We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Topkapi Palace

Travelers' Choice award winner
Neighborhood:
Sultanahmet
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Neighborhoods
Neighborhoods
Get directions
Address: | Gulhane Park, near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: (0212) 522 44 22
Website
Improve this listing
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: This enormous palace was the Imperial residence of Ottoman sultans for...
This enormous palace was the Imperial residence of Ottoman sultans for almost 400 years. Although much of the palace is not accessible, the daily tours of the Harem are of great interest to tourists.
read more
Book ahead on Viator
Recommended
More Info
$170*
and up
Complete Istanbul Topkapi Palace Hagia Sophia...
Skip the Line
More Info
$38*
and up
Skip the Line: Topkapi Palace Tour in Istanbul...
Private Tour
More Info
$113*
and up
Private Tour: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing...

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 15,017 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 9159
    Excellent
  • 4097
    Very good
  • 1404
    Average
  • 281
    Poor
  • 76
    Terrible
go early to avoid massive queues!

Spent 3 hrs just wandering around - very lovely but go early in the morning as the queues to get in and then to enter a number of the specific areas can run to a few hours each... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
clareandfamily
,
london

Similar Things to Do in Istanbul

Add Photo Write a Review

15,017 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • Arabic first
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Czech first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Finnish first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Hungarian first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Serbian first
  • Slovak first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Thai first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
london
Level Contributor
16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Spent 3 hrs just wandering around - very lovely but go early in the morning as the queues to get in and then to enter a number of the specific areas can run to a few hours each! As a result we didn't see the treasures or several other highlights as the queues in 30' was beyond the kids! However... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

There was a line of approximately 1 hour for each section. It was so crowded it was impossible to appreciate something. The security gard urges you to exit whenever you enter the alley of a section. We felt it was like a slaughter house. We decided to leave because we were not ready to waste half the day waiting in... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Los Angeles
Level Contributor
28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Worth battling the crowds to take in the sites on the gorgeous grounds set against the Bosporus. One beautiful garden after another. Pay the extra fee and don't miss the Harem!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level Contributor
13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

The sultans did not mess around. This is a must see. Completely jaw-dropping. We did not stand in line to see Mohammad's stuff, but we did for the jewels-- don't worry, it moves quickly. Definitely buy the extra ticket to the Harem!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
64 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Topkapi palace is a must see attraction while in Istanbul. It went even more famous after the "Harim el Sultan" series that was filmed in this palace. We really enjoyed the walk around the place and I insisted on visiting the Haramlek section although you should pay additional fees to enter this place and the guide was advising us not... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Godollo, Hungary
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Mindenkkinek csak ajánlani tudom, akit érdekel a múlt. Jó állapotban vannak az épületek. A kávézóban finom a puding. I can only recommend everyone who is interested in the past. The buildings are in good condition. In the coffee shop the pudding and tea are good.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Tasmanian
Level Contributor
76 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Good to walk around the grounds and take in the views and gardens. Enjoyed the clocks display. The lines were too long to go to most other areas. The automatic ticket machines were out of order but there was no signs! took us a while to work all of this out, not very helpful.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cooroy, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Soldier on guard was very friendly and happy to have his photo taken. Palace was beautiful with wonderful displays.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Whilst is is one the 'must see' attractions - it is not that well structred there seems to be a lack of awareness on how to effectively manage crowds - extremely glad we had a guide and that it wasn't croded. The view from the terrace cafe is worth the high price for the snack

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
47 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Unique palace of Sultans from the Byzantine Period of history. Amazing architecture and tour to understand better the methods and beliefs employed during that Imperial Rule time.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Topkapi Palace also viewed

 

Been to Topkapi Palace? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Topkapi Palace and other visitors
19 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (19)

Questions? Get answers from Topkapi Palace staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?

Staying in Sultanahmet

Neighborhood Profile
Sultanahmet
With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
Explore this neighborhood