Royal Palace of Madrid
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings
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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
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Luxurious, over-the-top rococo palace with over 2,000 opulently gilded rooms.
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More than 3 hours
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from €22.00
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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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Roman Rednikov
Minato, Japan262 contributions
Nov 2022
For just 12 Euro or so, within short time you can see a lot of valuable exhibits from the Spanish Royal family, such as the Crown and other regalia, arms, furniture, porcelain, art pieces, and so on - right in the real premises of Royal Palace, which is the architectural masterpiece itself. Going to visit it again when I have much more time.
Written 6 December 2022
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Eamonn M
Athenry, Ireland19 contributions
Nov 2022
The royal palace is worth a visit if only for the opulence and atmosphere. Such a grand building. The self guided tour brings the building and the people who lived there to life. Heartily recommend.
Written 5 December 2022
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JSTrip_77
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina1,162 contributions
Nov 2022
The Royal Palace cuts an impressive impression in the center of the city. It is apparently the largest palace in Western Europe. (I think the Hermitage in St. Petersburg dwarfs even Madrid's massive palace.) However, the ability to get into the palace is, well, less than impressive. I cannot comment on what you can see when you get in because I did not get in though I have seen many reviews and heard that the number of rooms on the tour is not all that large and the price of the tour is quite high. Just know that we tried to get tickets a week in advance - you need to reserve them online - and none were available during the two days we had as option. Alas. We went to another stunning building museum instead - Museo Cerralbo.
Written 27 November 2022
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AMsays
Thornhill, Canada3,875 contributions
Oct 2022
It was first built by the Ummayyad Empire Emir, Muhammad I, sometime between 860 and 880. Then completely revamped in 1738 by King Philip V after a fire in a process that took 18 years. This palace is now the largest palace in Europe and one of the largest in the world. It has 3,418 rooms within its 135,000 square metres confines. Despite it being an official seat of a Head of State, it is one of a few palaces that is open to the public. (Funds are needed for the tremendous maintenance required). Opulently furnished inside, you will be mesmerized by the elegant grandeur, sumptuous furnishings and resplendent décor, all so breathtaking. Our tour through the premises took an hour but many rooms were not photographable or available. Visiting this palace is very much sought after so book your tickets ahead of time or be faced with a very long wait. Note also that very few rooms are photographable. We encountered very strict security enforcing this policy.
Written 26 November 2022
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AdamLeaves
Canberra, Australia497 contributions
Nov 2022
I've never seen another palace like it. As a functioning palace its apparently all maintained in near perfect working order and it's incredible from one room to the next, the design, the art, the furnture, sculpture, china. It's amazing. Apparently its one of the top three European palaces.
Written 23 November 2022
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Nayeli Vazquez
Frankfurt, Germany205 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
It’s a “small tour” but we did enjoyed it a lot. The layout was great so the tour flows very nicely. The only downside is that you are not allowed to take pictures.
Written 22 November 2022
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Rodders27
Cheadle, UK453 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
Although this is a big building it’s definitely not a patch on any of the English Royal Palaces and it’s grounds don’t stand any comparison with the Royal Parks in London
Written 20 November 2022
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Kelsey B
Doylestown, PA178 contributions
Nov 2022
Wonderful first visit to Madrid with a visit to the palace after we landed at the airport and needed some time to kill before the hotel room was available. There was no line. Everything was wonderful to see and easy to understand for english speakers.
Written 15 November 2022
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JRMADA
United States3,076 contributions
Nov 2022
If you’ve never visited a royal palace before, this one will impress you. For us this one was less impressive than others we visited throughout Europe and the UK in the last 8 months. The fact that they don’t allow non- flash photography for personal use in 90% of the interior, so that they can sell you a book or post cards at the shop make it even less attractive to us. The signs with the direction of the visiting tour are not very clear or non-existent, so download a map of the palace from the website, so you don’t miss parts of the tour. If you must visit, buy your tickets online to avoid the long waits for the ticket booth. Buy it for whatever day you want, and on that day, go at any time you want. They don’t enforce time slots. We had tickets for 10:30AM and the people behind us had tickets for 2PM and walked in with us. If you want to avoid big crowds and tour groups, go in at opening hour; it is less crowded then. This is a working palace, so airport style security is in effect and backpacks need to be stored in the free lockers on site. There is a cafe on site, but we did not visit it. We don’t spend extra money in places that don’t allow photography.
Written 15 November 2022
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pheonix102938
London, UK8 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
Exceeded my expectations. Palace was very grand and every room beautifully decorated. The chandeliers were amazing. Waited just over an hour in the queue and at one point we were close to leaving. Glad we didn’t. Well worth the wait. Been to many palaces and this is by far the best.
Written 14 November 2022
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