Castelo de S. Jorge
Castelo de S. Jorge
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Standing proudly on Lisbon's highest hill, this historic castle offers panoramic views of the city all around it. The fort dates back to the Moorish times in the 11th century, and has served as military barracks and royal chambers. Currently, it's a national monument which is home to a museum and archaeological site, though most people visit for the fantastic views and gardens to relax in. There are free and paid guided tours available in the ticket, as well as regular free demos for the camera obscura which provides 360º detailed views of the city in real-time
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Neighborhood: Castelo, Alfama & Mouraria
Explore narrow streets and alleyways, small cafes and, of course, the internationally acclaimed Fado music. The earth-shattering Great Earthquake of 1755 destroyed most of the city but the contiguous neighborhoods of Mouraria, Castelo and Alfama remained standing to this day. These neighborhoods represent Lisbon at its historical best. The cool breeze of the Tagus river will take you up the hills to the sound of Fado, where you'll discover the best "tascas," eat delicious fresh fish and drink great wines. Discover hidden viewpoints and ancient traces of other civilizational ruins in the heart of the Portuguese capital. These are centuries-old neighborhoods that will welcome you to the very best of old Lisbon culture.
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  • Martim Moniz • 7 min walk
  • Rossio • 7 min walk
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  • Globetrotter
    Dublin, Ireland150 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating Castle Experience - Felt like i could stay there forever
    This is a lovely castle to walk around and there are lots to explore. You will probably need a half day to visit everything inside the Castle. Get your tickets online so you can skip the queue. Although out of summer, we stood in a queue for 15mins before getting a ticket. There are various places to explore and a lot of the scenic and interesting views require you to go up steep stairs to walk around the edge of the top of the castle. However, if you are ok with the ground floor then it is relatively smooth but you won't see any view. The artifacts section inside the castle is a must-see as it houses some interesting and extremely dated pieces ranging from coins, and tiles to pottery. The archeological dig site was a letdown as one can't see everything that has been discovered as most were tented up - but there are some interesting parts to walk around. If you love peacocks then you will have a wonderful time hearing and photographing the roaming birds in the castle. When we got there, a lot of people were holding a glass of port with some cod on a tray whilst they were in the queue but they were turned back as you can't bring food and drink into the castle.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 5, 2023
  • deleis2014
    Chepstow, United Kingdom9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Agility and a head for heights a prerequisite.
    Breath taking views from top but a very steep climb. Having done it I realised someone my age and with vertigo should proceed with caution ! I is a very extensive site but disappointed no written guide was available to purchase. A few boards with explanations around would be helpful.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 7, 2023
  • J R
    Kendal, United Kingdom23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely views and castle gift shop
    Had to queue to buy tickets but worth it. Buy on line if you can. There's a QR code to scan. If you're from the UK the country you tick is En not United Kingdom or Great Britain. The view from the grounds and turrets is amazing. We visited on Saturday 4th March. The young lady working in the gift shop was really helpful both selling and telling us about the castle. She explained who was on the apron and also told us how the gifts were made for the castle in Portugal. Gifts were very reasonable for the quality.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 7, 2023
  • tber
    New Providence, New Jersey1,002 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peacocks and gorgeous views - must see when in Lisbon
    Worth the walk to the highest hill in Lisbon. We visited in January and no queue to buy tickets. Lots to explore with gorgeous views. Was surprised to see many peacocks around the site. Only disappointing aspect of the castle is no visitor guide or signage available. We would have preferred to learn a little more of views or artifacts around the castle, nothing in depth but just signage that points out some of the larger details of the castle.
    Visited January 2023
    Written March 8, 2023
  • omc8
    Miami, Florida57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The views are everything!
    This is a beautiful and ancient castle that is located high on a hill in the beautiful Alfama neighborhood of Lisbon. Some tour guides had told us not to bother visiting the castle since only the walls remain and the lines to get in are usually very long. I am very glad we did not follow their advice because I would have missed probably the most amazing views of the city. I also found that the castle itself was very interesting. I recommend booking your visit online or, as we did, go very early in the morning (they open at 9 am) to avoid the lines.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 16, 2023
  • Portland_Holiday
    Berkshire, United Kingdom127 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see
    We saw large queues waiting for tickets so booked online (small reduction for seniors) which made for quick entry. Wonderful views all around - especially with the city bathed in sunlight but a heavy mist hanging over the Tagus. Not too crowded once inside. Be prepared for lots of climbing up on to the walls and towers. Peacocks strutting their stuff - did not know they could fly up to the upper reaches of tall trees.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 16, 2023
  • MissHK2009
    Hong Kong, China3,900 contributions
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    Beautiful Day and Night
    I tried to visit this at night by taking the public bus (no. 737 or 747?) but it's closed already. I then went again in next morning and had spent over an hour there. One can overlook the city from there. To me, it's beautiful at daytime and mesmerised at nighttime. There are some eateries in the neighborhood outside the castle and worth trying. Last but not least, I was surprised and pleased to see quite some peacocks 🦚 around inside the castle. I rarely see peacocks in other places.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written March 16, 2023
  • Devon-Elizabeth S
    Herndon, Virginia180 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peacocks and Panoramic Views
    Neat hilltop castle with great views of the city of Lisbon. Sadly much of the historic palace was destroyed in the 1755 earthquake but the medieval fortress and its battlements remain to walk around. The coolest part was definitely all of the peacocks strutting around and calling out up in the trees. It was early spring so they were putting on a show for us and all the other peahens.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 18, 2023
  • SidBathia
    Boston, Massachusetts52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Way to Start your day.
    The castle is the best thing to do in Lisbon. It gives you a view of the entire city. The entire Fort is just majestic. Best way to start the day. Make sure you buy the tickets online. Will save you time and the line is different for people who buy online. Took us 10 mins to get in at 10.30 PM.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 22, 2023
  • NoakesRyan
    Bury, United Kingdom593 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely breathtaking views.
    Happy we decided to do this. The Castle is OK but it's the views you pay for. Absolutely beautiful/breathtaking views of Lisbon from every angle. You can walk up to the castle walls and see views from higher up. Lots of other things to do too, Museum and Shop and Courtyard. Tip: Buy the tickets before and when you arrive you do not need to join the huge queue you can go the left.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 26, 2023
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Christopher L
Lisbon, Portugal6 contributions
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Feb 2020
The ramparts, gates and entranceway to this castle are magnificent features of architectural design. The location of the castle on the hillside makes for an observation point that is almost unrivaled in the city. This castle is an iconic part of the city, you will instinctively be drawn to looking at it from the surrounding miradouros. My wife and I had an amazing time scaling the stairs, posing on the terraces, moats, and towers. There are also peacocks that are residents of the castle that make for fun picture opportunities. Who cares if it is touristy and a little pricey (20 euros for two adults (over 25+))?You still have to come see Castelo de Sao Jorge. Don't buy the skip the line passes online by the way at least during February there was no line if you come early enough (by 11 am for us) on a Tuesday.
Written February 14, 2020
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Pața Radu
Southeast Romania, Romania186 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Friends
Another place in Lisbon that you have to see, it's a nice walk uphill to the castle but it's worth all your energy spent. The wiggly streets are narrow and picturesque, to go in to the fortress you have to buy a 10€ ticket that you have to pay to enjoy the panoramic view of the city and see how a night was wearing his armour Or to admire the beautiful peacocks that room around the gardens and the terraces. You can enjoy the tasty food at a small restaurant inside with really decent prices. All and all a good experience and would do it again. Hope my review was helpful and do enjoy your stay in Lisbon.
Written February 13, 2020
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ProsperoDGC
Oakton, VA86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We visited around 7.30pm, targeting to see the sunset from the castle grounds, and we were not disappointed at all. While it may appear so on first thought, the entry fee is not awful (€10 per adult, €5 for students and those up to 25 or above 65). The castle sits in some beautiful grounds, with cafes and small bars serving snacks and drinks aplenty. The small permanent exhibit is informative, though I found it a little dry -- there's a hugely deep story to be told here and I didn't get much of a sense for it. The castle itself, however, is wonderful to walk around, go up the ramparts and into the towers, from where views of the city are unparalleled. Highly recommend visiting in the latter part of the day to avoid crowds and (what I imagine must be) blistering sunshine.
Written July 24, 2022
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Jeff L
Naperville, IL209 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Worth the trip up the hill if for no other reason then for the views of Lisbon. The castle certainly offers commanding views of the entire city, and sunset here is magical. It is a vast place to visit. Beware that walking up to it is very much uphill, but it is a wonderful walk through the narrow streets of old Lisbon, and there are plenty of places to stop to eat. The walk, during rain, is a bit of a slippery adventure, and coming down is in ways worse than up. There is a 10 euro admission for adults.
Written January 21, 2020
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galaxy148
Glen Allen, VA846 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We only saw the castle from the outside and didn't have time to go inside as it closed at 5pm. It overlooks the whole city and looks impressive.The immediate area was very busy with tourists and coaches and street sellers. The buildings surrounding it have lovely tiles on them. The immediate tourist shops are much more expensive here than down in the town but had some nice gifts for a captive audience. There are not many places to eat in this area. It's not an easy are for anyone to navigate with walking difficulties.
Written January 5, 2020
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neil_hun
Horsham, UK186 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
We visited the castle on our first morning in Lisbon and it’s a great way to orient yourself around the city. You can easily walk there from the main square (Praça do Comercio), although be prepared for some fairly steep hills along the way.

The castle itself isn’t particularly exceptional but it offers fantastic views of the city below, the charming district of Alfama and across the Tagus river. It’s also home to dozens of peacocks, which perch in the trees dotted around the castle site, and were a big hit with the kids (okay, and the adults too :)).

Like many attractions in Lisbon, the ticket pricing is very child friendly, so you don’t pay anything for under 12s.
Written February 23, 2020
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HeaveNEarth
Fairfax, VA229 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
It would cost you 10 Euro, but if you're under 26 (or 25), it is only 5 Euro. Bring your passport or ID. The castle has incredible views of Lisboa from many points. there were a couple of live peacocks as well. We took Tram 28 and get off at Miradouro das Portas do Sol, then across the street, you will see the sign "Castelo de S. Jorge". Walk up the stairs, then make a left uphill at first alley to the left. it is not that far. Lisboa Card does not work here. It worths extra 10 Euro, though.
Written January 31, 2020
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Polo M
Paris, France486 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Best view you can get of west Lisbon and ability to climb towers. Entrance fee is €10/person. Went here for sunset and many others were doing the same thing. Lot of open space and old ruins with information in Portuguese and English.
The museum space is a little lackluster, so I recommend it for walking and checking out scenery.
Make sure you have time to go up the towers and walk around like a guard. If you're there in the evening, make sure you wait for the beautiful sunset. Though they close that area 1 hour before the park closes.
There's a bar-stand inside that closes at 7 or 7:30pm. Staff was nice, overall worth it to climb up.
Written September 20, 2020
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MontySpi
Toronto, Canada435 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Buy tickets on-line, in advance, to avoid the queues (there is an option to buy this with the Lisboa Pass).

You will get an overview of the entire city, so it will provide an orientation. Take transit up to the castle (Uber, or Tram 28) and walk down.

The cafeteria/restaurant did not have anything amazing to eat and unfriendly service, but the peacocks entertained us over coffee, immediately outside.
Written March 23, 2020
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Mark L
Bromsgrove, UK351 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We walked up to the castle from the city centre which took in some interesting sights along the way, passing the cathedral. We arrived about 10:30 having not booked tickets and had to queue about 20 minutes - I would recommend buying tickets online beforehand as you get straight through.

Once you’re in you have the opportunity to visit a fantastically preserved castle with amazing views at every angle. There’s a good exhibition of relics and really interesting information about our patron saint St George. We stopped for a drink at the small hut for coffees that also sells soft drinks.

It’s a relatively modest entry fee and you can easily spend 1-2 hours wandering around. Would recommend.
Written August 11, 2023
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