Guildhall Art Gallery and London’s Roman Amphitheatre

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, La Ghirlandata, 1873, oil on canvas
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Discover the art collection of the City of London Corporation and visit Guildhall Yard, a tranquil and historic square in the middle of the City. 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, Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces and a fascinating range of paintings documenting London's dramatic history.

Step into the ruins of London's Roman Amphitheatre, in which crowds would once have gathered to watch wild animal fights, public executions and gladiatorial combats. Lost for centuries, the original circular walls were rediscovered by archaelogists working on the site of the new Guildhall Art Gallery building in 1988.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Archaeological site, Heritage site

Opening hours

Mon-Sat 1000-1700
Sun 1200-1600

Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year's Day
Ceremonial events at Guildhall sometimes require the Gallery to close, for advanced notice phone the information line.

Admission charges

Admission Free
Special Exhibitions are ticketed
Free to under 16s, Art Fund, City residents and City workers


  • National Art Pass

The collections are mainly comprised of British works of art. Included are fascinating views of London & London life from the 16th Century to the present day, & Victorian paintings & sculpture including well-known Pre-Raphaelite works. The Gallery also houses the extensive Studio Collection of 20th-century colourist Sir Matthew Smith. There is a programme of changing exhibitions. Items not on display may generally be viewed in store by appointment.

Collection details

Archaeology, Fine Art

Key artists and exhibits

  • Copley
  • The Defeat of the Floating Batteries at Gibraltar, September 1782
  • The Seige of Gibraltar
  • Rossetti
  • La Ghirlandata
  • Hunt
  • The Eve of St Agnes
  • Millais
  • The Woodman's Daughter
  • My First Sermon
  • My Second Sermon
  • Leighton
  • The Wounded Cavalier
  • Sir John Gilbert
  • Alma-Tadema
  • Tissot
  • Too Early
  • The Last Evening
  • Landseer
  • Constable
  • Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows
  • Sir Matthew Smith
  • Roman London's Amphitheatre

Guildhall Art Gallery and London’s Roman Amphitheatre
Guildhall Yard
City of London




Information Line

(020) 7332 3700


(020) 7332 3342

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.