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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 439 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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Cambridge, England
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

You get to see a lot of state rooms - the porcelain ceiling was a real high point. The walk through was logically laid out and made for an interesting and not-too-long visit.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We must made it here before the last entry time, I don't know whether that was why but we didn't have to pay. Note - you need ID to get it so make sure you take some with you. Both from the outside and inside this is an amazing place to walk around with many amazing rooms and good views... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Amazing building. Still in use by the Royal Family. Amazing detail and quality of furnishings and art. The Throne room was a favorite.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The lines were huge outside the palace but we were told they were for the free entrance for Europeans. The paying line for non-Europeans was much shorter so don't stand in the long line if you are not European. Go straight to the entrance instead. There are 3,400 rooms but you only see a few floors. The furniture and paintings... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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60 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We were a party of ten and greatly enjoyed our visit to the palace that showed the grandeur of Spain. The murals on the ceilings were magnificent and the furnishings gave us a feeling of the time and the opulence of the royal family Don't miss this place on a trip to Madrid

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Metro Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

Awesome interiors with very rich history. Annoying though that you can't take pictures! One of the guards almost tackled us when we're trying to take a photo (signs said no flash and not no photos so we assumed taking pics was ok).

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Houston, Texas
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Great visit of the palace, the armory and the cathedral. The palace itself isn't huge, nor are the armory and cathedral. Easily done in under 2 hours.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to see this, if you're in the area stop by though. It's a quick ten - 15 minute stop since you cannot go in. Architecture is beautiful, the entire place is enormous, but you'll most likely get a few pictures then keep walking. Note: I would recommend doing the Cathedral, Palace, and... More

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Helsinki, Finland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Another great place that could be so much better as an tourist attraction. I ended up paying 10€ for the visit since the queue last evening which allows eu and south american citizens to get in for free was 200m long. I could not find a place to get an audioguide, but never mind, there werent any numbers to be... More

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Auburn, Maine
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109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We went back and forth over whether or not we wanted to bother with the Palace, but we're glad we decided to visit and would recommend it to others. The rooms are very impressive, and most of the rooms include an English language placard describing the room's use and important features. We felt like we got plenty out of the... More

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