National Gallery Complex


The National Gallery Complex on the mound in the centre of Edinburgh is the second most visited tourist attraction in the city after Edinburgh castle. The complex is made up of the National Gallery of Scotland, the Royal Scottish Academy Building and the Weston Link which lies beneath the two buildings and houses shops, a restaurant and a cafe.

The National Gallery of Scotland contains an impressive collection of fine art including works by Van Gogh, Raphael, Rembrandt, Rubens, Monet and Cezanne. There is also a collection which covers the history of Scottish painting and includes works by Ramsay, Raeburn, Wilkie and McTaggart.

The Royal Scottish Academy Building houses temporary exhibitions.

The buildings were designed by William Henry Playfair in the 19th century and are stunning monuments in a neo-classical style. They opened to the public in 1859 and have been reworked and renovated over the years, most recently with the addition of the underground link which took five years to complete and opened in 2004.

They are open daily from 10am to 5pm (7pm on Thursdays) and entry is free. Exhibitions and events are held regularly and generally tickets are reasonably priced.



Royal Scottish Academy Building National Gallery of Scotland National Gallery Complex