Royal Palace of Madrid
Royal Palace of Madrid
4.5
Historic SitesArchitectural Buildings
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.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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The area
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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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  • John A Carter
    Lower Sackville, Canada3,756 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    To the palace
    This is a working palace in Spain. Very detailed very orient beautiful woodworking fabric work stonework very impressive. Unfortunately you can’t take any pictures. They have staff yelling at people to not take pictures in most of the indoor locations. What is very beautiful.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written April 20, 2023
  • kjf_x
    Carnoustie, United Kingdom1,436 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Building
    Beautiful building both inside and out. Amazing grounds and many rooms to visit inside. No photos are allowed once you are inside, There can be extremely long queues if you don’t have a ticket and even if you have purchased a ticket slot the queues are around at least a half an hour wait in April.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 23, 2023
  • osnoopy13
    Lilburn, Georgia289 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice afternoon Site
    Just walking around the city with a guide we came upon the Royal Palace. One of the sights not to miss. Beautiful and historical. Our hotel was not far. King and queen doesn’t live there anymore but they do have some functions there at times.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 26, 2023
  • Rick G
    Saratoga Springs, New York33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing place that must be part of any visit to Madrid
    We don't normally visit palaces and tour their insides but we had read about this one and it sounded worthwhile. Wow! So many interesting and eye-popping things to look at. The whole thing takes about 45 minutes. Really worth it.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 29, 2023
  • corderoom
    65 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must See
    If this is a top destination for you schedule it as early as possible in your vacation. Mine was cancelled twice the same week due to official events at the Palace and ended up going on my last day in Madrid. When you arrive you will find two lines, one for visitors with tickets and one for visitors without tickets. The line for visitors without tickets was four times as long, and I even had to wait approximately 25 minutes to enter the Palace. It seems like the line was a mixture of times, and by the time I reached the entrance it was 15-20 minutes early and I was allowed to enter. After security there is a cloakroom for your large belongings at no cost. You can also get an audio guide for 4 Euros and be ready to wait for an additional 15 minutes or so. The audio guide adds a little extra information from the signs you will find in each room. If you are not a history buff, you wouldn’t miss much, however, the advantage is that instead of reading a sign that may or may not be visible due to folks standing in your way, you can observe the beauty of the room while you listen to the significance of each location. There is a nice souvenir shop with neat and unique items you probably won’t find outside the palace. You will be allowed to take your phone with you, but keep in mind photographs are prohibited in most of the rooms.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 29, 2023
  • JoanJh
    Saratoga, California524 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Grand
    I did not go inside the Palace. The outside is really grand. There is a rather formal garden in front of it and a less ostentatious one next to it. The courtyard next to the cathedral has a nice outlook area to oversee the city.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 2, 2023
  • Steve-Laura-Ottawa
    Ottawa, Canada88 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Visit
    Beautiful grounds and beautiful inside the Palace. Everything was easy to access, clearly marked. We downloaded the Visit app to our device. Made things easy and easy to operate as well. Definitely recommend getting the app. Beautiful palace and we had a great experience.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 16, 2023
  • Sancrg
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana82 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Totally worth seeing
    The palace was incredible. I loved it (probably more than hubby, but he enjoyed it too). The Spanish Royal family still uses it for special events and state dinners. It was amazing to see the art and embellishments on the ceilings and walls - they were all so over-the-top in terms of opulence. There was signage in each room that described its purpose. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 17, 2023
  • Scott C
    St. Catharines, Canada807 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must See
    One of the sites you must see when in Madrid. Perfectly preserved, and well laid out for a tour. Make sure you purchase the audio guide, it will give you a much better experience. Didn’t wait at all to get in, as we had a timed entrance ticket. It was a little crowded at times, as it’s a magnet for school tours. We will definitely return.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 17, 2023
  • Oldjack
    Greater Melbourne, Australia27,951 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Home Of Absent Kings
    Built commencing 1738 by King Filipe V it is the largest palace in Western Europe and although the house of the current king , he lives elsewhere. It is impressive and from Euro 12 you can look through. There was no shortage of customers and we viewed from outside.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 20, 2023
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Eleanor M
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
This was at the top of my list for visiting Madrid, and in the off-peak season I really underestimated how busy it would be.

I finally secured tickets, although it was quite difficult online with finding the right kind ( student visit with English speaking tour ) and then with a cookie problem I did need to message. The online assistance was very helpful !

On the day, I arrived early and it was not clear where to go as there are really only signs above the door and no posts. I felt this could’ve been displayed better. For ticket holders, you must cross through the queue of non ticket holders and make sure not to stand in the group queue by the road!

I waited for my tour to start and was given an ear piece by a very smiley attendant. The tour guide herself did not introduce herself or give details about the tour but she was incredibly informative and engaging! The tour lasted about an hour and fifteen minutes. I would recommend going on a tour as the rooms can be very cramped and offer limited information on posts.

I would’ve liked to see more English translations in the shop and more choice in the cafe, but I cannot fault the tour!
Written April 15, 2024
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AshB1207
Hong Kong, China44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We decided to visit the Royal Palace after being in Madrid for a couple of days doing other activities to find that the majority of online bookings and tours were sold out. Book your trip well in advance to avoid queuing on the day like we did, which took 80 minutes.

As soon as you enter you will have the option of an audio guide, lockers and toilets. The palace has a one way system to funnel people around smoothly. Some of the rooms were very captivating!

If you are not with a tour and going solo, I would recommend reading up on the history of the Palace if you don’t know it already so it gives you a foundation of the family tree and why rooms are decorated in a certain way.
Written April 13, 2024
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Elizabeth D
91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Royal Palace official tour was a good experience. It is confusing where the meeting point is, you go to the left through a courtyard to meeting point, you will need to ask because you do not want to stand in the wrong line. So arrive early to get to meeting point. The tour guide is okay, palace is beautiful.
Written April 10, 2024
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sfarland
Flagstaff, AZ34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Absolutely beautiful. We did not go into the palace. The lines were ridiculous but from the outside, the Palace is absolutely stunning and it was definitely the most beautiful thing I can remember on our trip. So memorable for me! I would definitely recommend others to go inside!
Written April 8, 2024
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Richard M
Builth Wells, UK225 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
A stunning palace with lots to keep you interested. Buy your tickets from the official website in advance to avoid the lengthy ques from those who don't and it really does save a long queue.
Written April 6, 2024
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Quill2005
Ocala, FL268 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
One of Madrid’s top attractions, this is a must-see destination. This historic and beautiful edifice is one of Europe’s largest palaces. Impressive exterior, but the interiors won’t disappoint you, they are everything you would expect in a royal palace. On the first Wednesday of every month there is an impressive ceremony of the changing of the guard at 11am that lasts about thirty-five minutes.
Written April 5, 2024
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emma
York, UK25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Great visit - palace had lots of rooms open so well worth the ticket price, remember to bring ID for student discount - a must do when in Madrid
Written March 31, 2024
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Noah E
Dublin, Ireland7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
This is a huge palace with a significant place in the country's history. The interiors are to die for. Queues can get cumbersome but worth the wait.
Written March 28, 2024
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elizabethkennedy1989
Dublin, Ireland25 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Don’t waste your time. Ridiculous queues. Very disorganised entry. Very poor system. Queue should be moving far more fluidly than is. Not worth it on entry. Unless you book a skip the line ticket well in advance, not worth wasting half a day.
Written March 26, 2024
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Elaine O
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Gasp at the gaudiness! Bling on bling, each chandelier seems bigger than the last - one contains a golden lion.

Took a full hour and a half to walk through.
Focus is on walls and furniture although the beautifully set dining table enables you to imagine having been invited to dinner.

We skipped the audio tour facility and found plenty of room information in English translation

Well worth seeing
Written March 23, 2024
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