Casa de Pilatos
Casa de Pilatos
4.5
Historic SitesArchitectural BuildingsGardens
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Construction of this palace began in 1492. Today, part of the palace is a museum and is open to the public. There is a separate wing where the present Duchess of Medinaceli lives with her descendants and family. The palace has many gardens, patios, fountains, and salons. The patios contain many Roman statues. Everywhere on the first floor one will find Roman mosaic floors. The walls are covered with beautiful ceramic tile in many different Mudejar styles.
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  • Charles S
    Northamptonshire, United Kingdom1,036 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Palace of the Andalusian Governors
    A designated national monument, this is one of the finest palaces in Seville. Built in the 15th and 16th centuries it is believed to be a replica of Pilate's house in Jerusalem. The architecture is typical Andalusian with a central patio adorned with colorful ceramic tiles and antique sculptures. The Golden Room is beautiful with decorations and a collection of ancient Roman sculptures displayed throughout. Entry tickets include a free audio guide and there is a small additional charge for guided tours on the upper level.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Sally62
    Northampton, United Kingdom5,790 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not to be missed
    A beautiful house and gardens which wasn't too busy. We had paid for a ticket before we arrived but it is actually free to EU visitors (inc UK) on Monday afternoons between 3pm and 6pm but you will need your passport or ID. Lovely courtyard with fountain, tiled walls in rooms and carved wooden ceilings as well as a pretty garden and you can go up the staircase to the upper floor although the apartments weren't open when we visited. Not expensive to visit and definitely worth seeing - make sure this is on your list.
    Visited September 2022
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Modern Malcolm
    Manchester, United Kingdom139 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    This is a brilliant place I personally found it more impressive & interesting than the Real Alcazar. This maybe because it’s quieter & smaller with a much better audio guide but if the two I’d revisit Pilates again before Alcazar. The place has stunning interiors and a rich history and for a few extra euros we had a tour of the upstairs which was fascinating. Be aware, the Audio guide is via your phone so you need data & battery life. Its at no extra cost!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 24, 2023
  • Diederik
    Laren, The Netherlands31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth it!
    We had a bit of an unplanned weekend in Sevilla. We walked to this great place from our hotel though the narrow streets of the old city in the morning, getting there before the crowds. What a fantastic surprise this small ‘palatio’ is! Beautiful! Definitely worth it to stop by!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 1, 2023
  • Bluebellplasnewydd
    Cardiff, United Kingdom2,031 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent lived in palace
    Difficult not to give this a 5 star review. It is basically a palace containing tiles, stone masonry and gardens. The difference is that the aristocratic owners live here but you are unlikely to see them. There was queue to get in and this will be tiresome in mid summer. It seems that they allow visitors in every 30 minutes or so depending on how many are inside already. An audio guide is available and you can do a self tour. The entry fee is €10. If you are not fed up with ceramic tiles by the time you leave they are available for purchase in the shop for around €25. I did not see any tiles of good quality for sale elsewhere in Seville.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 24, 2023
  • Missaera
    New Jersey113 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quiet and amazing
    This place is amazing, rich in history and very well-kept. It’s small and easy to see the whole thing in a short amount of time. Get the audioguide as it has great interesting information of every room. I did not rush walking around and enjoyed the scenery. Not as crowded as other places so it’s enjoyable.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 30, 2024
  • permia
    63,082 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Delightful
    Suggest it should be on visit list of travellers. Sumptuous in its ornateness it makes for a memorable experience. With an azulejo collection deemed one of the best in the world, there is much to gaze and wonder at. Tranquil gardens are a treat to wander around. As are the lovely patios and courtyards.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 28, 2024
  • Andy C
    21 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful house and garden
    A good option if the Alcazar is too busy. A lovely house with mix of architecture- the €12 admission gives you access to the ground flier with an audio guide ( which is pretty good). Well worth a visit- probably takes an hour to do it justice.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 17, 2024
  • marieOxford
    Oxford, United Kingdom151 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The most beautiful architecture history and gardens
    I didn’t think anything would be better than Alcázar but loved this place. You csn do just ground floor with lovely small garden and courtyard and rooms filled with Islamic plasterwork, tiles and Roman sculptures. We did the upstairs tour too with a really charming interesting guide, saw the family areas with portraits and more splendour.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 7, 2024
  • Hilary M
    Whangarei, New Zealand226 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful small palace
    This beautiful house is well worth a visit. It has tiled walls throughout and well kept gardens. It opens at 9, so can be visited early in the day when there are fewer visitors. We only visited the lower floor, as the upper floor can only be visited with a guided tour for another 6 euros pp and didn’t start until 10. The house has several rooms and a peaceful atmosphere.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 26, 2024
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David B
El Barco de Avila, Spain660 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Apart from the Alcazar, this is the most important historical residential property in Seville. The ground floor is superb being decorated throughout with spectacular Andalusian tiles and the Moorish inspired plasterwork. The audioguided tour (included in the admission price) takes you round this floor and shows you the gardens and the later renaissance buildings which you see from outside as they are under restoration. You can then pay extra and visit the upper floor with a guide in either English or Spanish. This floor is decorated in a later style and is less spectacular bur remains very interesting as it shows how the property was lived in in recent times. First class.
Written January 12, 2020
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Fussyfi
Ipswich, UK195 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
A really interesting place. I have visited Alhambra and this is on a much smaller scale and you have to look a little harder for the amazing moments.

The downstairs is interesting showing beautiful ceilings and tile panels. Here you can freely take pictures and wander at your pace with an audio guide that is included in the entrance fee.

For another €2 you can take the guided tour upstairs. This is worth doing. It is more like a stately home with rooms furnished. There are 2 guides at a time one running a Spanish and one in English. Photos are NOT allowed inside.

I have rated this as 4/5 because I found the audio guide hard to interpret to what I could see.
Written February 9, 2020
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Paula M
North Lanarkshire, UK159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
Some great history here and a beautiful place to spend some time. Cost of entry includes an audio guide giving tons of information. Entry to the upper floor is by guided tour only. My guide Daniel was enthusiastic, interesting and very knowledgeable. A very enjoyable visit.
Written March 9, 2020
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Bluebellplasnewydd
Cardiff, UK2,031 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Difficult not to give this a 5 star review. It is basically a palace containing tiles, stone masonry and gardens. The difference is that the aristocratic owners live here but you are unlikely to see them. There was queue to get in and this will be tiresome in mid summer. It seems that they allow visitors in every 30 minutes or so depending on how many are inside already. An audio guide is available and you can do a self tour. The entry fee is €10. If you are not fed up with ceramic tiles by the time you leave they are available for purchase in the shop for around €25. I did not see any tiles of good quality for sale elsewhere in Seville.
Written October 24, 2023
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Bob
St. Neots, UK231 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We found this palace quite by accident whilst strolling around Seville. If you visit on a Monday, from the UK, take your passport and you will be given free admission in the late afternoon to the lower level. Upstairs is by guided tour only and it is amazing. The building is amazing and even just the lower level and small garden is well worth seeing. Take an audio guide for a commentary as you go round. A lot of the walls are covered with amazing ceramic tiles and there are no end of variations of patterns The staff are very friendly and helpful. Free for disabled visitors.
Written February 9, 2020
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VintageTraveler
Seville, Spain3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
The Palace is well preserved and taken care of. There are several original Roman pieces as well as some replicas and if you take the full guided tour there are a few room fulls of paintings and furniture and the opportunity to ask questions. However, the number of pieces is quite limited and there’s no opportunity to view on your own or take pictures. So not a lot for the cost of admission. I suggest alternative sites for those on a budget or time constraint
Written February 24, 2020
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MilesCF
Toulouse, France300 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
We went at 2.30pm and they told us it'd be free if we came back in thirty minutes, so we did. Free for EU citizens, as it happens. Not sure why.

We were only able to see the ground floor, which is peppered with busts and statues of Roman emperors, gods and goddesses. Without an audio guide (not suggested by the girl at the ticket desk) you're a bit lost, unless you're a bit of a specialised historian. The place was humming with other freeloaders, sometimes displaying the kind of behaviour one would expect from people who've just had something for free.

Honestly, if I were to go again I'd pay the price, get the audio guide and do it properly far from the madding crowd. The palace is a jewel but the mob spoiled it.
Written November 28, 2022
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deLord7000
195 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
This comes directly 3rd place for me after the Alhambra (Granada) and the Alcázar. It has a weird mix of different styles though: Roman statues, arabian arches, different tiles, tapestry, marble and paintings.
The price is 10€ for the groundlevel (includes audioguide) and 5€ extra (with personal guide) for the upper level. It makes sense to pay that extra, but our guide didn't speak English very well and honestly, I hardly understood what she was trying to say. Moreover, she was more than 10 minutes late while everyone was already waiting.
The audio guide for the groundfloor (German) was rather horrible. You would think that they would have people record that who are able to fluently read and speak but this sounded rather like someone who just started reading was recording it. They had waaaay too many pauses and the chapters were too long with too much uninteresting stuff. Really, the German audio guide SUCKED. Please fix this and get people who can properly read. This is ridiculous.
I only rated 4/5 because of the bad guides, both lower and upper level. The building itself is magnificient.
Maybe it helps to ask in advance whether the upper tour will be in (proper) English.
With guides I took 110 minutes but I also skipped a bit of the audio.
Written February 8, 2023
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Annijatravels
Dublin, Ireland111 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The staff was slightly unorganized in the palace. We did not receive audioguides or a map and also were not given clear directions of where to meet the tour guide for a top floor tour. I would recommend the tour if you a have an interest in paintings. The group consisted of around 30 people which was too large to fit into some of the palace's rooms. However, the bottom floor of the palace was very impressive and pleasant although did not match the grandeur of Alcazar palace.
Written January 3, 2020
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NomadicTraveller7
Fuerteventura11,753 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We queued up for the free visit and although it is a magnificent palace with its mixture of Islamic, Gothic and Renaissance Styles, we preferred the more intimate Palacio de las Duenas. It is still well worth a visit and I have many fine pictures of the courtyards, gardens. The mudejar building style is splendid with numerous arches and little courtyards. The gardens wee stunning and this was early March. There were also marvellous artifacts and many different and interesting objects, and some of the walk tiling was magnificent and were some of the ceilings. As we visited during the free to enter period and had to wait for about an hour to enter because the numbers allowed in at any one time was restricted.
Written February 28, 2021
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