Achilleion Museum

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Achilleion Museum

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Jeremy P
Dallas, Texas95 contributions
Jul 2021 • Solo
This attraction is in an isolated area. If you go with a tour company, they charge an absurd amount of
money, and basically, you’re paying the tour outfit
for a ride to/from the palace. Far better value to take the #10 bus from the central square in the
city. You can purchase tickets either from the
clearly marked ticket /information kiosk in the
square or from the driver onboard. The cost is
1.5 euros in each direction, and the tricky thing is
that the boarding venue is 200m from the main
square. The Palace is the final stop, and the ride
takes 20 minutes going, and 30 minutes on the
return. The Palace only takes 45 minutes to tour,
and it’s crucial to know that buses return from the
Palace to Corfu at 12.20, 2.50, and 5.20, so plan
the bus from Corfu accordingly, so you don’t get
stuck at the Palace, waiting 2 hours for the return.
I recommend going early in the day, both because
of the heat, but also, because the big tour buses
come in the afternoon. The admission in 10 euros, 8 for those over 65. The garden in the back
of the palace is lovely, and the piece de resistance is the sculpture of the death of Achilles. Due to renovation inside, only the ground floor is currently open.
Written July 18, 2021
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TrewinDorset
Christchurch234 contributions
Sep 2021
Beautiful views, gardens and interior, a lovely couple of hours.
Happy to pay €10 each to contribute towards the upkeep of such a lovely place.
The gardens and views across to Corfu Town, bay and airport were the highlight for us. Only the ground floor of the museum is currently open, but fascinating memorabilia of Kaiser Wilhelm and an exhibition about Maria Callas were interesting.
We visited on our last day in Corfu, before heading to the airport (15 mins away) and it was a perfect visit, the gardens in the sunshine were beautiful and not crowded.
We finished up at the Bella Vista cafe (just down the hill to the right of the museum) - recommend their delicious apple pie & lemonade on their terrace.
Written September 8, 2021
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SizzR
Sheffield, UK41 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
The palace itself is beautiful and grand, and you cannot view the outside fully without buying a ticket. It's wonderful to look at (despite the aging, which I like - I don't expect to see it as pristine as it originally would have been) but once inside only the bottom floor is open.

There is an information board outside, brief leaflets inside (they had no English ones left unfortunately, but plenty of other languages available), but limited information other than that. There are small plagues with brief descriptions near items, but they are vague and don't even have dates to know which period they are from. All in all, it doesn't take long to get around the bottom floor.

The gardens are beautiful and you get to see the statues of Achilles and a great view over to Corfu Old Town. Otherwise there is not much else to see in the whole place. Even if you can't see anymore inside, it'd be nice to be able to explore the grounds more as they head down toward the beach.
There is building work being done so maybe they are planning on opening more of the building up to the public, but they should reduce the price in the meantime.
Written October 26, 2021
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David D
Devon, UK13,226 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Monday 23rd August we drove from our accommodation in Barbati to visit this former Palce. We were advised by a local Taverna owner that here was a place to see.

We parked up in the free car park and climbed an exhausting number steps up to where the old palace, now Museum is located.

Frankly we were shocked to see that the entrance fee was €10, especially when there was a sign advising visitors that sections of the building were closed or refurbishment and repairs.

We thought we would not bother with the museum, seemed to bit of a rip off, but would have a stroll through the gardens so we walked in through the gates. We were soon followed by a lady shouting "ticket ticket" we asked if we had to pay to visit the gardens, yes full entrance fee. We promptly left.

There were a number of organised tour coaches parked up outside, dread to think how much they paid for the experience.
Written August 23, 2021
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hollyjlw
4 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
This isn't worth the money. Be aware you will only be able to see the bottom floor of the palace museum which is rather small and the objects on display aren't interesting at all. They do not make people aware of this before entering and by this point you've already paid. I wouldn't recommend.
Written October 13, 2021
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The G
Warsaw, Poland3 contributions
Jul 2021 • Friends
At the moment, it is not possible to rate highly. "Renovation" in progress 3/4 of the building is excluded from viewing, for 10 € for a ticket for 20 minutes of sightseeing, it is very poor. Pictures and objects are indescribable. No work is in progress but you cannot go to that rooms that could be better used are occupied by an unrelated exhibition about Maria Callas. Everything is decaying, fungus on the wall. The longer I visit Corfu, the more I am convinced that the inhabitants do not care what they got. They're more interested in taking the parking fee.
Written July 20, 2021
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Anna C
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg15 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
I have never seen a building in such a state of dilapidation . One is only aware that the building is being renovated when one arrives at the ticket office. The only floor which is open is the ground floor with very little explanation- the paintings have been taken off the walls and there is no indication which room is which. In fact Sissy only visited this summer house twice a year during eight years - just before she was unfortunately assassinated. The gardens and the exterior of the house are in a deplorable state and the only thing worth seeing is the view over to Corfu town, the famous ceiling in the hallway. and the statues of Achille. It is a real sad state of affairs that the Greek gouvernement can Allie this to happen.
Written October 19, 2021
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Sandra S
1 contribution
Aug 2021
Not a great experience for us, not prepared for the extremely narrow road up to the museum and did not realise massive tour buses and local busses go up there and literally force you off the road with nowhere to go. The museum is not filled with any Sisi artifacts, instead some stuffy costumes of Maria Callas and some photos of Kaiser Wilhelm and others. Nothing is explained well and yes, upstairs is closed of course. The outside of the buildings are derilict and the trees now so tall and not cut back at all, no sea views from the terrace. Were dreading to go back the same windy, narrow road. Very stressful experience! My advice - avoid driving up there unless very early in the morning. Don't bother going up there if you are hoping for some original Sisi furniture or clothing. or photos.
Written September 29, 2021
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Ryanuk
Church Gresley, UK149 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Only giving 3 stars as most of the property and top level of the grounds are closed due to renovation.

£10 Euros for 5 rooms and a well manicured country estate garden a bit steep think there should be a discount whilst it's being worked on .

Anyway the grounds are great lots of photo opportunities remaking James bond scenes .

Not that busy for a sunny Thursday afternoon was able to take photos and stroll through the grounds pretty much to out selves .

Parking easy lots of free roadside or large parking a short stroll away .

Is it worth a visit yes historic importance just a shame about the renovations
Written September 9, 2021
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Tracey T
16 contributions
Sep 2021
Currently not worth the entrance fee! I would like to have written a positive review but given the cost of 10 euros I cannot! The history of this place really intereted me andi was aware there would be floors closed off but I expected the floor on view to be impressive. Why not at least have photos of the grand interiors and information about the work being done? The gardens must have been lovely in their day and the views great but it felt uncared for. I am sure it is a matter of staffing and cost but the National Trust manage such renovation times so well. I will continue to use the net to research this property. I learnt so !little from this visit! A lovely building but not a lot for the fee. If you go, arriving at about 9 was fine. After that, so many tour groups made it less pleasant.
Written September 18, 2021
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