Royal Palace of Madrid

Royal Palace of Madrid

Royal Palace of Madrid
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Luxurious, over-the-top rococo palace with over 2,000 opulently gilded rooms.
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
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Admission tickets
from $20.40
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Plan your visit
The area
Address
Neighborhood: Centro
Expansive plazas, local and foreign crowds, street performers, colorful lights, window shopping, restaurant signs promising the best paella, ham, and churros con chocolate- this is downtown Madrid, a collection of plazas interconnected by a network of side streets. Some of these side streets are wide pedestrian shopping routes, and some are hidden, so it's possible to duck in and out of the bustle as desired. The iconic Puerta del Sol is the giant crossroads of the city and a must-see attraction at any time of the day. The nearby Plaza Mayor, completely enclosed by historic red buildings, is an ideal place to grab a bite to eat outside, amidst scores of tables and people out for a stroll. Plaza Isabel II (also known as “Opera”) is smaller and a good meeting spot, and the stately Plaza del Oriente is the front yard of the Royal Palace. Centro can be touristy (pickpockets are unfortuately not unheard-of here), crowded, and sometimes gimmicky, but it is also the place to experience classic Madrid.
How to get there
  • Ópera • 5 min walk
  • Santo Domingo • 9 min walk
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stulimom
Bonita Springs, FL856 contributions
Apr 2022
We did a tour on our own of the inside of this palace using their audio guides. They were very helpful and the staff was great at helping you get it going. Each room was more spectacular than the other. Even though it's not lived in now it's a beautiful building with a nice self-guided tour. And be sure to buy your tickets beforehand.....and check which days it's closed due to its use for visiting dignitaries. It was closed 3 days when we visited so we had to plan our visit around that.
Written May 23, 2022
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fssutton1
Charleston, SC802 contributions
May 2022
I think the interior is more impressive than Versailles. Notes on entry. If you want a discounted ticket then bring an ID. I would buy my ticket in advance either online or at the external station near a small park and where the groups enter. Then go around to the side and thats where there are two lines for non-groups ie, with and without tickets. The interior rooms are amazing. Takes about an hour once you are in.
Written May 23, 2022
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Senioronabudget
Kent, WA917 contributions
Apr 2022
While the palace if huge, it is not Versailles. We found the descriptions, while in English, a bit dry. We did tour the kitchen, which is worth the effort.
Written May 22, 2022
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Tony C
Bedford, UK990 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
This is about a 10 minute walk from Opera Square and easy to find. We got there just after opening and the queues were reasonable. The entrance cost is not expensive.
During Covid times we had to wear a mask (this May now have changed bit I would check). We hired the headphones which do add to the self guided tour and allow you to visit at your own pace.
I would highly recommend spending some time here (we stayed for about 3 hours) as there is plenty to see and you also learn the history of the royal family. Make sure you visit the Armoury - this is away from the main house.
Written May 19, 2022
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VijayshyamAcharya
Bengaluru, India4 contributions
May 2022
an experience in royal luxury. each room is a different experience in colour, grandeur and feel. The walls, chandeliers, detailing....all superb. If you are in Madrid, you should not miss this place.
Written May 18, 2022
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DalliW1
Malta764 contributions
May 2022
the royal palace which allows free entry to EU members. the inside is beautiful, with numerous open rooms you can wander through at your heart's desire. loved it
Written May 17, 2022
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Diane G
Temecula, CA374 contributions
Apr 2022
This palace is beautifully decorated and you can't help but be in awe of the enormous chandeliers throughout the tour. Although the King and his family do not reside here, it is still used for business purposes and welcoming dignitaries. The furniture and rooms are just lovely.
Written May 16, 2022
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Kimkf2014
Denver, CO207 contributions
Apr 2022
We loved visiting this beautiful palace. The rooms were filled with wonderful decorative details. We bought our tickets in advance and were glad we did. The line to buy tickets was very long. We also added the optional Royal Kitchen tour. I would highly recommend this added tour, especially if you are a foodie.
Written May 12, 2022
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gtkim2
Maui, HI40 contributions
Apr 2022
This should be a must see in Madrid. The line for tix can get quite long, so buy online in advance to avoid having to wait.
The audioguide is an excellent overview of the palace and is worth listening to. Be sure to visit the armory as well - it is beyond spectacular. The level of detail is something we just don't see anymore.
Written May 11, 2022
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Nickie3015
London, UK74 contributions
May 2022
We have been to Madrid many times but never inside the Royal Palace, so this time we got tickets in advance so there was no queue to get in. We absolutely loved it and would recommend a visit there - particularly if you can get an entrance ticket on opening as it was lovely seeing the rooms alone.
Written May 11, 2022
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Frequently Asked Questions about Royal Palace of Madrid

Royal Palace of Madrid is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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