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Royal Palace of Madrid

Calle Bailen, 28071 Madrid, Spain (Centro)
34-914-548-800
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As featured in 3 days in Madrid
Ranked #14 of 434 attractions in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Art Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description: Luxurious, over-the-top rococo palace with over 2,000 opulently gilded rooms.
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Neath, United Kingdom
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129 reviews 129 reviews
117 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 NEW

The Palace is built on a high bluff with impressive views. The interior of the Palace is remarkable with the decor, tapestries and furnishings. The main entrance with the marble stairway and the ceiling frescoes gives an expectation of things to come. Don't miss the chandeliers in the Dining Room, the walls and ceiling covered in porcelain in the Porcelain... More

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Frederick, Maryland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

This was a well worthwhile visit! The audio guide is definitely worth the money. Take your time to absorb each room and the fantastic decorations.

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Chicago
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

The palace was beautiful, grand and stylish. It isn't as baroque and whimsical as many European palaces, which makes it unique. The gardens on the north side were beautiful. We really enjoyed the Andalusian horses that the police guards around the palace rode. It is easy to get to the palace and the Spanish are generally so laid back about... More

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Canada
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19 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

The day that we went there was no line up. Admission fee was €10. Inside is a big courtyard and a long corridor concected to the palace and facing Manzanares River. In the courtyard you can find a good spot to capture the south side of the palace in one frame. Also you can take photos of the north side... More

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Chicago IL
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

Loved Gasparini Room, Royal Dining Room. Smaller and less ostentatious than most of the royal palaces, it is still delightful to see. We heard Royal Chapel was good too but we missed. Great display of armor.

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

Pleasant way to spend a couple of hours, no maps or written guide meaning you must rent an audio guide if you want any understanding of what you're looking at.

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Littleton, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

Loved this place. But hated to hear all the stories of backstabbing self- serving kings and royals. Interesting to see the suits of armour and historic weapons. Made it very real and not romantic any more.

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Alameda, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

So much art, frescos, statuary, tile work, sumptuous décor. We found the palace a well worth it experience.

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Palermo, Italy
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

A huge and beautiful royal palace. Three hours in it and you will stop to think to be in our century, an amazing jump into the past!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

Well maintained and great building. We didn't go in as it was late, but still well worth seeing. Lovely views and surrounding areas.

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