Monte Palace Madeira
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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Open to the public since 1991, the Monte Palace Madeira occupies an area of 70.000 square meters and houses a huge exotic plant's collection, coming from all over the world, together with swans,duck's and Koi fish. The Monte Palace Museum is an ideal exhibition space nestled within the beautiful surroundings of a tropical garden. There are three floors, two of which are dedicated to sculptures and the third houses a unique mineral collection gathered from the four corners of the world. Monte Palace Madeira, also includes one of the most important tile collections in Portugal. The tiles exhibited amidst the tropical vegetation represent several ages, coming from palaces, churches, chapels and private houses throughout the former Portuguese empire. We are open everyday except 25th of December. Our prices are: Adults - 12,50€ Children younger than 15 years old: Free Entrance as long as they are accompanied by adults. Check our new facebook page montepalacetropicalgarden
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Taxidiotissa
London, UK604 contributions
Mar 2022
Most people probably go by cable car to visit these gardens as we had on a previous occasion so this time we took the number 48 bus from the Estrada Monumental - the stop just past Reid’s Hotel going towards Funchal centre. For the princely sum of €1.95 each we had an unforgettable, slightly hair raising trip to Monte taking around 45 mins. It’s about a 10 minute, level walk to the entrance of the gardens. Just inside the entrance is a very nice cafe. The gardens are simply stunning and the plants well labelled. They are set on a steep slope but if you have mobility issues don’t let that put you off as for €2.50 each you can pick up a golf buggy by the lake near the bottom which will return you to the entrance. For me the highlights were the beautiful oriental gardens featuring a large number of Koi carp.
Back on board the No. 48 we marvelled at the skill of the bus driver negotiating the narrow steep, roads. You haven’t lived until you’ve experienced one reversing backwards uphill, on a bend, after coming face to face with one coming the other way!
Written April 2, 2022
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Sulev Nurme
Tartu, Estonia163 contributions
Oct 2022
Monte Palace garden is just stunning. It is not very huge - just ok for few hours walking under old trees, trough Japanese Garden and near picturesque pond with waterfall and statues. From selected points can be seen nice views to Funchal. In back corner is located café. Not something very special but offers madeira wine, beer and snacks - enough to make a thirsty man happy!
Written November 14, 2022
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A D
Wales10 contributions
Aug 2022
Went up by cable car, the gardens are immediately opposite the cable car station at the top. Gardens are big and our teens loved exploring all the paths and quirky features like statues and pagodas. Had a very tropical, exotic feel. Natural and unmanicured. Would visit again. Cafe at bottom of gardens not very pleasant, and a bad smell there, I would avoid that but that's where you can pick up your tasting of madeira wine which is included in the ticket. Cafe at top was nicer. Entry was free for under 15s, 12.5 E for adults.
Written August 28, 2022
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Ieva D
4 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
For the entry price, the Gardens seemed unkempt, there were weeds everywhere and the pond water not very clean, the koi fish seemed lazy and discolored there. However I liked some small caves and Portuguese history painted onto ceramic tiles. The famous Japanase garden was okay at best but the many many tourists taking pictures at any given moment didn't help its case (if you go to the Gardens, try to go at a strange time where the are less visitors).
Written June 14, 2022
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Nimmy37
Chester, UK269 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
After taking the cable car up we walked across to the gardens and were somewhat disappointed to start with. That is until you actually get into the heart of the place. It opens up to the most beautiful garden and lakes and there are statues and figurines dotted all around the place. Views over Funchal and the sea are amazing. Be prepared for damp and wet weather even if it’s mid august as it is so high up. Food and drink
are available at the cafe. The steep walk back to the top is not for everyone but you can pay a small price for a buggy ride back to the top.
Written September 19, 2022
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FamilyTraveller
Peterborough458 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
We visited here in the late afternoon when it was quieter. I imagine it could get quite busy at times and some of the paths are quite narrow.

Whilst there was no queues, it took about 20/25 minutes to sort our tickets out. We paid using contactless on our iPhone. Even though we had confirmation that the payment had gone through, the cashier was insistent it hadn’t and said we needed to pay again. Reluctantly, after a discussion, we agreed as we wanted to see the gardens and had wasted enough time already. Sure enough, it transpired that we had been charged twice and ended up spending ages trying to sort out a refund.

The gardens are lovely and are definitely worth a visit. There is also a small museum with gems/rocks etc. There are quite a few steep steps, although I spotted a golf buggy taking people round, which would be advisable if you have mobility issues for example. We only spent an hour or so here, but we could have done with longer.

When we visited, the gardens closed at 6pm, although the last cable car back down to Funchal was at 5.30pm.

I’d definitely recommend a visit here, but allow yourself half a day or so.
Written October 30, 2021
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Jonny Mcguiagn
Manchester, UK19 contributions
Aug 2022 • Solo
Wow! Wonderful escape from the outside world
while you wonder through the gardens. I went
around 3pm so wasn't so busy and was on my own
walking around without anyone in site many times.
Gardens are filled with all sorts of features, plants
and sculptures. Was really blown away by the
beauty of the gardens. Many of the plants and
trees have plaques where you can see the origin of
the plant which was a beautiful touch. Great views
while walking around and from the cafe at the
bottom where you can sample a small taste of a
maderia wine (either dry or sweet) included in the
entry price.
Written August 24, 2022
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Lancedom
Hillesley, UK59 contributions
Sep 2022
Important tip - you enter at the top of the park and the grounds fall away as you explore, meaning a steep walk to exit the park. While we were there they were operating golf buggy trips (for a small charge) to take you back up to the top.

I was knocked out by these gardens - beautiful, ornate, loads of paths to take and hidden areas, lots of water features (including a waterfall you can walk behind). Everywhere there are signs in Portugese and English, including explanations of the great many informative ceramic illustrations. Highly recommended (especially if accessed via the cable car from Funchal)
Written October 30, 2022
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Drummer3
Dublin, Ireland294 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
The €12.50 admission includes a glass of Madeira wine from the Green cafe. It's a beautiful park with nice flowers and trees. There's a little museum. A great view of Funchal in front of the Palace building. There's a lake with a nice waterfall. It's just beside the cable car from Funchal.
Written September 12, 2022
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Roslyn138
Wrexham, UK584 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
We took the cable car to Monte ( a great experience) at the top there was a lovely little cafe where cake and coffee was only €5. We paid our admission to the gardens and ambled around - the exhibits, Chinese garden as well as the tile representation of Portuguese history. You do need to wear sensible shoes as some of the steps are a bit tricky. A lovely afternoon before we tried the toboggan ride.
We did take the cheats way out by paying €2:50 and taking the golf cart ride back from the bottom back to the entrance
Written April 5, 2022
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