National Gallery Accessibility
One of the top art galleries in Europe. The audio guide describes almost every work of art in the museum so you can run through the museum or spend most of the day. The famous Trafalgar Square is in front of it, and the TKTS booth for discount theatre tickets is behind it. Four step-free entrances can be found on almost all sides of the building. The best place for a taxi to drop you off is at the southwest corner of the building.
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Is there an accessible entrance? Yes, 4 of them. Getty Entrance is on Trafalgar Square 20 m to right of main entrance, Sainsbury Wing Entrance is on Trafalgar Square 50 me to left of main entrance, Orange Street entrance is back of building (to the Northwest) towards Leicester Square, St. Martin’s Lane Entrance is on East side towards National Portrait Gallery. The Sainsbury Wing has the doors automated by a button.
Where is the closest place that cars/taxis can drop-off people? At the SW corner of the building on Pall Mall Street. It is 20 m over flat and smooth ground to the entrance.
What are the nearby tube stations? Charing Cross and Leicester Square
What bus lines pass nearby? Bus #3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 23, 24, 29, 87, 88, 91, 139, 159, 176, and 453. Bus map at http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/visiting/getting-here/by-bus.
Are there cobblestones or hills leading to the entrance? No cobblestones or hills
What percentage of the attraction can be viewed without having to go up steps? 100%
Which parts are not accessible? All floors are accessible by elevator.
Are there loaner wheelchairs? There are loaner wheelchairs and portable stools.
Is there an accessible bathroom? Yes
Is the door wide enough for a wheelchair? Yes
Are there grab bars? Yes
Is there a space to position a wheelchair next to the toilet? Yes
Are there guided tours that don’t have to go up steps? Yes, the free 60-minute taster tour of the collection meets every day at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm at Sainsbury Wing Information Desk. The tour is step-free. The audioguide covers is excellent and covers almost all the works of art. Audioguide languages are French, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, German, Japanese, English, Mandarin, Russian, and Korean.
Does advance notice need to be given for…
…handicapped parking? Yes. Call +44 (0)20 7747 2854
…opening of an accessible entrance? No
…loaner wheelchairs? No
…accessible tours? No
Is there a discount for someone with a disability and/or their companion? The National Gallery general collection is free, special exhibitions are free to people with a disability.
Opening Hours: 10-18:00 daily, Wed until 21:00
How many hours do most able-bodied tourists spend there on their first visit? 2-6 hrs, 3 hrs avg
Address: Trafalgar Square. London, WC2, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 7747 2885
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