Castelo de S. Jorge
Castelo de S. Jorge
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About
Standing proudly on Lisbon's highest hill, this historic castle offers panoramic views of the city all around it. The fort dates back to the Moorish times in the 11th century, and has served as military barracks and royal chambers. Currently, it's a national monument which is home to a museum and archaeological site, though most people visit for the fantastic views and gardens to relax in. There are free and paid guided tours available in the ticket, as well as regular free demos for the camera obscura which provides 360º detailed views of the city in real-time
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Neighbourhood: Castelo, Alfama & Mouraria
Explore narrow streets and alleyways, small cafes and, of course, the internationally acclaimed Fado music. The earth-shattering Great Earthquake of 1755 destroyed most of the city but the contiguous neighborhoods of Mouraria, Castelo and Alfama remained standing to this day. These neighborhoods represent Lisbon at its historical best. The cool breeze of the Tagus river will take you up the hills to the sound of Fado, where you'll discover the best "tascas," eat delicious fresh fish and drink great wines. Discover hidden viewpoints and ancient traces of other civilizational ruins in the heart of the Portuguese capital. These are centuries-old neighborhoods that will welcome you to the very best of old Lisbon culture.
How to get there
  • Martim Moniz • 7 min walk
  • Rossio • 7 min walk
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  • Lauren N
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get tickets online, views are worth it
    Great views. Get tickets online ahead of time to skip the line. We struggled with getting online tickets ahead of time because the website had a lot of malfunctions, but we did finally manage to get tickets online while standing in the in person ticket line. When we arrived around 10:30, line seemed long and was probably 15 minutes, but, when we came out, the line was literally down the hill and probably an hour wait. The views of Lisbon were well worth going, and it was fun to climb around the old fortress.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 May 2023
  • John J
    7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Skip the Audio Guides
    The views here are amazing. The lines ridiculous. We bought our tickets the day before online but were cheaper in person. Lots of history here, but our audio guides that we downloaded as part of our tour, was very very difficult to follow so what we paid for had to be abandon, which meant I am sure we missed much of the history we could have learned. I think there needs to be more instruction and guidance with the audio guides provided.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 May 2023
  • Julie R
    Quebec City, Canada12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Buy your ticket online !
    If you buy your ticket online, you don't have to queue and wait to buy, you will save lots of time. It is pretty interesting and lots of peacocks to see ! Very nice place. The cobblestones are not well placed so it can be a challenge for someone having difficulties to walk, be careful. I do recommend to bring a lunch/pic nic and eat it at the numerous tables under the trees near the entrance, it is a nice place!
    Visited May 2023
    Written 31 May 2023
  • Richard T
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth visiting
    Bought tickets at gate, was worried after seeing many reviews mentioning the long queues, but we arrived at 10am & there was just a 1 minute wait to buy tickets. When we left about an hour later the queue was fairly long, so if not buying online need to arrive early. The castle was great & well worth visiting, excellent views.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 June 2023
  • brouillymarie
    Cornelius, North Carolina774 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great spot for teens
    We were traveling with our teenage son. He LOVED the castle and the peacocks. We went in the evening and climbed all over the place. It was an informal and casual tour. We read Rick Steves walking guide and meandered around. A great place for families traveling with teens.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 6 June 2023
  • Kerry R
    87 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Still marvelous
    I first visited the Castelo 10 years ago, and in a city full of beautiful views, the Castelo still takes pride of place; it still has the magic. It feels like an island in the sky, cooled by big trees and breezes from the Tejo. No wonder people have lived on top of this hill for more than 25 centuries, as the good little exhibition lets us know. Worth the ticket, buy yours on line and avoid the line.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 9 June 2023
  • fam27
    Toronto, Canada117 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing views
    Loved this castle in Lisbon. Be prepared for a lot of walking - similar to all sites in Lisbon - but it was a great place to visit with amazing views. We didn’t bother to go inside but easily spent more than 2 hours walking around and enjoying the sites. Definitely recommend this and spare the extra time for the views.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 June 2023
  • Bartonbears
    Coffs Harbour, Australia2,633 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-see when in Lisbon
    It is important to arrive early at this attraction or the queues will be long. We caught a taxi to arrive at opening time and were second in line; when we left about two hours later, the queue was about 100 metres long. Reasons to go here are to get sensational views over Lisbon, to walk the castle walls, for great photos, and to visit the museum. Walking the walls gives a great feeling for what it must have been like when the castle was first used. All of these things work best if you are not in a crowd. When we were there, the camera obscura sadly was not open. The walk down is quite pleasant. We'd recommend this very highly but only if you can beat the crowd.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 June 2023
  • Michael K
    989 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive and well maintained castle with great views of the city
    This is a must see in Lisbon. The castle is well maintained and it is exhilarating to expolore the battlement. Before one gets to the castle proper, there is a view terrace along the ramparts which offers great views of the city below. As a bonus, there are quite a few peacocks living in the castle and when we visited, many were strutting around displaying their tail plumage.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 June 2023
  • AnselmColom
    Grays Thurrock, United Kingdom2,885 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Castle with fantastic views
    A 11th century castle which you can walk to (good luck!!!!) or get the bus. Depends on the weather and your fitness to decide. Get your tickets online first. Take loads of pics of the view of the city and river. Walk around the outside of the castle. It’s not smooth ramps or anything. Think rest of Lisbon! Go inside the castle ruins and climb the fort. Very steep steps so be careful. Again great views up there. Take water and you can buy drinks there but will queue. Museum gives the history and there is also a church. The trip there and back will be memorable if you walk it. So impressed with the bus going up the narrow streets to get there.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 June 2023
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S K
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We walked up the hill to the fort. Stopped at various viewpoints. The fort offered great views over the city. Lots to explore. The peacocks like to perch in the trees next to the little cafe and museum. I lost my sunglasses and the staff were super helpful as they had found them and kept them in lost property. After, we had lunch in a cafe just outside. A good day out.
Written 17 May 2024
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Brian Nielsen
Skive, Denmark51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Amazing place, lots of things to see, amazing view over the city. Lisboas highest place. Beautifil Peacocks everywhere you go.
Written 13 May 2024
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Sandy S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Paid online to avoid queue. Was very quick and easy. Akber from get you guide was their with tickets. Very helpful and quick
Written 10 May 2024
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hjb342021
Ormond Beach, FL5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The castle itself was interesting, its history fascinating, and the views from the castle were spectacular. We were mesmerized by the peacocks and they definitely put on a show worthy of the attention they received.
Written 10 May 2024
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Hannah S
Bristol, UK398 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
€15 entry per adult if you queue on the day. We arrive around 12:00 and the queue was 25 mins. If you book online you pay around €8 in fees but jump the queue, you can book online immediately while you are waiting.
The ground are lovely, lots of places for a picnic so bring your own. Really calm and peaceful walking the grounds. Nothing amazing in particular to see other than nice views of the city.
Written 9 May 2024
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drmader
Orinda, CA2,885 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Don’t miss the peacocks , the views of the bridge and sea and tiled roofed city. Hilly walk up but enjoyable with eateries and souvenirs lining your walk. Not terribly crowded . We bought tickets online so we could skip over the que at the front. Enjoyed canons and walking all around the walled area
Written 5 May 2024
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dwm132
Orinda, CA6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Great historical site with excellent views. The peacocks were interesting. The castle feel looks like a set for Game of Thrones.
Written 5 May 2024
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David C
France3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The Castello de S. Jorge is a can't- miss experience in Lisbon. The walk up from the central city is fascinating, with narrow ancient streets, tiled buildings and interesting shops. It is a pretty decent hike up and a funicular is available to eliminate much of the climb for those who don't want to make the climb. The Castello itself is fascinating with lots of great views of the city and harbor. The peacocks strutting around the Castello just add to the experience. Walking the high battlements is not recommended for anyone with fear of heights but the experience is fantastic. This city was the site of multiple invasions (and earthquakes) and the immense effort required to build the Castello suggests how dangerous the world seemed to people of the middle ages.
Written 2 May 2024
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chris g
London, UK421 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
After taking a tram ride to near top of hill a short steep walk to the ticket office at the entrance to the castle . we spoke to a very
Pleasant and informative lady called Ms C Correigho ? And purchased two tickets .
Walking the ramparts of the castle gave great views of lisbon city, gardens and sea . Could be challenging if not reasonably fit !
One bad point is that we entered the castle grounds at around 4 pm but was not aware that the castle entrance itself closed at 5pm even when the ramparts and garden was open until 9pm . I think we should have been made aware of this !! As we paid full price to view gardens and interior of castle.
Written 1 May 2024
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Kevin B
Glasgow, UK5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Got the Lisboa Cards for the group. The queues moved for card holders with all the dynamism of costal erosion. The slowest I have ever experienced.
The large bald security guard really should think about whether hospitality was a wise career choice. He was obviously trained in customer relations by veterans of the Belgian Congo. He was the most aggressive rude entry person I have ever had the misfortune to encounter.
Once in the Castle was ok and the girls in the cafe were very nice and friendly.
Written 27 April 2024
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