Dolmabahce Palace
Dolmabahce Palace
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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This palace was built in the mid 1800s to replace an earlier structure that was made of wood. The new palace incorporated sixteen separate buildings with stables, a flour mill and a clock tower among them.
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2-3 hours
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LPR1988
Windsor and Maidenhead, UK1,062 contributions
Couples
We didn’t get a chance to visit when we were in Istanbul in January so made sure to visit this time round.

There were a lot of the grounds that I was excited to see but when we arrived they were boarded up due to construction so couldn’t see anything. This info didn’t appear to be available on the website which I checked multiple times.

Tickets are also relatively expensive in comparison to other attractions in the area - approx £35 for 2.

The actual palace was stunning - it was busy but plenty of space to take everything in. It was a shame you couldn’t take any photos inside at all.

I understand not being able to take photos of the priceless art but some of the rooms were so stunning it’s a shame we couldn’t take photos.

The queue when we arrived in the morning was long (or so we thought) and you have to go through a security scanner before queuing again to purchase your tickets.

When we left a few hours later the queue was a few miles long, down the Main Street.

This visit was over Eid so could have contributed to the crowds but would definitely recommend getting there for when it opens or just before to avoid wasting hours queuing.
Written May 20, 2022
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Anuradha
214 contributions
Family
A must visit when you are in Istanbul. It’s really grand and you need at least 5-6 hours to see it properly. Audio guide was very helpful which is included in the ticket, however a security deposit/ passport deposit is necessary if you want to take the audio guide device. Highly recommended as it’s worth the price !
Written July 19, 2022
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Bwyd
Jersey, UK260 contributions
Couples
When visiting Istanbul this must be near the top of anyone's "Must Visit" list. A number of the rooms are stunning, the setting is superb and the history of the palace is fascinating. All offering a great insight into how life in the palace was for those who's home this was.

A few comments that might be of help, based on our visit on a Friday in May.

1. We timed our arrival for lunch time and found the queue acceptable. It only took us 20 minutes to get in. Towards the end of our visit it was getting very busy, as the afternoon visitors caught up with us.

2. If you like a rest, or just want to sit down and soak in the atmosphere, take any empty bench you can. There are far too few and many people end up simply sitting on the grass. They should put more benches in and if cost is an issue, get firms, or families, to sponsor them.

3. If the first cafe you come across is full there are others. Good quality / good value.

4. The Art Gallery is well worth a visit. However the lighting in some of the rooms is minimal and like large parts of the Palace it is easy trip on the door sills and the like. They need to address this issue.

5. In some reviews visitors are critical of the staff. We found many of them to be very friendly and helpful. A simple and cheery "Good Afternoon" was always responded to.

6. Photos. I wanted to take a number of photographs, but observed their rules forbidding it. Frustrating as many/many people were taking pictures on their mobiles. I suggest it is allowed, or people are asked to leave them in a locker.

7. Photos again. A number of interested people back home are following our trip to Istanbul. I think that the Palace marketing team has missed an opportunity for visitors to promote visitor numbers as people back home cannot see how splendid the interior is. Perhaps they don't want additional visitors?

In summary a great place to visit on any trip to Istanbul.
Written May 21, 2022
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haych
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The palace was nice from the outside and inside, it gives you a true feel of the history of the sultans that lived here.

HOWEVER, we were not fully impressed. The tickets cost around £57 for the 4 of us and the money isn't the big issue here if it was worth it. It simply wasn't. The palace on the outside was covered mostly by scaffolding as many touristic sites are currently in Istanbul... the palace was so dusty you could see it on the carpets and furniture etc... the dust is that much you can taste it in your mouth as you walk around.

You can not take any pictures so you don't have anything to look back on once you have left the palace... The rooms you can see are limited to the dining/sitting rooms and the main throne room. But even then there are barriers everywhere and you can't exactly walk around anywhere except looking at things from a corridor.

The outside of the palace, the garden facing the Bosphorus is all under construction too.

If turkey wants to charge sudden high prices they should give people a great experience, but clearly they don't care about that and just want money. You can see more on the internet than going in person. This was one place I was looking forward too, i wasnt impressed at all.
Written July 5, 2022
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Sherif S
Cairo, Egypt887 contributions
long Queue for the tickets but worth it! the line was moving fast so plan additional 45 min waiting in the queue, there are several types of tickets depends on what you want to see but it's pricey, i purchased the basic one with the art gallery and the Harem section but was so happy and satisfied about my basic visit, there is a nice outdoor garden area by the Bosporus.

the audio guide is included in the ticket price and the information is quiet useful and organized, it's not allowed to take pictures inside.

so far the best monument I've visited in Istanbul
Written November 25, 2021
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Iman Moudallal-Rifai
London, UK67 contributions
Family
Extravagance, opulence and lots of history. A palace where time has literally stood still. Six sultans and a president resided there at different times in history. It is one of the biggest and most extravagant Palace with the biggest chandeliers and gold gilded ceilings. I do recommend that one takes a form of ID (passport or driving licence) with them or will need to pay a returnable 200 TL for the modern touch-phone which is used to direct you around the palace. It’s very informative and much enjoyed by the kids, so there’s no need for a guide. On the way to the Harems’ section you will see a click museum and a wonderful little farm with swans, chickens, peacocks and waterfountains. Outside the Harems’ section there is a small cafe area before visiting the Arts museum.
As you leave the palace, there are 2 cafes side by side by the Bosphorus, one on the grounds, where you will see 2 large iconic canons similar to those used in the siege of Constantinople, and the other Milli Saraylar cafe outside by the beautiful Dolmabahçe Cami/mosque.
So much to see you’ll need at least 3 hours comfortably to take in all the beauty and hear all the stories.
Written August 30, 2020
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Osman B
Beirut, Lebanon590 contributions
Dolmabahce is the palace where the latest Ottomans Emperors resided then later it became the presidential palace of Ataturk. What a masterpiece !!! Luxury redefined. Buildings with amazing architecture, numerous huge rooms, grandiose decor, elegant furniture, crystal chandeliers etc... Just WOW !!! We were totally amazed. We bought tickets allowing us to visit both the Selamlek and Haramlek in addition to the museum. All worth of visiting. You feel the history in this palace. The gardens and ponds are beautiful as well. It is to be noted that for some reason taking pictures inside the building is not allowed. Me, my wife and our 9 years old daughter had a wonderful time discovering this great palace.
Written September 13, 2022
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Beatriz M
Düsseldorf, Germany5,233 contributions
The gardens are under reconstruction now! I wanted to see the beautiful white gate to the sea and it was not possible, the path is blocked, you can only really visit the harem, palace, museum and a place full of chickens and peacocks. Quite disappointing, it is not written anywhere when you go to buy the tickets and indeed they are quite expensive, around 20 euro per person! The palace is really amazing, beautiful, it is worth it but if I pay so much money then better to wait and pay to see everything! Very sad. Plus it is not allowed to take any pictures, which is also sad.
Written May 27, 2022
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vivitsa
New Delhi, India11 contributions
Family
This palace was simply superb! It was worth every penny and I highly recommend anyone staying in Istanbul to pay it a visit. Audio tour is included in the ticket of 300 lira (for foreigners) and this has good connectivity with both Metro (F1) and Tram (T1)

If you want to cover it thoroughly properly minimum 5 hours will be required otherwise can be done in 3 hours. There are cute cafés inside with a beautiful view of Bosphorous.
Written June 28, 2022
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KMLondon22
London, UK159 contributions
This should feature in your Istanbul top 10 to-dos list, whether you are interested in history or not. It is beautifully located on the Bosphorus (best viewed from a boat or ferry on the river) and some of the rooms are visually stunning. The exhibitions in the main palace are also very good, with some exquisite exhibits such as jewelled coffee sets. Unfortunately, the Harem is hard to appreciate after visiting the main building as the rooms then seem rather repetitive. The audio guide is worth using and not too long. The museum pass does not cover entrance to the main part of the palace but covers entrance to the Harem.
Written October 31, 2021
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