A Budget-Friendly Guide to Visiting the National Gallery in London

A trip to the glorious city of London can be exhilarating and perhaps even overwhelming! Packing in all that the majestic city has to offer before boarding a London to Delhi flight back, could be a challenge. And, fitting it all in within a budget could be another! Be it the Saint Paul’s Cathedral or the Westminster Abbey; taking a walk through Hyde Park or paying a visit to the Tower of London, choosing one over the other feels almost like sacrilege! If it’s the art connoisseur in you that is yearning for a treat, a trip to the National Gallery simply cannot be missed.

Book Flight Tickets Early for a Budget-Friendly Holiday

The very first step would be to book your Delhi to London flight, as soon as you plan the holiday. It is a long flight of a little over 8 hours. This is why choosing an airline that provides a restful flying experience with comfortable seating and a top-class cabin service is recommended.

You must also choose a convenient departure schedule. A late evening flight is best so that you can sleep through your flight and arrive early morning. Taking long flights at unearthly hours does prove to be extremely distressing unless you are used to it. When you book early, you can avail of these conveniences at perfectly competitive Delhi to London flight prices.

Planning a Trip to the National Gallery

If the National Gallery is the star attraction of your London holiday, here are a few things that will help you stick to your budget.

Be informed and Plan it Right the First Time: Entry to the Gallery is free. It is open Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 6 pm. On Friday the timings are extended till 9 pm. The Gallery remains closed from 24th to 26th December and on the 1st of January. Keeping these timings in mind, plan an early arrival, ideally around the time the gallery opens. From the famous ‘Sunflowers’ by Van Gogh to ‘The Entombment’ by Michelangelo, this priceless treasure trove of pure art, needs time to savor.

Know that Some Events may be Chargeable: Although entry is free, there are special events organized here, which are chargeable. Check the official website of The National Gallery and book them in advance, if you wish to join in. If you are lucky, you may also be able to join free “Talks” and interactive sessions on the day of your visit.

Travel on a Budget: The National Gallery is located in Trafalgar Square, which is popularly known as the “beating heart” of the city. The cheapest way to reach is by taking an Underground Train or a “Tube”. The closest station on the mainline is Charing Cross. The Gallery is a 2-minute walk from the station.

Booking your place of stay close to a connected tube station will save unnecessary travel costs. Pack in a visit to St Martin-in-the-Fields and Nelson Towers, since you are already in Trafalgar Square to optimize costs even further.

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