Palácio Nacional da Ajuda
Palácio Nacional da Ajuda
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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This is a collection of decorative arts including furniture, tapestries and statues in an unfinished palace.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Michael K
    995 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous palace well worth a visit
    This is a gorgeous palace, with many beautifully decorated rooms and several huge rooms such as the Throne Room, the Ballroom, the Supper Room, etc. There are not many tourists here, probably because it is located uphill away from the other more popular sights in Belem. The best way to get here is to take tram 18 which stops right outside the palace.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 18, 2023
  • Lucas L
    Sydney, Australia16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Half-hidden gem
    Really special place. A little rundown, but beautiful rooms and artifacts, solid interpretation signs and text throughout, and a really good (if uncritical) account of the end of the Portuguese monarchy in its final century. It was mostly empty when we visited, which made it special, but I also wish a lot more people knew about and visited this place. Also, tickets were very cheap, especially if you get the combo for the carriages museum (which sounds odd, but totally worth the visit as well).
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 26, 2023
  • Liz P
    Leeds, United Kingdom489 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth seeking out
    This is an amazing building with some lovely contents and tapestries. There is a service bus which dropped us outside. The ballroom and throne room alone are worth the entry fee. The walk down the hill to Belem is interesting as it is lined by former barracks and now the equestrian training school.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 1, 2023
  • Kelly C
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome visit
    This palace is a little out of the way and seemed to be less visited/crowded than other attractions but it was AMAZING! I would say it’s not to be missed! It has endless amounts of beautiful artifacts and decor. We spent a pretty long time here. They have some nice staff placed through the building who helped answer some questions as well. And it’s included free in the Lisboa card.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 21, 2024
  • LondonE3Traveller
    London, United Kingdom1,400 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Palace
    I'd suggest visiting the Palácio Nacional da Ajuda and the Museu do Tesouro Real (the Royal Treasury) on the same day as they are a little way out of Belem and are next door to each other. There wasn't very much information provided about the Palace but was lovely to see the beautiful rooms and furniture. Free entry with a Lisbon Card (definitely worth getting) so worth having a quick look around, even if only for 30 minutes.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 8, 2024
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JRMADA
United States3,377 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
We visited this Palace and were impressed by the beauty of the Royal Apartments. This exhibit clearly shows how similar the Portuguese Monarchy lived in comparison to the English, Danish, and French Monarchies. To our surprise this museum was also practically empty on a Saturday afternoon with beautiful weather. Entry fee is only €5.00 per person and tickets can be purchase online or on site. Credit cards are accepted. Plan for no less than an hour to go through the exhibit. We spent 2 hours there.
Written November 6, 2022
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Jack L
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Visited the Ajuda palace having seen it 30 years ago. The palace has been tastefully restored without turning it into a Disney theme park.
It was the main residence of the Kings of Portugal until their overthrow in 1910. You get a real feel for court life and history. A ticket is ridiculously cheap and there is so much to see.
The only grumble is that the staff were charmless.
Written February 11, 2020
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Daniele Giorgio
Pisa, Italy13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
A beautiful palace built on the hill overlooking the city. Nice inside and nice outside. Worthy of having been a royal residence like the other palaces of the European monarchies. From the Belem district we decided to climb the hill with electric scooters so as not to get too tired but at the same time to enjoy the streets. In the city I saw very few advertisements of the palace compared to the other attractions. I may have been wrong, but when we walked in, we only saw two other people. The staff were very friendly and professional. I was amazed to see that there was not an inch of dust on the furniture, congratulations. So, IT'S WORTH getting there. Do it.
Written January 18, 2020
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Sridhar G
Visakhapatnam, India151 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
A palace of the 18th century still to be completed! Amazing architecture & sculptures that leave you admiring.
All the royal house hold articles & comforts are displayed here. One can closely imagine / visualise the life style of the king & queen who lived through here.
This palace is currently a museum partly & partly a convention for the state and international meetings too.
The place is less preferred by the general tourists as it is located quite off the many popular places. Can reach here by bus.
Written January 21, 2020
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Christina M
Toronto, Canada28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
This is a must see in my opinion, if you love ornate objects and palaces, and will already be in Belem for Jeronimos Monastery. I would have loved an audio guide, but the lack of one did not take away from my experience. There is less descriptive signage than I would have liked, but enough to get me by! It is so beautiful there! Also be sure to purchase one of their pamphlet information guides for 1 Euro- it provided a nice brief history of the building!
Be sure to check out the Ajuda Botanical Garden (~5 min walk away) as well! It had albino peacocks!!
Written June 3, 2022
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Colin
Guernsey, UK506 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
I wanted to review the Palace as it seems to be very underrated. No one else was there.

Having visited many palaces, this one has great rooms of amazing quality. The wall coverings and the furniture are as if they are new, rich in colour and variety.

We were impressed and only Euro 5 each.

It is a bit out of the way, but we caught the 729 bus up the hill from Belem which was ideal.
Written January 27, 2022
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Jae R
Philadelphia, PA6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
I went here with my husband and three children (17-22). We all had a great experience. The rooms were fully furnished and had descriptions in Português and English. The docents were friendly and kept you going in the right direction. I found the one upstairs, by the Asian artifacts, to be very knowledgeable about the family line and general history. She was delightful to talk to. The artistry, architecture and the furnishings were beautiful and really gives you a sense of how royalty lived.
Written January 13, 2023
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Lucas L
Sydney, Australia16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Really special place. A little rundown, but beautiful rooms and artifacts, solid interpretation signs and text throughout, and a really good (if uncritical) account of the end of the Portuguese monarchy in its final century. It was mostly empty when we visited, which made it special, but I also wish a lot more people knew about and visited this place.
Also, tickets were very cheap, especially if you get the combo for the carriages museum (which sounds odd, but totally worth the visit as well).
Written August 26, 2023
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Hsteinmiller
Yorktown, VA542 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Could easily be described as the Versailles of Lisbon. Mind-blowing décor from the moment you enter. Silk wall-coverings, Meissen & Wedgewood porcelain, beautifully inlaid flooring in every room. Docents very informative and very helpful.
Written January 15, 2023
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Pekka U
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
A really great experience. The palace had original and interesting artifacts and the size of the place is perfect for a visit of an hour or two. Also the staff was very friendly, professional and knowledgeable about the palaces history. Would definetly recommend for anyone interested in Portugese history or a love for beautiful and elegant things. Also the pricing was very on point as the ticket price for students was only 2.5e.
Written February 24, 2023
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