Park and National Palace of Pena

Park and National Palace of Pena, Sintra

Park and National Palace of Pena

Park and National Palace of Pena
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Castles
Read more
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
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Admission tickets
from $23.83
All you need to step foot in the door.
What is Travelers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travelers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.
Plan your visit
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
Popular mentions

4.5
18,619 reviews
Excellent
11,112
Very good
4,914
Average
1,549
Poor
569
Terrible
479

ccsfamily
Geneva, IL251 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
We took the train from Lisbon to Sintra for a day trip. When you get on the train in Lisbon, walk to the farthest train car to get on. It will be less crowded and this will help you when you arrive in Sintra. When you get into the train station at Sintra, exit the train car and walk to the right to exit and find the buses into Sintra. The bus driver will sell you a ticket for the bus. The ticket is a slip of paper receipt DO NOT LOOSE it since the bus ride is a hop on and off. We skipped the first stop for the Moorish Castle since we knew we would not have time to do everything. Therefore, we stayed on the bus and got off at the Peña Palace stop. There, you will have to stand in line to purchase tickets to the Peña Palace and the tram ride up to it. It is very steep so I recommend riding the tram bus.
The outside grounds are beautiful and there are many wonderful photo spots as the Peña Palace is gorgeous. Your ticket to the Peña Palace is a timed entry so you want to make sure you enter at the correct time. Inside, the palace rooms are beautiful and I highly recommend touring the inside. There is a restaurant there…it is NOT good. It is more like a cafeteria at a school. I would recommend bringing your own snacks with you on a day trip to Sintra and then make sure to eat at one of the great restaurants in the town of Sintra. By bringing some snacks and water with you, you do not waste time or money while touring the sites and then you will have time to enjoy a wonderful meal in the town of Sintra.
Written April 18, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jennifer F
Kill, Ireland42 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
To beat the crowds, I prebooked the Pena Park and Moorish Castle tickets. We got a train from Rossio stn at 8.11 and sat at the front of the train so we were one of the first out. Turn immediately right to get the 434 bus. Everyone was sold a 11 euro hop on/off ticket (which seemed a rip off). We passed Moorish castle and got off at Pena at quarter to ten when it wasn’t v busy. This allowed us to take pictures at the Palace without too many people waiting also. The cafe was poor and the queues were enormous - I recommend bringing sandwiches. We didn’t bother going inside the palace which would require a timed ticket. The views from all the terraces were enough for us and were beautiful. We walked downhill to Moorish castle after lunch and it was fairly quiet. You could easily grab a sandwich and coffee here and sit in peace. The walls were beautiful and had some nice views back to Pena. We got the bus from Moorish castle ahead of the Pena crowds at the next stop and stayed on the bus to the station. There are some nice cafes near where we got the 434 bus. We got the train back at about twenty to 6. Pena is worth the visit but is about 2 hours in total unless you want to go around the enormous park as well. Moorish castle is also worth a visit. It seemed difficult to fit in much more than we did for the day so plan your time carefully and pack a picnic if you can.
Written May 8, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

JohnP72
London, UK474 contributions
Sep 2021 • Solo
I caught the 434 bus from Sintra Train st by purchasing the €10 one day ticket that allows you to catch all the buses in the area (including the 435 which takes you to Quinta da Regaleira and Palacio de Monserrate). The bus stops at the Moorish castle first but I wanted to get to Pena palace early before the crowds arrived. I got there at 9.45 and there were no queues for the ticket office. I purchased the Garden only ticket for €7.50 which allows you onto the terraces and towers and along the wall walk for all the best photos and of course the gardens. Paying €14 to queue to see the inside didn’t seem worth it especially as from reviews it’s not really a stand out from other palaces.
As for the other attractions in the gardens they are quite spread out and involve lots of walking up and down hills. Although the forest grounds are pleasant the sites themselves are very average including the High cross, stables, green houses etc. So I’d suggest if you are short on time save your legs and move onto the Moorish castle which is just a 5 min walk down hill from the main gate.
Written September 3, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Anna P
Reykjavik, Iceland12 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
The castle is unique, inside & outside and therefore I give it an average of 3 stars BUT the organization around it is very disapointing.

Castle - 5 stars
Organization - 1 star

* Don’t buy the greencard at the train station! It sounded as a great deal to have the train/bus/castle ticket organized all in one BUT when you arrive at the castle you need to queue to exchange the ticket!! There are three ticket offices but only one was used (one staff member on lunch) we therefore waited an hour to exchange the ticket!

*Plan for the next queue- even though you dont know how long it is! When we bought the ticket the next available timeslot to visit the inside was in an hour! Sounded as quite a long wait but It turned out to be necessary. We walked up to the castle from the main entrancre (steep but short walk) and immediately qued for the entrance of the inner castle! Waited another 50 min and just got in at the right time (they give 30 min grace period)

*Again we walked slowly in a line (or better queued) through the castle rooms.. but they are really unique and beautiful!

*The most ridiculous part about this castle experience are queues & accurate time slots! How can you be punctual if you dont know how long it takes to stand in the queue?? I noticed multiple people turned around because they didnt plan accurately for the queue and missed their time slot. Even if they would have walked again down and queued they would have been too late…

Sorry, but it is not hard to do better!!

My last tip is not queing again for the 434 bus (we had enough of queues at that point of time) but gained instead a beeeeeeautiful hike down to old cintra town! Walk down to the Moorish castle and on the right you can see a sign to central Sintra (you dont walk the main road all the way down). This was our supprise in our trip and I higly recommend it, took less than 30 min and such a beautiful woody and mossy hike!

Hope my tips will help you planning an awesome trip!
Written April 24, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

IrishTraveller0
Dublin, Ireland123 contributions
Apr 2022
Easy day trip from Lisbon - regular trains from Rossio and last stop is Sintra (maybe 45 minutes). Outside station is the 434 bus which is basically a tourist bus doing the attraction route, Pena Place is the second tourist stop (after the Moorish Castle). Big queues to buy tickets at Pena Palace so best to buy online in advance. Inside the gate there is a small bus to bring you to the palace or else a steep walk - bus ticket can be bought at the gate or online but not on the bus. The palace is crowded within tour groups and is really not worth it, just feels like you are on one long queue.
Written May 1, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

sleepy155
Hollywood, FL236 contributions
Apr 2022
This is the highlight of your visit to Sintra. The palace has beautiful architecture and beautiful views to the surrounding countryside and ocean. You can spend a day here hiking the grounds and visiting the palace. Plan on at least 3-4 hours if you want to do some hiking. Come early because it will be crowded later in the day. Tickets were 14 euros and are timed for crowd control to view the inside of the palace. I recommend buying tickets online. At the gate there are 2 lines. One to purchase tickets and one to enter the grounds. Pay attention to which line you join if you don't have tickets when you arrive.
Written April 13, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Myriam E
Toulouse, France59 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
We took a 40mn train trip from Lisbon to Sintra. We waited for 20mn to get a table at an overpriced restaurant with an unpleasant waitor before giving up and buying the worst and most expensive sandwich ever. We paid too much money for a very slow and packed tourist bus, to then wait 1hr to visit a funky looking palace with cool gardens (the only reason I put more than 1 star) and overrated interior design. We left feeling slightly ****** over.
Written November 3, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Soaks1968
Sevenoaks, UK150 contributions
Aug 2021
The palace is at the top of a hill. There is very little parking and they suggest you take the Scottrade bus from the Sintra station which is easy. There is a car park just opposite the Pena Lago entrance, about 200m from the moorish castle and 400m walk from Pena. This was largely empty and not documented anywhere. Had we known about it we would have driven up there. We ended up taking a taxi from the station that cost us 10 euros (much cheaper than 3 bus tickets) and walked down the hill to other sights. The taxi ride up was less than 10 mins from the station.

Book tickets online before you go and show them on your phone at the Pena entrance. Go Early. We were at the Pena entrance gate at 9:15 and they let us in (15 mins before opening time) and got pictures without any other tourists in it. By 9:45 it was heaving.

Prepare to walk a LOT. We did about 12km and the equivalent of climbing 140 floors in the 5 hours on the mountain and we saw Pena, Moorish castle and Quinta da Regaleira palace.

You can read up about it, but Pena is special in the it combines 3 styles into one building in a unique setting and painted in very bright colours. You can walk around all the terraces, climb into wall defences and see the inside rooms. It has extensive gardens and other items. We spent about 90 mins in and around the house but we are quick tourists. We walked to the Moorish castle from there which was easy.
Written August 26, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Garrett W
Skerries, Ireland1,466 contributions
Aug 2021
We got a bus from Cascais leaving there at 9am. Bus ticket was EUR10 which included all regional buses, including those within the Sintra loops. It's a special deal they have on during summer 2021. Only took 35 mins. Don't get off at the 1st train station where the bus stops, as there are 2 train stations in Sintra.
This really is a picture perfect castle.
Recommend booking Pena palace online - we did the day before. Got an online discount and another discount for booking the moorish castle at the same time,
The bus up from the town is really interesting in terms of the amount of turns and angles - fair dues to anyone who walked/hiked it, but bus is my recommendation. You can walk from Penal to Moorish castle very easily. While it is a 10-15 min walk from the entrance to the actual palace, you can also get a bus costing €3 per person. An uphill but easy walk. Very individual colouring gives it a striking appearance and it is beautiful from many viewpoints and turrets of the castle. check out my photos.
We did not do the actual palace itself, and the queue for it was very long by 11am. The cafe is in a great location, and happy to recommend.
Written August 22, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Patrick E
79 contributions
May 2021 • Family
Great beautiful place. We went with our baby, which is a bit harder. We would recommend you to get the bus from the sintra train station or national palace (7 euro per person both ways). Baby’s are for free in the bus and at the palace. It is still a lot of walking with the baby, so maybe better to skip it and stay in the center.
Written June 18, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Showing results 1-10 of 6,275
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Park and National Palace of Pena

Park and National Palace of Pena is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Buy tickets in advance on Tripadvisor. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.

Park and National Palace of Pena admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost $23.58, while a popular guided tour starts around $21.44 per person. See all 395 Park and National Palace of Pena tickets and tours on Tripadvisor

Park and National Palace of Pena can be crowded, so we recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 395 Park and National Palace of Pena tickets and tours on Tripadvisor


Restaurants near Park and National Palace of Pena: View all restaurants near Park and National Palace of Pena on Tripadvisor