Address: Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN
Visitors to London with a taste for culture and art should look no further than the Courtauld Gallery to satisfy their urge for inspiration during their time in the city.
Offering a vast collection of classical works spanning a host of genres and artists, the Courtauld Gallery resides at the impressive Somerset House and is a must-visit attraction for anyone with a passion for art.
With a collection of more than 530 paintings and over 26,000 drawings, the gallery is particularly known for its French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works, with regular exhibitions of some of the finest examples of these styles of artistry to be found anywhere in the world.
Founded in 1932, the Courtauld Institute oversees the display of some of the most renowned pieces in art history, with highlights of the collection including Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear’, ‘Nevermore’ by Paul Gauguin and Edouard Manet’s ‘A Bar at the Folies-Bergere’.
These are most certainly not the only masterpieces on show at the gallery though, with other acclaimed artists in the collection including Paul Cezanne, Thomas Gainsborough, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso and many more.
Opening times and visitor information
Somerset House and the Courtauld Gallery is open to the public daily from 10 am to 6 pm, with last entry at 5.30 pm. Admission prices change throughout the year and details can be found on the gallery’s official website.
Attractions near the Courtauld Gallery
Fabulous art and culture is not the only draw for visitors to this bustling area of London, with visitors to the area able to enjoy a host of outstanding sights to see and attractions to explore. Here are just some of the top attractions located in the local area:
- National Portrait Gallery (0.5 miles, ten minutes’ travel time on foot/via public transport)
- The National Gallery (0.5 miles, 11 minutes)
- Chinatown London Market (0.6 miles, 12 minutes)
- Lincoln’s Inn Fields (0.5 miles, 11 minutes)
- Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese (0.5 miles, ten minutes)
- Trafalgar Square (0.6 miles, 12 minutes)
- Horse Guards Parade (0.8 miles, 16 minutes)
- 10 Downing Street (0.9 miles, 19 minutes)
- Southbank Centre (0.6 miles, 13 minutes)
- The British Museum (0.7 miles, 14 minutes)
- The London Dungeon (0.9 miles, 18 minutes)
- London Eye (0.8 miles, 17 minutes)
- Churchill War Rooms (one mile, 22 minutes)
- Big Ben (1.1 miles, 22 minutes)
- Palace of Westminster (1.1 miles, 23 minutes)
- Tate Modern (1.1 miles, 23 minutes)
- Russell Square (0.9 miles, 18 minutes)
Parking for Courtauld Gallery guests
Anyone hoping to drive during their time in London can expect to find a range of parking facilities in the area around the Courtauld Gallery, with some of the best places for secure parking including:
- NCP Car Park London Shaftesbury (0.5 miles, 11 minutes)
- Bloomsbury Square Car Park (0.7 miles, 14 minutes)
- NCP Car Park London Saffron Hill (one mile, 20 minutes)
Motorists are reminded that traffic volumes can be dense at all hours on the busy streets of central London, but especially during the morning and evening rush hours. It is therefore advised for travellers to avoid taking to the roads at these times. They should also consider pre-booking their parking, as spaces can be limited during the busiest times of day.
Tube travel to the Courtauld Gallery
For those who prefer to make use of public transport when traversing one of the busiest and most sprawling cities in the UK, the London Underground network is a great way to get around.
Offering swift and easy journeys to many parts of the city, the area near the Courtauld Gallery is particularly well-served from a Tube station perspective, with nearby stations including:
- Temple (Circle and District lines)
- Covent Garden (Piccadilly line)
- Embankment (Bakerloo, Circle, District and Northern lines)
- Charing Cross Underground (Bakerloo and Northern lines)
- Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly lines)
- Holborn (Central and Piccadilly lines)
- Chancery Lane (Central line)
Visitors can also make use of nearby rail services from the Charing Cross, Blackfriars or City Thameslink stations, while bus services operate around the clock to ensure there are always options available for anyone planning journeys to the area.
Full details of all public transport options, including service timetables, station opening times and much more, can be found by heading to the official website of Transport for London.
Shopping options for visitors to the area
Visitors to this busy part of central London should be prepared for an outstanding shopping experience, with some of the biggest high street and designer names within easy walking distance of many of the capital’s biggest attractions, and the Courtauld Gallery is no exception.
Nearby, visitors can head to such famous stores as TopShop, H&M, Marks & Spencer and Waitrose, while other top retail attractions for visitors to the area include the Disney Store, The Old Opera House Souvenir Shop and The Old Curiosity Shop, which are all just a short walk away.