Topkapi Palace
Topkapi Palace
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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This enormous palace was the Imperial residence of Ottoman sultans for almost 400 years. Although much of the palace is not accessible, the daily tours of the Harem are of great interest to tourists.
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Neighborhood: Sultanahmet
With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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mtupou207
London, UK6 contributions
This massive Palace system actually has several interesting sights to visit and we could have spent another 2-3 hours just wandering around the grounds.
Like with everything in the old city, there's layers upon layers of history here and it's a little mind blowing. I'd recommend getting the audio tour so things make a little more sense but be ready to hand over a cash deposit, a drivers license or your passport as a deposit for the FREE audio guide that is only included if you chose the ticket option with the FREE audio guide. There were some colourful conversations between surprised visitors and the attendants at the FREE audio guide shack.
That aside, allow plenty of time to see your fill of beautiful titled throne rooms, the Harem, religious relics and the stunning views from nearly every vantage point. They were stopping visitors from entering 2 hours before the closing time with the explanation that they'd not have enough time to see most things.
There were substantial lines for a couple of the sections - summer holidays or is Istanbul always this busy? - so be prepared to stand around and wait.
Despite those lines, we managed to see everything we wanted and a good bit more!
Written August 8, 2022
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Jasmine D
California312 contributions
Solo
Go early. Go early. Go early. You have to go through security/metal detectors first then head to the ticket office, which is within the palace grounds. The entrance next to the Archaeological Museum is much less crowded as compared to the main gate (that is behind Hagia Sophia). Paying the extra fees for entrance into the Harem is absolutely worth it as some of the most ornate rooms and tiles are in this section. Head there first then check out the four courtyards. Bring your passport (or 100 USD or EUR) to leave as a deposit to get the free audio guide. I arrived at 8:45 am and was the first one in line when the ticket office opened at 9 am. I was done seeing everything and out by 11:30 am, going the opposite direction from the throngs of tour groups entering.
Written May 9, 2022
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Juliette S.
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Although it may seem a bit pricy (about 420 lyras with the Harem), it is worth the price. The site comprises a mosque (in renovation at this time), gardens, several buildings, courts, and, most of all, the Harem. The latter alone takes about one hour and is really worth the supplement. If you buy the full ticket (you can , you can also see the Agia Irene, but to be honest I did not enjoy it : it was poorly kept (lots of pigeons). The audioguide is free (you need to give your passport or 100 euros), but it is kind of minimalist. I advise you to go early (at the opening or even a bit before) to avoid queuing and huge crowds
Written August 20, 2022
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Stuart Moore
Leeds, UK21 contributions
Visitors need to be aware of some critical things. You pay 320 pp Lira to get in and on offer is a free audio guide. A few yards up the walkway there is a queue to get this guide. We queued, slowly, for almost an hour in the sun get this guide to find that to get it you had to provide a key document as a deposit such as a passport, or driving licence, or $100US or E100 Euros. We did not have any of these, nor sufficient TKL to obtain the guide. We queued all that time for nothing. Why could they not put these requirements upfront, by the engry ticket machines, so you could not if you met the criteria or not? Morons to say the least. It left us furious.
We went inside, and yes, it is something to see and learn about, but for one thing the Harem was extra to get in, and secondly, the queues everwhere were truly horrific, and having queued for no benefit to get the guide we were worn out already.
If you go to this place take a key document or a wad of dollars or Euros, and go in the morning to avoid the hordes.
They do not limit the numbers of people entering the site; they are on a money spinner here there is no doubt.
Written May 26, 2022
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Malak Al Shaibani
Azaiba, Oman71 contributions
Couples
This was my second visit after more than 9 years in Istanbul it is a must see for sure but the experience itself getting was not well organized . Prices for entry are not transparent we were told 300 liras and after that 600 lira a rip off . After queuing for an hour at a booth for tickets we were told that we needed to go to another booth . We bought tickets for the Sultan Harem and Islamic museum unfortunately even after buying our tickets getting into the Islamic museum was a long queue another wait for two hours in the hot sun . It is not advisable for anyone who needs assistance or are elderly no facilities for wheel chair access . Topkapi is a must see but if you take a tour guide make sure that you get your tickets before and also you are not ripped off in terms of pricing
Written June 11, 2022
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Cleveland T
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The palace is worth the visit and depending on the entrance you chose (front/back) the front - has a fairly steep walk up and once you arrive at the payment booths to enter into the court yards they charge 410 (harem access) or 320 without harem. They only accept Lira's and there were many tour groups when we visited 1st week of June.

There are some very interesting artifacts, rooms and courtyards to view, you can easily spend between 2-3 hours.
Written June 7, 2022
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Ocean girl
Dallas, TX22 contributions
Couples
Definitely a grand, beautiful, and interesting place to visit if you're in Istanbul. These are the reasons why I'm giving 2 stars instead of 5
- It is not possible to buy tickets in advance from the official website. Only from websites where you have to pay double or triple price.
- We had already stood in line for tickets in the terrible heat for about 40 minutes, when a museum employee appeared and said that only cash was accepted at the ticket windows. “Anyone with a card, follow me”.It turns out that they have ticket machines in a 3- minute walking distance where you can easily buy a ticket using credit/ debit card, and where there is no line at all.
Dear Topkapi Palace management, is it really that hard to put a sign above the ticket windows “Cash only. If you pay with card, go to the ticket machines.” People have to wait in line for as long as an hour, when they could spend only 2 minutes buying tickets. So sad ..
And all restrooms are AWFULLY dirty. The place is very busy and should make enough money to hire help to keep bathrooms clean.
Written September 1, 2022
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Andy
Glasgow, UK51 contributions
The 'palace' is actually a series of four courtyards with many marvellous buldings; a breathtaking sight every time you turn a corner. It gives a great insight into the life of the sultans. Rightly one of the top tourist attractions in Istanbul.

It is worth getting there at 9 am to avoid long queues.

What marred our visit is the lack of restaurant facilities inside the paid-entry part of the compound (courtyards 2 to 4). There is only a tiny cafe, which is hard to find as it is not on any of the signposts. The small WC (4 cabins for each gender) is also hard to find.

The tickets are single entry; a security guard confirmed that if we left to have lunch outside, we would not be allowed back in again. With an entry price of TRY 420, this is unacceptable; the tickets should be valid all day. We ultımately cut our visit short due to a desperate need for a rest and food.
Written June 19, 2022
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Subhadeep S
The Hague, The Netherlands88 contributions
Yes its a huge place indeed. People can buy the ticket by themeslvs you also find guides are there they will ask you they can help you to skip the line & guided tour etc but not worth . Also they take payament in card(Yes trnsaction charged are there for your bank).

It was a sunny day yyoohhoo in Istanbul.

We need to skip one tower trip due to this Topkapi palace tour and we have taken the entire package including "HAREM & Mesueum". We were excited to see the Harem to feel larger than life things as a man(just kidding..dont tell this to my wife ha ha). But the enviroment inside is somehow depressing that place mostly full with places where Eunuch(Black ) use to take shower toilet etc..toiled of king. room of Kings mother ..slaves quarter but somehow the cold old place is depressing which we could not cheer about those. If you want to read the Histroy about that place and interested in Hostroy then this is something nice place for you.Architecture wise old buiding made by stone with nature light.
I will include some picture from inside Harem and other places. But did not clicke those pictures of toilet and shower area.
You need to walk up and down and require to folloe the route .
Written May 4, 2022
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Frank D
Slidell, LA1,310 contributions
My Best Advice: Get there early and on your own. If you have the Istanbul Museum Pass you can bypass the ticket lines. The pass or a ticket also entitles you to an audio guide that offers detailed information on almost every point by just entering a number (posted on signs) for the point where you are. Leave your passport when you get the guide unit and retrieve your passport when you turn it in. Since you're there early you'll walk in while the guided groups are forming up and listening to their guides deliver their speeches. You'll walk through at your own pace and see things not included in the guided trip or skip what doesn't interest you. It was about 1/2 hour before any guided groups caught up with my own "private tour". Allow at least 3 hours at Topkapi.

Topkapi is VAST! No single building is huge, but there are many of them covering a large area with courtyards and gardens and just so much to see. Different areas and buildings can be a bit crowded, but the crowds aren't usually persistent - they're mostly associated with tour groups moving through. If you want pictures, gradually move around and you'll get your shot and the crowds will move along before another crowd hits and give you the space to see or photograph you want.

The kitchen is worth seeing and has a beautiful collection of serving items. Don't miss the Clock Collection - spanning 400 years and one of the world's most magnificent mechanical clock collections.
Written July 29, 2022
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  • Wed - Mon 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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