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.
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
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:
Get directions
Address: No.4 Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009, China (Formerly Forbidden City (Imperial Palace))
Phone Number: 010-85007422, 85007421
Website
Today
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Tue - Sun 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Consisting of more than 9,000 rooms and spread over 250 acres, this huge...
Consisting of more than 9,000 rooms and spread over 250 acres, this huge palace complex was built in the 15th century and later extensively renovated and restored during the Qing Dynasty in the 18th century.
read more
Visit The Palace Museum like an insider
VIP Tour
$195*
and up
Viator VIP: Beijing's Forbidden City with Special Viewing of...
Private Tour
$411*
and up
4-Day Private Tour of Beijing: Great Wall, Forbidden City...
Small Group
$73*
and up
Small Group Beijing City Tour

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 5,680 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 3148
    Excellent
  • 1812
    Very good
  • 597
    Average
  • 98
    Poor
  • 25
    Terrible
Well worth the visit

The Forbidden City is a huge complex. I was part of a tour group, and it is certainly worthwhile having a guide with you to explain the history of the complex and each area that... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
Jewlzcee
,
Hamilton
Add Photo Write a Review

5,680 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English 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
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Thai first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Hamilton
Top Contributor
103 reviews 103 reviews
57 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

The Forbidden City is a huge complex. I was part of a tour group, and it is certainly worthwhile having a guide with you to explain the history of the complex and each area that you visit. You cannot quite believe how large this complex is, but when you consider the number of people housed here can certainly see why... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

Visited the 2nd time but never fails to amaze! Imagine life when it was occupied by the Emperors of China during its heydays. Every nook and cranny of the museum tells its own unique story. A visit of a lifetime!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Flekkefjord, Norway
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
13 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Nice place, but I bet it is waay more interesting if you have a guide to tell you about the history. We were just walking around taking pictures.. Not really something i recommend. Find a guide!!

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
St. Albans, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

I hadn't really appreciated the scale of the Forbidden City so it was a revelation to visit. An absolute must-see on any trip to Beijing

Was this review helpful? Yes
Mumbai (Bombay), India
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
17 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Always wanted to visit the Forbidden city but somehow couldn't manage it even though I traveled to Beijing a few times. This time availed the opportunity and was amazed. You feel a part of the history when you walk through this vast property. There are so many POIs within the complex that you can spend hours together. But then it... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Nora
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

We visited the forbidden City in the beginning of april. It was very crowded due to a Chinese holiday. You couldn´t explore, just had to follow the stream of people.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Wallace, Idaho
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

We visited here 28 years ago and it is still as impressive as before. The difference is that now you can not enter the main temples but can only look inside. Also, 28 years ago we were there with about 20 other people, now about 20 thousand other people. Welcome to the "new" China, but that is part of the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sheffield, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
56 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Years ago I watched the film 'The last Emperor', and from then on wanted to see the Forbidden City, and was really pleased to visit during a tour of China last November. The sheer size of this is amazing, it just seems to go on forever. There are different sections separated by open squares. Apparently the Emperor had 3000 concubines,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
144 reviews 144 reviews
85 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

The size of the complex is incredible. It is hard to believe that an Emperor lived here with his various wives, concubines etc.... The pomp and ceremony can only be guessed at. It would be amazing to go back in time and spend a day here!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Perth Australia
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Like many of the other reviewers have said this is a must see. It is also very crowded with locals enjoying their history. At times it is deafening as hundreds of competing tour guides each with a microphone and speaker, tell their group the history of the Forbidden City. Despite all of this we are pleased we went.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed The Palace Museum also viewed

 

Been to The Palace Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

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

See all questions (5)

Questions? Get answers from The Palace Museum 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?