Royal Palace of Madrid
Royal Palace of Madrid
4.5
Historic SitesArchitectural Buildings
10:00 - 18:00
Monday
10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 18:00
Thursday
10:00 - 18:00
Friday
10:00 - 18:00
Saturday
10:00 - 18:00
Sunday
10:00 - 18:00
About
Luxurious, over-the-top rococo palace with over 2,000 opulently gilded rooms.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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from €99.00
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The area
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Neighbourhood: Centro
Expansive plazas, local and foreign crowds, street performers, colorful lights, window shopping, restaurant signs promising the best paella, ham, and churros con chocolate- this is downtown Madrid, a collection of plazas interconnected by a network of side streets. Some of these side streets are wide pedestrian shopping routes, and some are hidden, so it's possible to duck in and out of the bustle as desired. The iconic Puerta del Sol is the giant crossroads of the city and a must-see attraction at any time of the day. The nearby Plaza Mayor, completely enclosed by historic red buildings, is an ideal place to grab a bite to eat outside, amidst scores of tables and people out for a stroll. Plaza Isabel II (also known as “Opera”) is smaller and a good meeting spot, and the stately Plaza del Oriente is the front yard of the Royal Palace. Centro can be touristy (pickpockets are unfortuately not unheard-of here), crowded, and sometimes gimmicky, but it is also the place to experience classic Madrid.
How to get there
  • Ópera • 5 min walk
  • Santo Domingo • 9 min walk
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  • California
    California6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Buy tickets ahead and make sure you’re in the right line
    Definitely you should see it, it’s beautiful inside and has a great view outside. I only rate it four stars because the lines were very confusing and there was no staff outside to help. Although I had tickets, I waited in a line for those with no tickets for 45 minutes before staff came out and explained i and others were in the wrong line. Then waited another 45 minutes. So got very sunburned. Other people kept asking those in line and no one understood. The staff were all rude , gruff and angry. I experienced this with the majority of officials in Madrid, in museums, the airport, etc. You will be severely reprimanded if you break a rule, whether you know Spanish or not! Definitely buy tickets online and make sure you know whether you’re in the right entrance or line, wherever you go.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 June 2023
  • Abdel Rahman Abdelhalim
    10 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Underrated Gem
    Our tour guide recommended getting there as early as 9:30 am (based on our custom made trip itinerary), and it was such a pleasant experience. The mounted guards, the palace design, and the front plaza was extravagant. I recommend Erkut from Madrid Trip Planners if you want to experience the most out of the Royal Palace of Madrid, the tour guides he offered were amazing in every aspect.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 23 June 2023
  • jeff1955malaysia
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia6,137 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing interior
    The Royal Palace of Madrid is full of Spanish royal history and heritage. It was the home of the royal family of Spain but was also used by the Moors as a fortress. The inside is amazing with its architectural designs. Some room no photographs are allowed.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 July 2023
  • aavct90
    Simsbury, Connecticut272 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique
    Excellent experience - we ordered tickets in advance and got in pretty quickly. The staff were a bit irritable but I can’t imagine what dealing with all of the tour groups is like. All I can say is, if you are in Madrid, you must take a visit. The grandiosity can’t even be described - it is literally 17-19 rooms of opulence (and these are only the ones open to the public). Take time to visit the armory after if you have an interest in mid evil swords and armor. We did a self guided tour, but if you don’t speak/read Spanish, you may want to look into other options. This is a must!
    Visited June 2023
    Written 2 July 2023
  • Philip E
    Peregian Beach, Australia148 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Book your ticket on line or a long wait
    Book a ticket with a time online as the queues are long. With the audio I don't think you need a guide. Amazing that so many countries keep their royal families given they leech on the community. The offset is some great tourist sites but not sure you need the unnecessary passengers
    Visited May 2023
    Written 2 July 2023
  • Gina and Andy A
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see in Madrid
    This palace is a must see in Madrid. The audio tour is available in English and it is excellent. It is concise giving the correct amount of information on each room. A personal tour is more thorough with a lot more information.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Matthew J
    Buena Park, California541 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    opulent palace
    TIP: Free admission: From Monday to Thursday from 5pm to 7pm (4pm to 6pm in winter), for EU citizens, residents, and holders of work permits in the EU, and citizens of Ibero-American countries. We paid 12 Euros per person to visit. The palace was opulent with many amazing rooms and exhibits. The royal armory is the first stop and is very impressive. I was a bit disappointed because the tour did not include any royal beds.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 18 July 2023
  • Kenneth Pages
    Tampa, Florida1,180 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see!
    I was so surprised by how enjoyable this tour/visit was. It was the best Palace I’ve visited. The grounds are beautiful and the interior looks so well kept and absolutely lovely. You get an app that contains the full tour and plan to spend about 2 hours there. It was not particularly crowded when we visited so we were able to go at our own pace and not feel like we were bumping into others. Definitely make this part of your visit to Madrid.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Robin B
    124 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you enjoy walking through palaces, this is when you must see.
    This is the most stunning palace I have ever seen! We took a guided tour (only available in Spanish) and learned a lot. Our tour guide was extremely friendly, knowledgeable, and made sure to speak slowly so we could understand as much as possible. My only disappointment was that you are not allowed to take pictures in the rooms that were the most interesting. I would like to have been able to capture all the beautiful chandeliers, ceilings, and furniture. Palace staff are diligent, and will say something to you if you try to take a picture. ( I did not attempt any pictures but saw people addressed when they did).
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 August 2023
  • kvanderdussen
    Anaheim, California24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Royal Apartments
    The stop at this palace is 100% worth it just for the royal apartments. Pay attention and arrive at your allotted time. You aren't allowed to take photos but you will be blown away. I think these royal apartments rival those at Versailles. Of course you cannot compare the two properties, but this area was spectacular. Highly recommend
    Visited July 2023
    Written 6 August 2023
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Christina P
Montreal, Canada81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Very big and impressive palace, well worth the visit! Try to get online tickets in advance, otherwise, lines are very long.
Written 19 June 2024
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DONNY S
Boynton Beach, FL505 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Bought tickets on line with timed entry. When we arrived at our designated time we still had to wait on a long line in extremely hot temperatures (about 5-10 degrees warmer than average). There are no shade areas. Check-in was very slow. The castle has over 3,400 rooms but you get to see a very limited amount. Signage explaining rooms and exhibits were adequate but you really didn't get the feel of a palace or something special by just walking into each room. I believe that a guided tour would have given us a better experience.
Written 18 June 2024
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justalittlebitocd
Melbourne, Australia623 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
I won’t lie the outside is looking a little in need of some serious maintenance work which we were a bit shocked at given how well everything is maintained in other places through Madrid

Make sure you book tickets in advance and buy direct from the website . DONT go through the go city pass who use Amigo tours

Amigo tours take bookings direct AND with the go city pass. When they overbook guess who they cancel first !!! That’s right the go city ticket holders . Just rude !!!!

We had read all the TripAdvisor advice and then planned / booked in advance working around the changing of the guards on a Saturday . All that went out the window thanks to Amigo tours . Grrrrr

Regarding the Saturday changing of the guard it is around the same side as the monument to Felipe IV. It starts at 11am and goes for 15 minutes . It is literally 4 guards and 2 horses
Written 15 June 2024
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LDSChicago
Chicago106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Our family of 4 (with 2 teens) really enjoyed our visit. We bought tickets on-line a few days in advance, so we got to skip the line entirely. We did not use an audio-guide or a private tour. We just walked through the rooms on our own. We really enjoyed it that way. So many incredible things to see.
Written 12 June 2024
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Daniela B.
Menomonee Falls, WI198 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
An amazing site, totally worth seeing it for its historical value and visual delight.

Tip: Buy the tickets online in advance, as they sell out. There is a much shorter line for visitors with tickets than there is one for people that are buying them.

Be prepared to be in the sun. Bring a hat and water. Lines are long but the flow is not bad. Just make sure you are in the right lane!
Written 9 June 2024
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MohitJalan
Ranchi197 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Really beautifully designed palace and you should must visit inside totally value for money @ 10 euros. Try to Pre book..
Written 2 June 2024
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Vaishnavi B
Toronto, Canada4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Exceptionally curated art and furniture, this experience will rival the Versaille palace. Buying the ticket beforehand allowed us to enter without a wait by the queue on the left (queue on the right is for the persons without ticket but there are no obvious signs outside the palace in the courtyard). We took the audio guide at the venue for 5 Euro which was worth it. Each room becomes more opulent than the last and the entire experience took us about 2.5 to 3h as we did it at a relaxed pace. Highly recommend.
Written 2 June 2024
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cdandoy
Gilbert, AZ1,258 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Strongly encourage to buy tickets ahead of time. I really liked the audio guide as it added so much more to each room. However, there is a sign in each as well. Very easy to know what path to take. It took me about 1 hr but I was there first thing. I enjoyed!
Written 31 May 2024
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Leslie B
New Hampshire5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
An absolutely wonderful experience. What a palace!!!! The audio tour was perfect, giving enough details and explanations of each room and artifacts. You won’t be disappointed.
Written 29 May 2024
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Helicobacter
Northampton, UK17 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Miserable queue in full sun - appalling organisation. Booked 2.30pm ticket, after checking earlier that we were in the right queue (why the hell is there a queue anyway for timed pre-booked online tickets?) we are still waiting now 33 minutes later WITH NO MOVEMENT AT ALL. Excuse from staff 'too many people inside' - so why sell tickets? How do you get a refund? Useless embarrassment to Spain. Hopeless, shameful.
Written 29 May 2024
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