Royal Palace of Madrid
Royal Palace of Madrid
4.5
Historic SitesArchitectural Buildings
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
Luxurious, over-the-top rococo palace with over 2,000 opulently gilded rooms.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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The area
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Neighbourhood: Centro
Expansive plazas, local and foreign crowds, street performers, colorful lights, window shopping, restaurant signs promising the best paella, ham, and churros con chocolate- this is downtown Madrid, a collection of plazas interconnected by a network of side streets. Some of these side streets are wide pedestrian shopping routes, and some are hidden, so it's possible to duck in and out of the bustle as desired. The iconic Puerta del Sol is the giant crossroads of the city and a must-see attraction at any time of the day. The nearby Plaza Mayor, completely enclosed by historic red buildings, is an ideal place to grab a bite to eat outside, amidst scores of tables and people out for a stroll. Plaza Isabel II (also known as “Opera”) is smaller and a good meeting spot, and the stately Plaza del Oriente is the front yard of the Royal Palace. Centro can be touristy (pickpockets are unfortuately not unheard-of here), crowded, and sometimes gimmicky, but it is also the place to experience classic Madrid.
How to get there
  • Ópera • 5 min walk
  • Santo Domingo • 9 min walk
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  • Alex T
    Derby, United Kingdom69 contributions
    Wow!
    My friends and I visited and were amazed by the beautiful palace of Madrid. The rooms were amazing and it was great to have an insight into the royal family and its history. We paid I think around €10, which to us was so cheap! We would have to pay hundreds to have this experience in England! Definitely would recommend to anyone visiting Madrid!
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 February 2023
  • HGPV
    Los Angeles, California50 contributions
    Good luck getting in
    The palace is beautiful and has some incredibly beautiful rooms. But we bought tickets advance to “avoid the lines” and waited in line for an hour. Apparently there was a shortage of security people. And there are several different long lines and no one to help you figure out which one is which. It’s worth the effort if the lines aren’t too ridiculous. (Why do these places, places people come from around the world to see, close on Mondays?)
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 March 2023
  • Olga R
    3 contributions
    Interesting
    If you want to spend an afternoon learning about Spanish history this is the trip for you. The guided tour is very informative and I recommend buying your tickets in advance as you can skip the lines and you can just walk in. Skipping the lines is worthwhile!
    Visited February 2023
    Written 4 March 2023
  • Martin C
    Sheffield, United Kingdom628 contributions
    Amazing Palace
    We visited this a part of to walking guided tour. Guide was helpful and worth doing as you get preferential admission. Incredible grandeur and all beautifully preserved and maintained. A must do for Madrid. Includes the Royal Armouries which were highly recommended but if you do this make sure you pick up the audio set for this as it is all in Spanish. (SAdly no one told us this! And our guide had gone by this point)
    Visited March 2023
    Written 5 March 2023
  • Akalanka A
    Colombo, Sri Lanka160 contributions
    Must see place in Madrid
    One of the master pieces of Europe. If you are in Madrid, this is a must see attraction and keep at least two hours to enjoy this place. If you can accompany a guide she or he would explain the history of the place and the different stories of rooms, arts etc. in the palace.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 6 March 2023
  • Devon-Elizabeth S
    Herndon, Virginia180 contributions
    Unique interior design
    As far as royal palaces go, I think the English still takes the cake. That said, there are some unique parts of the Madrid Royal palace, including an entire room donning ceramics and enamel. Definitely worth a visit. But beware, there are multiple ticket options as often, there are several different exhibitions or tour packages that you can choose from. Make sure to understand what you're purchasing ahead of time so that you're not disappointed that you're missing out on something. Another downside is you're not allowed to take photos and the gift shop is lacking in pictures or postcards to make up for this deficiency.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 12 March 2023
  • Cody
    Austin, Texas6 contributions
    Does not have English explanation for the Royal Arms Museum Area
    Everything was good except from the royal Arms museum which did not have any English explanations so if you cannot read Spanish reserve beforehand online for an English audio guide as you cannot get one on the day of. The free time after 4PM or something will get a huge line (I got out about 4:30 PM) and there will be many street sellers with some aggressive marketing techniques to get you to buy stuff from them so I would recommend just paying the 15 Euros to enter. Also another reason is that the palace walkable areas inside are pretty thin so not a lot of room for maneuverability.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 21 March 2023
  • AppletreeGirl
    Essex, United Kingdom248 contributions
    Beautiful palace, stunning rooms.
    This is a stunning place, beautiful architecture and rooms that will take your breath away with their opulence. By an “avoid the queue” ticket online and you can walk straight in. The audio guide was good but not quite accurate about where to start. Once inside the palace though it worked well. Well worth a visit.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 March 2023
  • nick9874
    Florida200 contributions
    A definite stop to see in madrid
    We enjoyed our visit here. The audio tour was ok but some of the path was closed. I imagine you could download a tour on your phone in advance for less than 6 euro. It was interesting to hear the history and see the placement with the current royal family. Buy tickets in advance to avoid the line. Be careful with beggars in line. We witnesses a good Samaritan giving coins only to be chastised by an older woman wanting more since he exposed bills in his wallet.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 25 March 2023
  • Emily
    London, United Kingdom378 contributions
    Beautiful & Impressive building.
    Beautiful & Impressive building. Long queue to get in and was quite busy (Sunday Afternoon), but was still able to see the décor. Staff were very friendly & helpful and spoke English. Signage within in both Spanish & English, providing some interesting commentary. Worth a visit.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 25 March 2023
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Shefford
Berkshire, UK69 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
The decor in the Palace is amazing, but it was very hard to look around because there were too many tour groups going round and the place was over-crowded. Given the strict Covid rules imposed by the Spanish Government just a few short years ago, I am amazed that they allow this level of over-crowding. We bought our tickets online in advance, so we didn't have to queue to get in, but we were essentially in one long queue shuffling around the palace itself.
Written 25 February 2024
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Laura PeGr
Eindhoven, The Netherlands1,363 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
September 2022 - The comparison between this royal palace and the one in London is inevitable if you have been there the previous week. Madrid Palace is not surprising from the outside, but once inside you appreciate it more than Buckingham Palace.
Written 21 February 2024
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Tommo
Melbourne, Australia50,310 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
We visited this palace during our visit to madrid and strolled the immense area.

The Royal Palace of one of the largest palaces in the world.

It is an official seat of a Head of State that is open to the public.

Over 2 million visitors visit.

At the rear of the palace there are great elevated views of the area.
Written 19 February 2024
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Clemente A
2 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Like many things after the pandemic….they have forgotten how to manage tourists. The place was closing at 6pm but of course they sold all tickets online and closed the doors for walk-ins several hours beforehand. Anyhow, they need to take notes from other places Ex. Italy. You need to be a bit more flexible with tourists traveling halfway across the world. Especially considering that cell phone usage is not that easy sometimes without WiFi to plan everything online. Planning tickets far in advance with so many places to hit in Spain is also not very feasible nor advised. Your plans can change easily with a simple strike which is common Ex. Truckers shutting down roads or environmentalist block streets of passage. Save your money going inside the Palace. Take the pic outside. Read up about its interior on your free time online. Besides, it’s supposed to be the official residence of the King and Queen but they don’t reside there so how could it be considered that anyway!Instead, skip over to Museum Prado. There they know what they are doing and you really can’t miss that.
Written 18 February 2024
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GemsNI
Armagh, UK639 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Do not miss out on visiting this beautiful palace, the architecture is just beautiful, and the view from the square/balcony is gorgeous. We bought our tickets online and there was no queue when entering (Feb) - I would image in summer there would be queues. We paid for audio guides which gave very good information and historical context. Self guided tours allow you to wander around yourself using the audio guide, there are guards/staff in each room keeping the tourists moving and behaved. Lockers available for large bags, we had coats which I wanted to put in a locker, but we weren't allowed!
Written 12 February 2024
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wireless_in_CA
United States4,983 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
We bought our tickets online the day before our visit so we were able to skip the ticket line. We still had to go through the same secure line where they x-rayed our bags and jackets.

The first stop was the huge parade ground where you get a sense of just how large this palace was.

To the left was the armory which was filled with a huge selection of armor (even for youths) and a wide variety of weapons. To the right and just before the exit was a cafeteria and gift shop.

Through the main entrance we walked to the grand staircase. Fit to welcome royalty, dignitaries but no red carpet out for the tourists! The royal crest and ornately decorated ceiling greeted us as we climbed further.

Unfortunately no photos were allowed through the rest of the palace. All we have were our memories of ornate decor and furnishings, paintings by well known European artists, lots and lots of clocks, and a very rare collection of a complete Stradivarius quartet.

I lost track of the rooms we toured but it was just a drop in the bucket out of the 3000 plus. Both the king and queen had their own set of rooms, a huge banquet hall, a pharmacy and more. A brief but informative sign was posted in all rooms so it was helpful if you did not take a guided tour or rent an audio guide.

We spent around 1.5 hours inside and greatly enjoyed the visit.

Well worth it to see the largest palace in of Europe.
Written 11 February 2024
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Kayla T.
Nashville, TN6 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
The Royal Palace is a breathtaking testament to Spanish royalty, boasting magnificent architecture, opulent interiors, and priceless artworks. From its imposing facade to the luxurious throne room, every exudes regal splendor. The place’s extensive art collection and panoramic views of the city further enhance the visitor experience. A visit to this historic landmark offers a captivating journey into Spain’s royal heritage and cultural legacy.
Written 5 February 2024
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ElleGee
United States61 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
This is a grand and beautiful royal palace! The enormity was surprising, and every detail was mind-blowing. A must-see in Madrid!
Written 30 January 2024
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SapphireVoyager
151 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
We had already experienced the long (but efficient) lines for the Prado and Reina Sofia free entry times, so we were not deterred by Monday’s long line waiting for free entry to the Palace. It took 40 minutes to get to the front of the line, where we were then asked “where are you from?” Turns out if you’re from USA, you get to pay 14euros each for entry. If we had known that (maybe a sign? Maybe a staff member monitoring the line as in other places?), we could have just bought a ticket and not stood in that line for 1.5 hours. Once inside, the signage is minimal to explain what you’re looking at and unclear as to the family tree of Spanish royalty. Some rooms had zealous oversight of photography (NO!!! In the magnificent dining hall) and others did not (not a single guard there to stop photos in the throne room, so is it OK now??). The gift shop had closed by the time we got to the end, so no postcards for us.
Written 30 January 2024
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top-trippers
Bolton, UK641 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
The palace complex is huge and diverse. It is centred around Plaza de la Armeria, a large pedestrianised square plaza where the Solemn Changing of the Guard is staged at 1200 on the first Wednesday of each month, involving 400 people and 100 horses. (A much smaller takes place outside the separate Puerta del Príncipe gate every Wednesday and Saturday, from 11am till 2pm.) The Palace, sitting along the right-hand side of the square, includes the first floor Royal Apartments; the ground floor Armoury and Kitchens; and gardens. On the opposite side of the square, you will find the entrance to the Gallery of the Royal Collections Museum (next to the Cathedral). I would not recommend visiting all three in a single day. This review focuses on the Royal Apartments.

The palace is the largest still-functioning royal palace in Europe. It continues to host state visits and functions, and it remains the official residence of the royal family's home (but not their day-to-day home). It encompasses 3,500 rooms and 800 bathrooms. You can only visit a few rooms (far less than at Versailles, Schronbrunn, Peteroff etc), but the opulently gilded and decorated Royal Apartments feature stunning ceiling frescoes (those painted by Tiepolo are particularly beautiful); magnificent tapestries; glistening chandeliers; exquisite carved sculptures; beautiful fireplaces; well-ornate furniture; lovely porcelain etc. My personal highlights are Sabatini’s grand marble staircase; the Halberdiers and Columns rooms (served as initial reception and guard rooms); the sumptuous Throne Hall; the floral themed Charles III - Gasparini Room (with its inlaid marble floor, stucco decorations, and silk wall panels embroidered with gold and silk thread); and the magnificent Banqueting Hall. When we visited, the Royal Chapel was closed to the public. We did not have time to visit the Armoury (said to be one of Europe’s best), the Royal Kitchens, or gardens.

Here are some tips to help you plan your visit:
• The Palace usually opens at 10 am. Note that it may be closed (sometimes at short notice) for official events.
• The basic Palace ticket (Royal Apartments and gardens only) costs €14. I think it also includes the Armoury (separate entrance). There are some reduced rate tickets and, if your time-table is flexible, you might want to check out the ‘free-entry’ time slots (usually after 4 pm). You have to pay a supplement for the Royal Kitchens (only accessible on an official guided tour).
• I would highly recommend the combined Palace and Royal Collections Museum ticket (€24). You must visit the Palace first, in a timed entry slot, but you can go to the Museum anytime in the next 7 days.
• In peak season, there are often long queues (1 hour plus in the sun) so either pre-book tickets on-line and head straight to the palace entrance; or arrive at the ticket office early (0930).
• The tour of the Royal Apartments takes no more than 1 hour. You will need to add on extra time if you want to visit the Armoury, Royal Kitchens, or gardens.
• There are few exhibit labels. If don’t have your own guide, you can do some advance research (the official website is not the best). There is also an official audio-guide which you can download for free to your phone (it has mixed reviews), or pay €5 at the ticket office for a physical tablet).
• No food or drink permitted.
• You are not allowed to take photos beyond the staircase.
Written 28 January 2024
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Royal Palace of Madrid admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost ₹ 2,673.30, while a popular guided tour starts around ₹ 273.63 per person.


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