One Hour in the National Gallery

1-Hour Tour

See Iconic Works of Art

Unlock the Secrets of the Gallery

Explore the highlights of the National Gallery’s 2,600 paintings with your private guide. On this 1-hour tour your guide will introduce you to the history of the collection, get up close and personal with its best pictures, and tell you the tales behind the art.

This private tour includes:

Passionate and dynamic Art History guide

Free entry to the UK’s most famous art gallery

See world-class works of art, from Renaissance masters to the Impressionists

Hear the stories and scandals behind the paintings, from business deals to crimes in the Gallery

End with recommendations for your own exploration of the collection

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Tour Details


1-9 guests:


For groups of 10 guests or more, please email


Monday – Friday 11AM-12PM

Special evening tours on Fridays 5PM – 6PM

Meeting point

Your private guide will meet you just inside the Sainsbury Wing entrance to the National Gallery. Pass the security scanners, go through the revolving doors, and your guide will be waiting for you on the right, just before the stairs.


Monday through Friday, year-round. For weekend tours please email

This tour doesn’t run 24th-26th December.
If you would like a tour on these days, please email our team at

Not included


Languages Available

Sample Itinerary

An Passionate Personal Guide By Your Side
On this fun and accessible tour your friendly private guide will introduce you to the artistic treasures of the Gallery – no prior knowledge required.

The Origins of the Gallery
Hear how British entrepreneurs started the Gallery, in the race to become the nation with the greatest collection.

Up Close and Personal with the Masterpieces
See the masterworks of the Renaissance in all their exquisite brushwork – or admire the technique of the Impressionists from a little further back!

Hear the Secrets and Scandals of the Gallery
From the scandalous lives of the artists, to crimes committed in the Gallery itself, you’ll hear all about the exciting backstories of the collection.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, all our tours are private and can be tailored to our guests’ interests.

After this 1-hour experience, your guide can direct you to more paintings that might interest you. Or, we can escort you out into Trafalgar Square and give you recommendations for the rest of your day in London.

At the moment this tour is available only in English. If you would like a tour in another language please email

This tour is designed for groups of up to 9 guests. If you’d like to take the tour with a larger group, please email and we will provide you with a quote.

Yes, of course! If you would like a longer interior tour of the National Gallery then please email and we will provide a quote.

Tips for your guide are never expected, but they do show you think your guide did a brilliant job! If you would like to tip your guide, please do so directly during the tour (10 – 15% is customary).

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