Scottish National Gallery

Situated in the heart of Edinburgh, the Scottish National Gallery is home to one of the best collections of fine art in the world.

  • Open daily, 10am-5pm, Thursdays until 7pm.
  • Free admission | Charge for some exhibitions

Getting here

Located in the city centre, the Scottish National Gallery is easy to access.

  • Open daily, 10am-5pm, Thursdays until 7pm.
Address: The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

Gallery & grounds

The Scottish National Gallery is a neoclassical building located on The Mound in central Edinburgh. It was designed by William Henry Playfair, one of the greatest Scottish architects of the nineteenth century. Prince Albert laid the foundation stone in 1850 and it opened to the public in 1859. It stands next to the Royal Scottish Academy Building which faces Princes Street. 

The main hall of the gallery offers hundreds of celebrated works of Scottish art and European masterpieces from the thirteenth century to the early nineteenth century. Notably this includes works by Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck, Rembrandt, Claude Monet, John Singer Sargent, Vincent van Gogh, William McTaggart and more.

The lower level galleries are currently closed due to the Celebrating Scotland's Art project, however you can can still access the main hall as well as the upper levels and the garden level. The Shop and The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant remain open as usual.

Celebrating Scotland's Art

The major project to improve and expand the Scottish National Gallery, will create three times more space in which to see the Gallery’s unrivalled collection of Scottish art. 

Learn more about Celebrating Scotland's Art


Off the main hall are rooms featuring must-see works by Raphael, Nicolas Poussin, Thomas Gainsborough, Paul Cézanne, Allan Ramsay, Sir Henry Raeburn and Sir David Wilkie.

Accessibility & facilities

  • Information desk
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair access
  • Hearing loop
  • Large print braille
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchairs available
  • Public toilets
  • Disabled parking
  • Lockers (£1/£2)
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Buggy park
  • Seating throughout
  • Bike rack

Cafés & restaurants

The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant

Opening times Mon - Sat: 9am-5pm, Thu: 9am-7pm, Sun: 10am-5pm +44 (0)131 225 1550

Celebrating the very best ingredients from Scottish producers and growers, The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant offers delicious, fresh, simple, good value food in a beautiful setting.

The Restaurant, with stunning views over Princes Street gardens, serves classic Scottish dishes as well as contemporary lighter dishes, all using the very best locally sourced produce.

Book a table

Contini Espresso Café

Opening times Mon - Sat: 9am-5pm, Thu: 9am-7pm, Sun: 10am-5pm +44 (0)131 225 1550

Situated in the Gardens Entrance, the Contini Espresso offers fresh coffee and sweet-treats. Either relax in our informal café or take out and enjoy in Princes Street gardens.


The Scottish National Gallery Shop, located in the Gardens Entrance, is home to an inspiring range of products which reflects iconic images from our Collection. With a fantastic selection of prints, posters and publications, stationery and unusual gifts at prices to suit every pocket, this is the perfect place to find something special.

The Princes Street Shop is located at the front entrance of the Royal Scottish Academy building, on Princes Street. The shop stocks a wide selection of products including modern and contemporary pieces from designers, illustrators and craft makers based in the UK.

Online shop