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The Gallery was established in 1886 as, 'a Collection of Art Treasures worthy of the capital city'. See works dating from 1670 to the present, including seventeenth century portraits, Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces and a fascinating range of paintings documenting London's dramatic history.

The Gallery runs a regular programme of exhibitions and small displays throughout the year. Some exhibitions are ticketed, but are free to members of the Art Fund, Museums Association, Friends of Guildhall Art Gallery, under 16s and City residents (with proof of address).

Opening Hours

Monday - Saturday, 10am-5pm
Sunday, 12noon-4pm


Closures are sometimes required at short notice due to civic or state functions at the Guildhall. Call 020 7332 3700 / textphone 020 7332 3803 for a daily recorded message for more information.

Admission free

An entrance fee may be charged for some exhibitions, with concessionary rates for senior citizens, students, registered unemployed, and registered disabled.

All exhibitions are free for children under 16, City residents, Friends of Guildhall Art Gallery, Art Fund members, and Museums Association members. If you are a City resident simply bring proof of home address to the reception desk and we'll issue you with a City Resident Card. You'll get free entry to all our special exhibitions.

Getting here

Nearest stops

Bank, Moorgate, St Paul's and Mansion House (Bow Lane exit)


Bus routes 242, 25, 8 and 501 (Cheapside), 11,15, 23 and 26 (Queen Victoria Street), 43, 76, 133, 141, 214, 271 (Moorgate), 172 (London Wall).


There is free bicycle parking in Aldermanbury and Basinghall Street.


See the City of London’s parking information for further details. The Gallery is in the Central London Congestion Charging Zone.​​​

Access and facilities


The Gallery is fully accessible. There is assisted access to the lower ground floor galleries which currently have no lift access. There are wheel chair accessible lavatories off the main Exhibition Gallery and within the cloakroom area.

Large print texts

Large print labels are available at the reception desk. Other large print texts are available on request. Call 020 7332 3700 or email


The COLLAGE image database is available on terminals in the Main Gallery and the Victorian Galleries. It contains over 6,000 images and records of Guildhall Art Gallery’s collection along with those of Guildhall Library Print Room’s collections.


The cloakroom is free of charge and attended at all times. Visitors are asked to leave large bags and rucksacks in the cloakroom.

Food and drink

Many cafés, pubs and supermarkets are within short walking distance, including the cafés and restaurants of the Museum of London and the Barbican Centre which are open every day. Picnic lunches can be eaten in Guildhall Yard or green spaces nearby, such as St Paul's Churchyard.

The Gallery has a small shop selling books, postcards, prints, exhibition related products, gifts and items for children.

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