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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is one of Edinburgh’s most remarkable buildings – a great red sandstone neo-gothic palace which sits proudly on the city’s skyline. Following a dramatic three-year refurbishment, completed in December 2011, the Gallery now offers 17 new displays. Each of these explores different aspects of the story of Scotland and her people, told through a wealth of imagery including portraits of famous historical figures such as Mary, Queen of Scots, Prince Charles Edward Stuart and Robert Burns, through to more recent pioneers in science, sport and the arts.

Disabled drop-off/pick-up and parking:

  • Drop off/pick-up is permitted for blue-badge holders at the inset in North St David Street on the West side of the gallery between 0930h and 1600h.
  • Cars (but not larger vehicles) with blue badges are permitted to park in the back lane as long as they avoid access points and fire exits (which are marked with double yellow lines).
  • The nearest designated bays for blue badge holders are on West Register Street and St James Place. These are a 5-8 min walk to the Portrait Gallery.
Phone number:
0131 624 6200
Discount information:
Admission is free. A charge may be made for special exhibitions.

Euan's Guide web page for Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Access Information

Contact for access information:
communities@nationalgalleries.org or call 0131 624 6560
Web page for access information:
Gallery access resources information
Large Print labels
Learning hubs and trails

Hearing System

Type of Hearing System
Conversor Pro fm portable loop system. Available for small group tours.
Hearing System Collection Point
varies with event
Photo inside the portrait gallery, looking down on the decorative Great Hall from the balcony.

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