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Ideal for an art lover

Just wondering around our city for a half day, leads you to all sorts of wonderful places. Coupled with the rich, varied and at times captivatingly gruesome history and the incredible, striking natural beauty,

Edinburgh in particular has a vast and enchanting collection of Scottish and international art on display in some of the finest and completely free art galleries in the world.

Failing to visit at least one of the inspiring art galleries in 'Auld Reekie' would be to deny yourself one of the best and most satisfying visitor experiences. To help you make the choice of which gallery, or galleries if you have the time to see, Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Waterfront is happy to introduce you to our gallery guide, a short tour around the superb art institutions in our capital.

Scottish National Gallery

The Mound
Edinburgh
EH2 2EL

Without doubt, the Scottish National Gallery is one of the finest, small galleries throughout the world. Situated amongst the beautiful surroundings of Princes Gardens in the heart of the city, it is the home to an outstanding collection of paintings, prints and drawings from some of the most famous Renaissance and late 19th century Post-Impressionist masters.

You'll have high expectations just from the first glance of the galleries' exterior, only a short walk from the castle, the surprising delights continue once you step inside.

The excellent and varied permanent collection hosts some of the finest examples of Scottish and British painters as well some incredible, original works from the likes of Monet, El Greco, Rembrandt and Van Gogh. Prepare to be blown away by the captivating special exhibitions that are regularly a part of the National Galleries rotation.

Our guests have remarked that they could have happily spent hours soaking up the masterpieces on show. Rodin's sculpture 'The Kiss' is just stunningly beautiful and should be seen by all National Gallery visitors. If travelling with the family, children will be ecstatic as they play and explore in the many gallery trails, activities filled with fun tasks designed to captivate the little ones.

Best of all, like all of our featured art galleries, The Scottish National Gallery is completely free to visit!

Opening Times
Open daily - 10:00 to 17:00 (Thursday until 19:00) 

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

1 Queen Street
Edinburgh
EH2 1JD

A visit to one of our capital city's most iconic buildings is a special treat indeed, the 19th century gothic, sandstone structure of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery is an attraction all of its own. Only a short walk from Princes Street, once inside this world-class gallery your eyes are immediately rewarded with the sight grand central atrium ascending upwards to the gallery floors.

The walls are adorned as you'd expect with a wealth of imagery of the most influential figures from Scotland's past and present. Paintings, photography, film and sculpture comprise the mediums to explore the fascinating stories behind the individuals who have shaped the nation's identity. The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is indeed full of surprises. Not strictly limited to portraits, the selection of artist content is beautifully presented and provides an engaging insight to famous deeds and the context surrounding their impact.

Every exhibit from the permanent to the impressive temporary displays are brilliantly arranged and help tell the story of the absolutely vital role the small nation of Scotland had in shaping the world we know today.

As an added incentive to visit, the facilities are excellent too. The book and gift shop are filled with items of tremendous quality and there will always be something to peek your interest will having a quick browse through. After your feast of culture, the gallery's café serves some lovely pizzas, salads, snacks and cakes for a well-earned lunch.

Admission is to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery is free.

Opening Times
Open daily - 10:00 to 17:00 (Thursday until 19:00)

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

75 Belford Road
Edinburgh
EH4 3DR

Take a brief and very pleasant stroll to the west of the city centre and discover the National Art Gallery of Modern Art One and Two. Set in Charles Jencks incredible Landform sculpture garden you'll find the two buildings containing Scotland's finest collection of contemporary painted, sculptured and graphical artwork.

The marvellous collection of thought-provoking and challenging displays carries on in the same vein as the dramatic lawn surroundings. Both Galleries contain exhibits that are constantly tweaked and expertly curated, containing highlights from some of the most exciting artists; Matisse, Picasso, Vuillard, Damien Hirst, Warhol and Hockney to name but a few.

Modern Art One also includes some fascinating paintings by renowned Scottish artists such as Samuel Peploe, Anne Redpath and John Duncan Fergusson. Whilst in Modern Art Two you can examine Turner prize winning work from the likes of Tracey Emin, Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud.

The frequently changing displays ensure that the two galleries always contain the freshest, most dynamic contemporary art to be scene in the country and on a pleasant day, the gallery café and gardens provide the most enjoyable, relaxing space to spend an afternoon.

Admission is to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is free.

Opening Times
Open daily - 10:00 to 17:00 (Thursday until 19:00)

Fruitmarket Gallery

45 Market Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1DF

Another excellent spot of contemporary art in Edinburgh, The Fruitmarket Gallery behind Waverley Station in the city centre is the leading exhibition spaces for emerging Scottish artists.

Transformed from the Victorian fruit and vegetable market, this particular gallery is a highly enjoyable way to spend a few hours. Whatever your artist taste dictates, the Fruitmarket Gallery's displays are always excellently presented and the various collection of artwork is sure to evoke a sensation. The gallery space is just the right size to make the work varied and exciting but at the same time digestible and accessible, even for those with no interest in contemporary movements.

An added bonus to the Fruitmarket is a great majority of the displays are accompanied by a filmed interview with the particular artists, adding a sense of insight and intimacy that give you an even greater appreciation for their work.

What keeps visitors coming back to the Fruitmarket is undoubtedly the brilliant gallery café. It's a fantastic place to sit down with a sumptuous coffee, slice of homemade cake and people watch.

Admission is to the Fruitmarket Gallery is free.

Opening Times
Monday - Saturday 11:00 to 18:00
Sunday – 12:00pm to 17:00