Achilleion Museum
Achilleion Museum
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Speciality MuseumsHistoric Sites
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Open only the Imperial gardens, from 08:00 – 16:00 daily. The palace is closed due to restoration work.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Mike S
    Cardiff, United Kingdom16 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Attractive gardens, lots of steps
    Spent an hour here as part of an excursion. The building itself was closed for restoration, and was basically a building site. Since its function as casino ended, it has been lacking TLC and the cracks were literally showing, I'm sure it'll be great when finished! It has an interesting history, albeit only covering about 130 years, culminating in its use as a location for the Roger Moore Bond film 'For Your Eyes Only'. I'll have to watch it again. The forest trails are out of bounds but we could stroll through some of the terraced gardens dotted with sculptures, the most notable being the depictions of Achilles, whether dying in marble or striking an heroic pose in bronze. Beneath the latter, there was a fantastic panoramic view towards Corfu Town. Be aware that there are plenty of steps from the entrance to the palace itself, which can be tiring on a hot day, especially in the morning when the sun blazed from the east.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 17, 2023
  • JohnGoesPlaces
    Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom6 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Disappointing
    We have been trying to visit the palace for the past 2 years that we have been visiting Corfu. Sadly the main building is still closed due to an endless renovation. Also, charging 5 EUR for visiting a tiny garden which offers solely view to Corfu town and airport is disappointing.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 26, 2023
  • CaptCook
    233 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Inacce-Sisi-ble
    There is some history to this spotz and Sisi groupies will probably get some value. But overall, it's hard to give this site higher than three stars, and I couldn't disagree with those who gave it two stars. Unfortunately, the interior is being rennovated and therefore inaccessible. The exterior is also undergoing alterations and makes for poor photos. The gardens are - quite frankly - overhyped and fairly ordinary. Finally, when one of the highlights is a statue commissioned by Kaiser Wilhelm, then you know you're in a place that truly lacks class ...
    We appreciate your feedback on your visit to the Achilleion Museum. We understand your disappointment with the ongoing interior renovations and alterations to the exterior. Rest assured, we are actively addressing these issues to enhance the overall visitor experience. While the gardens may not have met your expectations, many visitors find solace in the serene surroundings and historical significance. The museum boasts attractions like the iconic statue commissioned by Kaiser Wilhelm, adding a unique touch to the historical narrative. We value your insights and are committed to making improvements to ensure a more enjoyable visit for all patrons. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
    Written January 8, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 23, 2023
  • Somerset321
    Ilminster, United Kingdom98 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pleasant stop off
    Visited in April, and the gardens were looking lovely with lots of purple wisteria mixed in with some other flowers. The views are fantastic from the Archilles statue. As others have said, the museum was closed, and there was building work going on, but this was not obtrusive on the parts of the garden we walked in. Back in the UK our local National Trust place has their house closed for building work and still charges people £13 to enter just the gardens! We didn’t feel ripped off paying 5 euros, as others have commented. It was a nice stop for us on a drive around the coast. Not sure it's worth paying for a trip specifically to see the place, or taking a long walk to see.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 6, 2024
  • Cheryl T
    Melkbosstrand, South Africa424 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Achilleon Palace Gardens
    The palace still closed for renovation since 2019. The gardens are worth visiting with an exceptional view over the city. The blue line bus visits the site. The entry could be reduced as the palace closed but still €15 pp.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 7, 2024
  • Rosie C
    24 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very pretty gardens, house remains closed
    Lovely to stroll around the gardens for an hour checking out the many neoclassical statues plus a spectacular view over Corfu Town. It's scenic even if you have no interest in Sisi and more interesting if you do. It's 5 euros entry at the moment. The house itself is closed for restoration and shows no sign of opening any time soon. There are maybe 2 flights of stairs to climb, it's not hard to get around. The cafe next door has Sisi themed books and souvenirs. Bus 10 takes about 25 minutes from Corfu Town, leaving from a stop near Sarocco Square (ask at the ticket office or look for the sign). This is a blue local bus - not the intercity KTEL green bus, though bus 10 does stop at the green bus terminal on the way. The bus goes to Achilleon as its main destination and has a screen inside showing current and upcoming stops, it was maybe 6 euro return. Also nice to get into the hills, it's quite green and cooler.than Corfu Town.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 14, 2024
  • Merike T
    Estonia111 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Under renovation, garden accessible only!
    We would love to see the inside of the building, but it's closed! They are renovating it. You can only access the garden and have to pay the entrance fee still. Its a bit cheaper though compared to when its fully opened. But do your research first when planning to visit the site and want to explore the indoors as well.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 28, 2024
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David D
Devon, UK25,796 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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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The G
Warsaw, Poland9 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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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hollyjlw
22 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Sandra S
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Anna C
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg38 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Ryanuk
Church Gresley, UK241 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Steve Buckley
London, UK8,884 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
My wife and myself are currently holidaying in Benitses (staying at the recently opened Angsana Corfu Hotel - Review to follow) and this afternoon decided to go to the nearby Achillion Museum/Palace pay to see if things had improved since our last visit some 3 years ago (see previous Review).

Unfortunately, it quickly became clear on arrival that much of the property was unavailable due to ongoing refurbishment so we decided to delay our return visit until next year. Hopefully by then there will have been a significant improvement as this is potentially a first-class attraction!!
Written July 10, 2021
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steven d
Hemiksem, Belgium23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Family
What a pity the Greek government Does not maintain this property and the German kaizer sold the original furniture and belongings of Sissi. now with almost empty rooms the museum looses a lot of its grandeur it must have had some 120years ago
We liked though the anecdotes on the audio guide that tried to bring back alive the atmosphere of this country palace.
Garden and rooftop terrace are in an acceptable state And the views are magnificent
Written July 28, 2020
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SizzR
Sheffield, UK72 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Tracey T
17 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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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