Royal Palace of Madrid

Royal Palace of Madrid

Royal Palace of Madrid
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural 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.
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
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Admission tickets
from $22.78
All you need to step foot in the door.
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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
Popular mentions

4.5
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Deborah W
Kauai, HI161 contributions
I love palaces and this is definitely on the top of my list
Jun 2021
Every room is a walk through a different time...from lavish, detailed artwork to modern simpler design. Just beautiful.
Written July 18, 2021
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Emily A
Madrid, Spain268 contributions
Must go
Dec 2020
Recently I was talking some long time locals here in Madrid who confessed they'd never been inside the Royal Palacio. What?? Ive been twice and am just a long term tourist (2 years anyway). But I recommended they go.
First, its cheap. Second, you can go by tour or not. Third, even though you only see maybe 1/4 of the rooms, you'll be amazed by the decor, furniture, wall paper and rich history.
Fourth, if you happen to go at Christmas youll see the world famous Belen (that is nativity town scene). Fifth, visit the Armoury where you will see horses clad in armour and all things knights and gentlemen. And finally, the building itsself is a marvel, tall arches, glowing staircases, the large plaza across from the cathedral, and the overlook to Casa de Campo.
Oh please go, whether you are new or old to Madrid.
Written July 14, 2021
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Malgorzata
10,211 contributions
Incredibly majestic palace with beautiful architecture
Aug 2020
Largest palace in Western Europe. The present Royal Palace is built in the 18th century and replaced the former Alcazar. It covers over 135,000 square meters, but only part of the palace is open to visitors. A beautiful, majestic, huge palace. Sightseeing leaves a lot of impressions. A good history lesson and time well spent.
Written July 12, 2021
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zktravels
Poland144 contributions
One of my favourites!
Jun 2021 • Friends
There is something about the Royal Palace that always has me coming back here when returning to Madrid. It's mainly the building itself, as I find it splendid, but also its surroundings and the view which can be seen from the recently - I suppose, as I last visited the city in June of 2019 - renovated panorama point. The atmosphere is so nice, I love it.
Written July 11, 2021
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Mel
Aurora, IL24 contributions
Great Experience
Jul 2021
This was a very interesting tour. We did the self guided tour and in each room there were plaques in English so we knew what we were looking at in each room. The rooms are very impressive and the decor is stunning. You are able to see several rooms including the huge banquet room with the table set as if a party is happening and many of the dishes used throughout the years.
Fun "I spy game" is looking for all of the clocks. There is a clock in each room and many of them have several.
Written July 10, 2021
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Cameron L
4 contributions
A Complete Experience
Jun 2021 • Friends
Our guide was so friendly and knowledgeable! The palace was beautiful and without the tour we definitely would not have gotten the full experience. Buying/using the tickets was easy.
Written July 6, 2021
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trk921
Bucharest, Romania67 contributions
Great experience
Jun 2021 • Friends
Very interesting tour and the palace is beautiful. We were fascinated by the details of everything in the palace. The only thing that we didn’t like was the fact that we had to stay in the sun until we entered. I recommend some umbrellas there. It was very uncomfortable for everybody
Written July 5, 2021
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lws1515
Locust Valley, NY306 contributions
Beautiful!
Jun 2021
The Palace is beautiful! I was fascinated by the chandeliers- one bigger than the next. Well restored- worth the visit. The grounds and setting is quite impressive with an amazing view.
Written July 1, 2021
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RJB1215
Fort Lauderdale, FL2,446 contributions
Beautiful cathedral
Jun 2021 • Friends
Wow. Fabulous cathedral. The architectural significance of the cathedral is amazing. We found it to be a beautiful experience walking through and viewing the art and statues.
Written June 20, 2021
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Joost
Berlin, Germany55 contributions
Phenomenal
Mar 2021
The beauty is awe inspiring. The spanish culture swept us off our feet. This palace is the best Europe has to offer. Better than Buckingham Palace and Versaille.
Written June 15, 2021
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Royal Palace of Madrid is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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