, and, since 2004, they have been physically connected by the underground Gardens Level.

Getting here

The Scottish National Gallery can be found just off Princes Street in the city centre.

In addition to the transport options below there are bike racks at each site and Just Eat Cycle Hire stations nearby.

  • Open daily, 10am-5pm. Thursdays until 7pm
The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

Gallery bus

The gallery bus is currently not wheelchair accessible.

The Gallery bus shuttles visitors between the three gallery sites, for a voluntary donation of £1, starting and returning to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern Two).

Pick-up and drop-off points
Modern One - front of building
Modern Two - rear of building
Portrait - drop-off only at west St Andrew Square. Three minutes walk from the Gallery
National - The Mound 

Arrival/departure times
Please note these times are approximate.

Modern One arrive Modern One depart Portrait (drop off only) National arrive National depart
10:45am 11am 11:15am 11:20am 11:30am
11:45am 12noon 12:15pm 12:20pm 12:30pm
12:45pm 2pm 2:15pm 2:20pm 2:30pm
2:45pm 3pm 3:15pm 3:20pm 3:30pm
3:45pm 4pm 4:15pm 4:20pm 4:30pm
Terminates at Modern One 4:45pm

Accessibility & facilities

We are currently working on improving our galleries. During this time some rooms will be closed and some facilities will be temporarily removed. There will be limited disabled access to some areas.

Find out more about disabled access at the Scottish National Gallery

  • Information desk
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchairs available
  • Public toilets
  • Lockers (£1/£2)
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Seating throughout
  • Bike rack
Admissions

Admissions

Cost

Free admission | Charge for some exhibitions

Opening times

Open daily, 10am - 5pm, Thursday until 7 pm

Contact

For general enquiries regarding your visit or gallery services:
+44 (0)131 624 6200
[email protected]

Your safety

For safety reasons we kindly ask all visitors to carry rucksacks or backpacks by hand or use one of the lockers.

Groups of 10 or more

Due to ongoing work to dramatically improve the way we present Scotland's art we are only able to take one group booking to the Scottish National Gallery per day. So make sure you book early to secure your place. There is a full activity schedule at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art .

Other languages

Other languages

We have information to help plan a visit available in a number of languages other than English. You can access these from the links below:

Featured exhibitions and displays

Featured exhibitions and displays

Display

Painting as Spectacle

National

Until Fri 28 Feb 2020

Open daily, 10am-5pm. Thursdays until 7pm

Free

Display

Scottish Art 1670 — 1840

National

Until Fri 28 Feb 2020

Open daily, 10am-5pm. Thursdays until 7pm

Free

Display

Italian Renaissance 1470 — 1600

National

Until Wed 30 Sep 2020

Open daily, 10am-5pm. Thursdays until 7pm

Free

Exhibition Coming Soon

Turner in January

National

Wed 1 Jan 2020 - Fri 31 Jan 2020

Open daily, 10am-5pm. Thursdays until 7pm

Free

Featured events

Featured events

Lecture or talk

Opening Talk: Scotland's Photograph Album

National

Tue 19 Nov 2019

6 - 7pm

Free

Our Friends
Lecture or talk

Aberdeen Art Gallery: Glimpses

National

Wed 20 Nov 2019

6:30 - 8:30pm

£14.00

Lecture or talk

Watson Gordon Lecture: Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw

National

Thu 21 Nov 2019

6 - 7pm

Free

Lecture or talk

Opening Talk: Paula Rego | Obedience and Defiance

National

Sat 23 Nov 2019

12 noon - 1pm

Free

Cafés & shops

The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant

Open Monday-Saturday, 9am-4.45pm
Thursday until 6.45pm
Sunday, 10am-4.45pm
+44 (0)131 225 1550

The award-winning Scottish Cafe & Restaurant is run by the Contini family and is located at the gardens level entrance to the Scottish National Gallery with incredible views across Princes Street Gardens towards Waverley Bridge. Victor and Carina Contini are committed to sustainable practices and buy direct from a trusted network of over 70 Scottish artisan suppliers. The food offer is seasonal with an emphasis on tradition and taste.

Book a table

Espresso

Open daily, 10am-4.45pm
Thursdays until 6.45pm
+44 (0)131 225 1550

Espresso is located in the foyer of the Mound entrance to the Scottish National Gallery, and offers hot and cold drinks, delicious homebaking and light snacks. Either relax in our informal café or take out and enjoy.

Shops

Open daily, 10am-5pm
Thursdays until 7pm

The brand new, much larger Gallery Shop is now open, and accessible through the Gardens Entrance of the Scottish National Gallery.

The new-look shop stocks Scottish gifts, books, limited edition prints, stationery, fashion, craft, design and exclusive products featuring well-loved images from Scottish artworks. There is also a souvenir shop in room 5 on the ground level of the Scottish National Gallery and a shop near the front of the Royal Scottish Academy.

Shop online
While you're here

While you're here

Research Facilities

The National Galleries of Scotland offer a variety of opportunities for members of the public to access our resources and view artworks that are not on display in our gallery spaces. 

Royal Scottish Academy

The Royal Scottish Academy plays host to a variety of exhibitions programmed by the National Galleries of Scotland, the Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture, and others. 

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is just five minutes walk from the Scottish National Gallery. Come face to face with the people who shaped Scotland’s past, present and future. The perfect compliment to your visit.

Venue hire

Venue hire

Situated in the very heart of Edinburgh, the Scottish National Gallery is one of the most prestigious venues for events.

About us

About us

The National Galleries of Scotland cares for, develops, researches and displays the national collection of Scottish and international art and, with a lively and innovative programme of activities, exhibitions, education and publications, aims to engage, inform and inspire the broadest possible public.