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Stories of the National Gallery Private Tour


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Get up close and personal with the icons of the nation’s collection. Your private dedicated guide will bring world-famous work to life with expert and entertaining storytelling.

This private tour includes:

  • Free entry into the UK’s most famous art gallery
  • A passionate private guide whose storytelling is guaranteed to engage.
  • Da Vinci, Holbein, Caravaggio, Turner, Constable, Degas, Monet & Van Gogh.
  • An opportunity to ‘tailor the tour’ on booking.
    Favorite artist/period? We can make it our focus. Hard-to-impress teenagers? Our specialty!
  • Stories & scandals behind the paintings, from business deals to protest & theft.
  • Recommendations for your own exploration of the collection or dropoff at a lunch/dinner booking made by us.


Tour Details


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 requests@totallytailored.com.

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

Not Included


Languages Available


If you would like this tour in another language please email requests@Totallytailored.com


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.



Yes, all our tours are private and can be customized 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 to a lunch booking made by us and/or give you recommendations for the rest of your day in London.

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

Absolutely! This tour is available as an add-on to the Royal Morning in London & the Best of London in a Day.

Our tours are designed for groups of 1-14 people. However, we can certainly cater to larger groups. For groups of over 14 guests, please email us at requests@totallytailored.com and we’ll help you craft your ideal trip.

Should you have to cancel your tour for any reason we will happily refund 70 percent of the total price paid up to one week before your tour. 30 percent of the price paid is non-refundable due to our processing and ticket costs.

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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