The Palace of Knossos
The Palace of Knossos
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This prehistoric archaeological site is located just outside the island's capital city, surrounded by beautiful hills. You'll be transported back in time as you explore the ruins and learn about the fascinating history of this ancient city. The Throne Room is a highlight, with stunning frescoes that have survived for thousands of years. Make sure to visit early in the day, especially during summer, to avoid the long lines under the hot sun. You can also get skip-the-line tickets on a walking tour, that includes commentary from a knowledgeable guide. There are also combo tickets that include the Heraklion Archaeological Museum. – Tripadvisor
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  • Julie D
    4 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A disappointment
    My husband and I visited the palace of Knossos in February, 2023. In all honesty, we were somewhat disappointed as we were expecting more from this supposed world-class archeological site. To begin, we were charged the full entry fee but the area was only partially open, with no notification of this upon entry. Guides were available, but wanted 25 Euro per person for an hour long, group tour. The site offered no map but relied on a few signs and a QR code you could scan if you had Internet service. The site itself was very interesting, detailing ancient Minoan life, but too much of it had been altered from its original form to be taken seriously.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 1, 2023
  • Wistraveller365
    Munich, Germany143 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience
    I recommend using a guide tour can do a private tour or you can jump in with a group. I also recommend getting the museum trip also. There is a lot of history and although they have signs to read someone with more experience telling the story will make it a better experience. We walked around without a guide and had a fabulous time looking at 4000 yrold history. Easy walking and signs were in Greek and English.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 1, 2023
  • Christian A
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A pleasurable day at the minotaurless Palace of Knossos.
    As a World History teacher, this place has been on my list for a long time. Rathe than hire a guide we opted to download the audio tour app. We were not disappointed. Love our time exploring the labyrinth which is Knossos!
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 2, 2023
  • John T
    Aviemore, United Kingdom191 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A well run tour of Knossos Palace and Herakleon
    Excellent tour guided using radio audio equipment by expert Roxanni. We booked through our Mitsis hotel. A couple of hours history of the 3500-year-old regards of the Minoan palace at Knossos, followed by a tour of central Herakleon. A couple of hours free time, then an optional guided tour of the Museum containing amazing artefacts from the Minoans, bronze age inhabitants and Romans. Coach picked us up and dropped us off at our hotel, the Royal Mare. Trip price included admission to Knossos and the Museum, some tours are cheaper but do not include admission.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 10, 2023
  • Ian B
    Sixpenny Handley, United Kingdom96 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice day out, shame about the poor quality workmanship on what was imagined it should look like.
    It was a good experience and we enjoyed walking around and taking in the views. There were good boards to help explain the palace. One thing was clear, some guy called Arthur Evans basically got them to build it up in line with his imagination- which seamed strange. I am no builder, though clear to see the mortar work was appalling and it had been re-pointed even force. An Archeologist would have a fit.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 14, 2023
  • Cameltamer
    Amman, Jordan273 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The main reason to visit Heraklion
    Took a taxi from Harbor to site . Paid 13 euros and trip was only 12 minutes. Their Wi-Fi service is terrible. Walked around without a guide and took us 2 hours Reconstructed few areas to put you in the feel of what it was . Most employees there want to help but their English is too weak.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 17, 2023
  • Albert B
    Cincinnati, Ohio395 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do not miss
    Great experience off the cruise ship. We rode a taxi both ways from square next to the archaeological museum in town. About 15 minutes and 12-15 euros. It's also a stop on the hop on hop off buses. Fairly easy walk about for these 70 year olds. VERY NICE gift shop. Ticket was 15 euros (20 euro option with museum in town). Discount for Seniors from EU. You can skip the expensive ship tours. Go early in the day to perhaps beat some of the crowds (judge by the number of cruise ships in port)
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 26, 2023
  • rosebug
    3,291 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must See if visiting Crete
    Bought skip the line tickets, so no queuing, straight to the turnstile and in! I was so excited to finally be visiting this important archaeological site that I had learnt about 50 years ago in Classical Studies, and it did not disappoint. And the backdrop to the Palace of hills and trees are so beautiful too. There are shops and places to eat and drink inside the entrance and just across the road. We had a leisurely look around and spent just over 2 hours there.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 1, 2023
  • Telont
    Worcestershire, United Kingdom81 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Palace of Knossos
    It was an interesting visit where we learned some of the historical background including Crete ownership. It is pretty much a well run down ruin but the guide had pictures to show what the palace looked like originally. It's pretty rocky and not easy for people with trouble walking. You can purchase a ticket to include the Archaeological Museum in Heraklion at a saving.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 7, 2023
  • Caroline
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom88 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historical place, interesting just too busy
    Really interesting place to visit, very old and alot of palace to see. Cost us 20 euros each to get in which to be honest is a tad expensive really. It did include the museum but didn’t get to see it as it’s so busy and full of tourists.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 9, 2023
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NorthStar17536075871
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The amount of entitled tourist reviews stating their disappointment in an ancient building from the actual Neolithic Era here is absolutely insane.

Not sure what people expected from the remnants of a 5024 year old site that existed in 3000 BCE - Minoans, their ruins and for that matter modern day Cretans don't exist FOR you, but you're allowed to appreciate what they're willing to share.

The entitlement is absolutely profound, please stay home if you're expecting anything more from the ruins of a five thousand year old palace.
Written February 24, 2024
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Kate Gaul
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Sep 2023 • Friends
Hated this place - reproduction ruins with poor interpretation. Save your time and money!!! Its just aweful. Go to a nice archeological museum elsewhere - where all the actual loot is!!!
Written February 22, 2024
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John P
Melbourne, Australia1,191 contributions
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Jan 2024 • Couples
Knossos was one of the earliest archaeological sites I read about close to 60 years ago. At that time we had family discussions about the legitimacy of Evans’ work. I have to say having spent two weeks on mainland Greece visiting sites that Knossos is probably the most disappointing. Interpretation is not great though we could have taken a guide but even with our pretty good notes that we had prepared it was not easy to completely understand the place or to be clear about the extent of Evans’ interventions. I look forward to visiting the Heraklion Museum which might offer a different and more informative view, I felt my Knossos visit was somewhat underwhelming!
Written January 15, 2024
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Xavier R
Monterey, CA5 contributions
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Dec 2023 • Family
The palace of Knossos was the reason for our trip to Crete. Unfortunately we were in Crete on two days of the year that the palace is closed. Tours in Heraklion was able to make adjustments on the fly and get us into the palace. We booked two days of tours with the company that ended up becoming three days of tours due to the closures.

The tour company reached out to us as information became available to them and were flexible throughout.

At the palace our tour guide was super informative and allowed time for pictures and our general meandering nature.

I recommend booking with Tours in Heraklion if your travels take you to Crete.

And I recommend that your travels take you to Crete.
Written January 12, 2024
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Amazing6313
Malaysia18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Beautiful place, come here on December 2023. Enjoy the amazing view. It's early winter but still very hot. Not many people during our visit.
Written December 20, 2023
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AprilForbes
Salisbury, UK828 contributions
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Nov 2023 • Family
Wow, what an amazing prehistoric site, absolutely fascinating.

The scenery and views are stunning, sunny and hot even in winter

If you have any mobility issues, this site might not be for you, walking over stones and quite a few stairs.

Parts of the palace are in a fantastic condition, whilst some not so much, whatever you think the history is just wonderful.

This is definitely worth a visit 🌞
Written November 21, 2023
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Michelle T
New York City, NY666 contributions
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Sep 2023 • Couples
Unlike some other historical spots, there actually isn’t much of Knossos left. So while it is called a palace, it’s really an archaeological site with ruins. There is a lot of imagination involved with a visit to Knossos, as a lot of it is either gone or moved to the Heraklion Archaeological Museum. If you’re looking for something as grand as the Acropolis or even as well maintained as Pompeii, this isn’t it. Go in with this mindset and you won’t be disappointed. I do highly recommend a tour guide, as I feel like we would’ve had a hard time envisioning what Knossos used to look like without her help.
Written November 18, 2023
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rr177
Waterbury, CT765 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
We visited to site in September 2023. I had seen shows about it before, but it was very disappointing in purpose. I know it is very old, but there is very little to actually see besides a few walls which have been reconstructed. I do not think it is worth visiting.
Written November 8, 2023
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Sheelah C
Paris, France7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Truly it was a very interesting glimpse of the Minoan history in the 7th millennium BC. Nevertheless, based on the pictures I saw on the website when I bought the tickets, I didn't expect the place to be a complete ruin. My bad, I should've researched more.

The site doesn't seem to be well maintained. There were some spots that seemed abandoned to deterioration.

The layout is confusing. The path of the visit is not well indicated. So at one point, we were lost and had to refer to the map.

The site is not for disabled persons: on wheelchair or having mobility issues.
Written November 1, 2023
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Freedom55288423583
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
Crowded and rushed. We didn't see everything because we were on a schedule. Having to sit through both English and German was tedious though our guide was wonderful.
Written October 30, 2023
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