Scottish National Gallery

Overview

There’s more to the Scottish National Gallery than meets the eye. Alongside the world-famous art you’ll find relaxing cafes and inspiring shops. Discover more below…

 

Book Taste for Impressionism

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Admission free

The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

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The gallery

Discover the stories within...

 

The Gallery

The Scottish National Gallery displays some of the greatest art in the world, including masterpieces by Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, El Greco, Velázquez, Rembrandt, Vermeer, van Dyck, Tiepolo, Landseer, Gainsborough, Constable, Turner, Angelica Kauffmann, and Elisabetta Sirani amongst many others. The most comprehensive part of the collection covers the history of Scottish painting – including Ramsay, Raeburn and Wilkie.

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.

See all exhibitions and displays at the National

See all artworks on display at the National

Getting here

Getting here

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

Venue map
  • Open daily, 10am-5pm
The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

Accessibility

Accessibility & facilities

Detailed information on accessibility at the National Galleries of Scotland

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.

There is limited on street parking close by including for those with a blue badge.

  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair access
  • Wheelchairs available
  • Lockers (£1/£2)
  • Seating throughout
  • Bike rack
  • Accessible toilets for gallery visitors
  • Baby change for gallery visitors
  • Toilets for gallery visitors
About your visit

About your visit

Opening times

Gallery Daily, 10am-5pm.
Shop Daily, 10am-5pm.
The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant Daily, 10am-5pm (last orders 4pm).
Cafe Espresso Daily, 10am-4pm.

What's open

Most of the rooms in the gallery are now open. Two of the upstairs galleries remain closed as part of the ongoing improvements for the Scottish National Gallery Project. While work continues the upper galleries are only accessible by stairs.

Contact

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

Your safety

Everything you need to know about your visit can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions

Group visits

Schools and community groups of 10 or more can book free self-led visits to all our galleries.

Safety information

  • In line with Scottish Government advice we strongly recommend our visitors and staff wear face coverings in our galleries.

  • We ask that you respect physical distancing from others during your visit.

  • If you or anyone you live with displays symptoms associated with COVID-19, please delay your visit until it is safe to do so.

  • Download Smartify to access our highlights tour, large print labels and get more information about the artworks during your visit.

Tour of Nineteenth Century Scottish Painting at the Scottish National Gallery

Deputy Director and Chief Curator Tricia Allerston introduces our display of nineteenth-century Scottish paintings at the Scottish National Gallery. This tour gives you an insight into some of the highlights of this part of the collection, including work by artists such as William McTaggart, Phoebe Anna Traquair, Arthur Melville and James Paterson.

Featured exhibitions and displays

Featured exhibitions and displays

Must see
Exhibition

A Taste for Impressionism | Modern French Art from Millet to Matisse

Royal Scottish Academy

30 July - 13 November 2022

Open daily, 10am-5pm

£15 - £12, concessions available

Display

Painting as Spectacle

Scottish National Gallery

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Admission free

Display

Italian Renaissance 1470 — 1600

Scottish National Gallery

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Admission free

Display

Scottish Art 1670 — 1840

Scottish National Gallery

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Admission free

Celebrating Scotland's art

Celebrating Scotland's art

While construction work is ongoing at the Scottish National Gallery we have been busy delivering a full programme of activities, inviting people to discover and connect with historic Scottish art. 

Learn more about this exciting work and access a range of material that you can use to explore the Scottish art collection for yourself.

Featured events

Featured events

Tour

Sunday Afternoon Impressionism Tours (in person only)

Royal Scottish Academy

Sun 2 Oct 2022

2 - 2:30pm

Free

+1 other sessions

Exhibition ticket required.

Music concert

Live Music Now | Nikita Lukinov

Scottish National Gallery

Thu 6 Oct 2022

5:30 - 6pm

Free

Booking essential

Lecture or talk

In Focus | In the Orchard by Sir James Guthrie (in person)

Scottish National Gallery

Tue 11 Oct 2022

12:45 - 1:30pm

Free

Booking essential

Our Friends
Lecture or talk

The Art of Household Management in the Cardinal's Court

Scottish National Gallery

Wed 19 Oct 2022

6 - 8pm

Booking essential

Restaurants

Cafés and shops

The Scottish Café & Restaurant

Open daily, 10am-5pm (last orders 4pm). +44 (0)131 225 1550

Located at the gardens level entrance to the Scottish National Gallery, our restaurant offers incredible views east across Princes Street Gardens. The Scottish Café & Restaurant is run by Victor and Carina Contini who are committed to sustainable practices and buy direct from a trusted network of over 70 Scottish artisan suppliers.

Enjoy a lunch of Scottish classics like cullen skink and fish and chips or indulge yourself with our all-day brunch menu or an afternoon tea. Advance booking is preferred. Just follow the link below.

Access to the Scottish Café & Restaurant is via the East Princes Street Gardens Entrance.

Book here

Gallery Shop

Open daily, 10am-5pm. +44 (0)131 624 6494

The shop at the Scottish National Gallery, stocks Scottish gifts, books, limited edition prints, stationery, fashion, craft, design and exclusive products featuring well-loved images from Scottish artworks.

The shop is accessed via the East Princes Street Gardens Entrance. 

Shop online

Café Espresso

Open daily, 10am-4pm. +44 (0)131 225 1550

Situated just inside the entrance to the Scottish National Gallery, Espresso is the perfect rest stop for art lovers in need of refuelling. Easy counter service offers access to fantstic coffee as well as a selection of freshly baked scones and delicious cakes. No need to book in advance.

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.