|Public and private
|Ten best London galleries
|Ten best galleries outside London
|Name & location
|Britain's major national art collection; one of the finest and richest collections of old master paintings in the world, with works by most of the world's greatest artists
|British art from 1500 to the present, including all the great British masters from the Renaissance, through Turner and Constable and the Preraphaelites, to Francis Bacon
|The world's most visited modern art gallery, with a full collection of twentieth and twenty-first century art, from Braque and Picasso to Damian Hirst and other contemporary artists
Somerset House, the Strand
|A compact but very high quality collection of masterworks, from the Italian Renaissance to the 20th century. Includes a major collection of French Impressionists
north of Oxford Street
|A significant collection of old and modern masters, including six works by Rembrandt, Frans Hals's world-renowned "Laughing Cavalier", a large collection of 18th century French art, one work by Titian and two by Velazquez
Dulwich, S-E London
|A major collection of European art from the 16th to the 19th centuries. Notable for its 3 Rembrandts, 2 Raphaels, 4 Murillos and 9 works by Sir Joshua Reynolds.
Hampstead, north London
|Small top-quality collection of old master paintings, including works by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Gainsborough, Turner
|National Portrait Gallery
|Plenty of great masters, but the paintings are thematically limited to portraits of great and less great figures of British history.
|Some two hundred paintings, mostly from the nineteenth century or earlier, including 4 works by Velazquez and one by Goya, and masters of the Dutch, Flemish and English schools
|Victoria and Albert Museum
|Though one of the world's top dozen visited museums, the V&A is primarily a decorative arts museum, not an art gallery. However it does have a significant collection of paintings, notably 18th and 19th century art.
|Name & location
|National Gallery of Scotland
|A concise but world-class gallery located between Princes' St. and the Castle. It includes works by Boticelli, Raphael, Titian, Vermeer, Rembrandt, El Greco, Ingres, Monet, Turner and Constable, plus many more
|Britain's premier university museum, the Ashmolean covers a wide range of painting and other arts. Among the highlights are drawings by Michaelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, and paintings by Uccello, Giorgione, Rembrandt, Turner, Constable, Renoir and Picasso
|Kelvingrove Art Gallery
|Kelvingrove covers a lot more fields than just art; but the collection of paintings is top quality, particularly on the dutch Renaissance and the French impressionists, as well as Salvador Dali's seminal work Christ of St. John of the Cross.
|Walker Art Gallery
|From Rembrandt to contemporary art, by way of the English Preraphaelites and the French Impressionists, the Walker has one of the best collections of any English provincial gallery
|A grand stately home, containing an art collection largely acquired in the early 20th century. It includes works by Bellini, Titian, Veronese and El Greco
|Scottish National Museum of Modern Art
|A fine collection of modern art and sculpture; paintings include works by Picasso, Braque, Mondrian, Matisse, Warhol, and Francis Bacon among others. The sculpture garden includes pieces by Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.
|The largest collection of modern and contemporary art in Britain, outside London. Shows works from the national collection, and special exhibitions.
|Birmingham art gallery
|One of the best collections of works by the English Preraphaelites, as well as a representative collection covering the main perods of European art since the Renaissance
Salford Quays, Manchester
|Modern museum, built to house a great collection of the works of L.S.Lowry, one of the most iconic British artists of the 20th century, chronicler of life in Britain's industrial north.
|Particularly rich in 19th century French art, with many Impressionists and the world's largest collection of works by Honoré Daumier.