The National Gallery, London. Free Entry. Charge for special exhibitions. Open daily 10am to 6pm.

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There is one disability parking space on Orange Street which must be booked 48 hours in advance, contact  020 7747 2590 or email

Accessible entrances at the Getty, Sainsbury Wing, National Café and Pigott Education Centre. 
Accessible toilets and baby changing facilities are located on the ground floor in the main building and 1st floor in the Sainsbury wing.  Cloakrooms in main entrance and Sainsbury wing.  Lifts to all floors.  Plenty of seating, wheelchairs and folding stools available. Photography allowed, restrictions apply.
For comprehensive accessibility information please see their website:

The National gallery offers British Sign Language tours and talks, see:
 and 'Art through words' for the visually impaired, see:

There is no Shopmobility motorised scooter hire in central London. All of the latest-built taxes and buses must be disability accessible.  The one exception to this is the No.15 London heritage route which runs with the iconic old AEC Routemaster double-decker bus (built between the 1950s and 1960s) which has a rear open entrance to enable passengers to get on and off quickly.

Brief Description:

The National Gallery stands on the former site of the King's Mews. Construction started on the building in 1831 and the gallery opened in 1838. A new wing was added in 1876 providing seven additional exhibition rooms and the dome, with five more galleries added in 1907. The Northern extension opened in 1975 followed by the Sainsbury Wing in 1991.

For more information on the History of The National Gallery see:

The National Gallery houses a collection of over 2300 works of art in the Western Europe tradition from the 13th to the 20th century.  Exhibitions and events are held throughout the year. It runs courses and workshops for adults and children, it also holds talks and discussions.  See their website for 'what's on':

Further Information:


Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN



020 7747 2885


Opening Times:

Daily 10am–6pm, Friday 10am–9pm.  Closed 24th, 25th & 26th December. and 1st January.


Free. There is a charge for special exhibitions. Discounts available for visitors with disabilities on exhibition tickets, escorts can go free. Members benefit from free admission to all exhibitions.


Situated right in Central London in Trafalgar Square, in the City of Westminster. OS TQ 299 805


The London Congestion Charge Zone ( runs from Monday to Friday and motorists have ample signage to alert them to the entry points; only vehicles that are registered by the DVLA as ‘Disabled Tax-Exempt’ are NOT liable to the Charge. Disabled Tax-Exempt drivers can also use the Dartford Crossing without charge, which is a river crossing to the east of London which links the north and south of the M25 orbital motorway.  Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) automatically identifies the registration number plate of these vehicles so that their owners do not need to take any additional action.

If travelling by car, for specific directions it is best to use a satnav, but please be aware that the route may take you in and out of the Central London Congestion Charge zone. It is best to approach Central London using the excellent public transport.
For information on parking and car parks locally see:

Nearest stations are Charing Cross and Leicester Square.  Please see the Gallery website for detailed travel information:

For more information on buses, trains, tube, cycle hire, airports and river traffic please contact Transport For London on 0343 222 1234 (Textphone 0800 112 3456). For further details on accessible services please see the website:


The National Dining Rooms offer a selection of hot and cold snacks and overlooks Trafalgar Square.  The National Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch and evening meals.  The Expresso Bar offers cakes and sandwiches. Opening times vary, please see their website:
There are 3 shops selling gifts, cards and prints. The shops are located near the Portico entrance, the Getty entrance and in the Sainsbury Wing.


Travel Information

For further travel information please see:

Or call Traveline on 0871 200 22 33
(Calls cost 12p per minute plus your phone company's access charge)


This started on 8 April 2019 in the Central London Congestion Charge Zone, and will extend to the whole of the London area within the M25 Motorway from 25 October 2021.
For more details please see:

Vehicles registered with a 'disabled' or 'disabled passenger vehicles' tax class will benefit from a grace period after the ULEZ starts until 26 October 2025 as long as their vehicle doesn't change tax class, and this also applies to a 'disabled' vehicle registered outside the UK.