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
- The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL
Located in the city centre, the Scottish National Gallery is easy to access.
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.
Cafés & restaurants
The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant
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.
Contini Espresso Café
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.