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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Book an early visit and arrive before it opens to fully appreciate and enjoy your visit.

An easy walk from the metro, we came up the hill through the lovely park in back of the palace. Fabulous city views from both the park and palace. Be sure to see the room with their Stradivarius collection, which they lend to visiting musicians.
Lovely way to start your day of touring.

Thank Mah_Murrini
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Reviewed yesterday

This was one of the highlights, beautifully preserved site. The tour is self guiding. I recommend purchasing the audio guide, well worth it

Thank Odyssey44416516286
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Turned up for the 1000 entry slot which is the earliest without paying extra for a private tour. Probably mental in the summer as a lot of the tour goes through connecting doorways and small rooms but we weren't so bad. We invested in the audio guide which at 3€ extra was good value. For that you get a tablet and headset and plenty of information with photographs. Note though that you need to leave credit card details as security against the safe return of tablet. Before entering the palace you are free to wander the front courtyard (Plaza de la Armería) which gives one of the few photo opps available during the visit. There is a nice view out across the palace gardens and Casa Dr Campo beyond to the west, also the cathedral which directly faces the palace. Inside the tour follows a fixed route although it is not a group tour and you can spend as little or as much time as you like in each room. Note though that once you pass through the main staircase and first few rooms, there is a restriction on any photography. I assume that this is for security reasons as many of the rooms are still used for state purposes, but it is a shame nonetheless as some of the rooms are visually stunning. Among the things on display is the huge portrait of King Juan Carlos I and his family, which in first glance does look like a photo, the unique collection of priceless Stradivarius instruments, and the original document confirming the abdication of Juan Carlos. The throne room is a spectacular open space, even if half of it is roped off and there are many other interesting snapshots of Spanish history. After the tour has ended you can visit the armoury, which has some fabulous exhibits, and mill around once again outside in the courtyard at leisure. The fact that it was possible to go at your own pace and dawdle if you wanted to was great, as you did not have to keep up with anyone. That made for a pleasant and relaxing tour.

Thank Tim M
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We came here as part of our city trip tour and generally enjoyed the whole visit of about 2.5 hours.

Surely, the palace is not as pompous as Versailles from the inside, but it offers a very intriguing take on the history of Spanish kings.

We particularly enjoyed the section where the armours and weapons of the kings were exhibited.... it was quite impressive.

Thank Maksim B
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Best place in Madrid to visit with young children, very decent place, the palace is amazing, tickets price is very affordable, young children friendly, large safes to store your belongings including baby stroller, audio bank is available for around 10 euros to listen to an electronic tourist guide.
As general, we enjoyed a lot.

Thank NadierMady
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Reviewed yesterday

Long queue to get in-tight security-bags X-rayed-slowed admission on chilly Nov. day.Once inside head across the square to the Armoury & wonder how horses stood the weight of so much armour in days of yore as well as carry a knight in armour carrying a lance. Rest of the palace is fine with some great chandeliers with a lot of tour guides & groups of glazed tourists.I'd recommend spending time admiring the armour.

Thank Salutati0n
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Reviewed 2 days ago

yes a nice place to spend a few hours ,took the audio guide option ,lots of interesting facts well worth a visit ,

Thank Steve B
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I went at night and during day - I did not see the soldiers march,
But yes this comes next to the cathedral where the monarch wedding happens - it s a beautiful spot to check out.

Thank Vishnu R
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Beautiful park. Spooooooo big. Try the little pond for a row boat. Lots of kiosk for hot chocolate churros and a beer

Thank TMC159
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We were staying within walking distance and were lucky to be given the advice to visit late afternoon and it wasn’t as busy.
It was one of the most stunning palace I have seen so far, a must see

Thank juliehH1469AX
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