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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 #13 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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minneapolis
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

The highlight of this experience was the Armory. That part was particularly well-maintained and appeared to be a fairly complete collection of weapons and armor. The displays were thoughtfully curate with men on horses, all decked out with the full array of armor. The palace rooms were opulent but lacked the curation of the armory. Often, rugs were rolled up.... More

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Rota, Spain
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Give yourself at least 2 hours and pay the additional 4 euros to rent the audio tour which was so worth it. Admission was 10 euros and the Palace opens at 10am which is perfect for sleeping in just a bit, grabbing some breakfast then giving ourselves the self guided tour. The only downfall is not being able to photograph... More

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altoona, ia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I would recommend going here on a Sunday evening. There wasn't even a line when we arrived and there were not any crowds within the museum either. However, other days when we passed by (because the apartment we stayed in was near by) there were huge lines of people waiting to enter. Unfortunately, we didnt get to see the armory.... More

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california
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I saw this palace for the second time. The furnishings are exquisite. Children would love to see the armory room and the beautifully decorated walls and frescos. Be sure to rent head phones.

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Thousand Oaks, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I love visiting palaces and my teenage son went with me reluctantly. He loved it and still talks about how he's so glad I made him go. The palace is gorgeous and has 50 rooms and set up so nicely for visitors. Definitely a highlight for us in Madrid and worth the entry fee.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Enticed as we walked by, the museum doesn't have a lot to see. The palace has a ton of rooms though you can't view 90% of them. It has an armory, a nice view of the city, some really old Stradivari violins on display and really ornate clocks which were unexpected.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We spent our first day in Madrid touring the Palace Royal. Would highly recommend a visit if you have time! The audio guides were worth the extra few dollars!

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Lewiston, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

It was interesting as most of the attractions in this area, especially when it was featured in the news a few weeks later when the King abdicated.

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Baudette, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I am so glad we toured the palace! We had a wonderful guide, Laticia, who showed us all of the decadent, luxurious rooms--from the dressing rooms, the throne room, the dining hall--all were jaw dropping. Fun way to learn about the Spanish royals. Don't miss the armory and lovely, tasteful gift shop.

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Austin, Texas
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We spent about three hours touring the Palace and the Cathedral. Touring the Palace and the Cathedral, and walking through the Royal rooms was impressive. The furnishings, the gold and silver treasures, the appointments, and the rooms themselves were something you have to see. Travel books and internet sites do not do the Palace justice. The Spanish have such an... More

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