Torre de Belém
Torre de Belém
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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A 16th-century tower which serves as a monument to Portugal's Age of Discovery on both land and sea.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighbourhood: Belém
Belém is the "capital of the Portuguese Discoveries" and a photographer's paradise. You can spend an entire day exploring this neighborhood: monuments (Jerónimos Monastery, Belém Tower, Monument to the Discoveries), museums (Coach Museum, Centro Cultural de Belém) and breathtaking views of the Tagus river will make your visit worth your time. Belém also offers a variety of restaurants and cafes, namely the famous - and delicious - "Pastéis de Belém" (typical Portuguese custard tarts; make sure you buy an extra box of those!). Easily accessible from Lisbon's historic center, Belém is a must-do, especially if you're spending more than one day visiting the Portuguese capital.
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  • 23rita
    Davie, Florida573 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Photo Op!
    What a beautiful site!!! Great photo ops! We did not go inside due to a very long line and noticed that only so many at a time were allowed entry. FYI: I just read that there are lines inside as well.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 30 April 2023
  • Richard B
    Ringwood, United Kingdom13 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Viewed from the river
    We visited via a cruise ship as the last port on our world cruise. The fort is one of the 1st significant things that you see and it is a delight. I cannot see that it ever served as a defensive fort but as an architectural conceit it is wonderful.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 May 2023
  • B T
    London, United Kingdom1,216 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Queues, queues, and more queues
    The tower looks nice, it's set in the water. It's a 5 min visit and look. Not worth going in as the queue is usually always huge (an hour wait) and even when you finally get inside you are still stood in a queue
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 May 2023
  • Julie R
    Quebec City, Canada12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not very long tour and empty tower
    I was lucky and did not wait when the Torre opened at 9:30, we were maybe 10-12 to enter. It was perfect, however, it is totally empty inside. It is interesting but within 20 minutes we were out and saw everything. So, if you need to wait for like 2 hours to get in... no... don't waste your time.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 31 May 2023
  • ChippyBiddy
    London, United Kingdom158 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Glad we didn’t line up
    This was lovely to look at from the outside and it’s worth walking all the way around to get the best photos. After reading previous reviews, we decided not to pre book any tickets and upon arrival we were glad we didn’t bother. The line to enter was very long and to be honest from looking around I wasn’t convinced that the view would be anything special. Although it’s a tower it’s not actually very high so it’s not like you’d be seeing something spectacular from the top. Worth a look if you are in Belem anyway but maybe don’t bother with entering.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 June 2023
  • Luke-n-LauraB
    St. Helier, United Kingdom544 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool place
    Took the bus to Belem to explore and see the picturesque Tower. Well worth the visit to see its beauty and lots going on nearby. Tram back was also an easy option.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 June 2023
  • katecok
    Brisbane, Australia37 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Guardian of the city
    The tower at Belem is the last remaining guardian of the river mouth which was built to protect Lisbon from attacks by sea. It is an imposing tower, worth a visit. If you’re a photographer, I recommend visiting early in the morning for good light.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 8 June 2023
  • kimwillrule
    Singapore, Singapore2,689 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Second long queue
    Torre de Belem, Belem Portugal: Strategically located into the sea, the tower is of iconic Manueline style like many of the other dated architectures in Belem. The lines for this are long so be prepared to queue. It’s best to get your Lisboa card for a seamless entrance although you don’t get priority entrance. You will also see Moorish and North African influences that seem to permeate a lot of the palacios, torres and royal architecture. #eatstylishtravelstylish
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 June 2023
  • kuma1720
    Miami, Florida288 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic Lication
    An excellent trip here. Used the Lisbon Card from main town and travelled over here. The cue was long earlier but at about 1 pm the line went down to nothing. So go later or really early.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 June 2023
  • WeAlwaysLove2Travel
    Hoboken, New Jersey52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth seeing, but don't bother going to the upper levels
    A must see. Worth going into if the line isn't too long. Make sure to get your tickets ahead of time to safe yourself the hassle. Once inside, you can climb up to the upper levels. Given the passageway is narrow, they coordinate a group going up, then down. For us, it took quite a long time and, in my opinion, wasn't worth the time. Go in, look around and then leave without going up to the other levels. Go up to the top of the Discovery Monument for better views with less crowds.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 June 2023
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Gordon103
Leeds, UK236 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
From the outside this is a five star attraction and well worth seeing. We bought tickets on line but were told we could not enter the long queue that day as it was shutting early due to high tide - come back another day we were told. That is not so good for tourists with limited time apart from the fact that it takes a bit of effort to get here from Lisbon. So turned up the next day and stood in queue for about 45 minutes (this was morning, queue may be worse later on). The last time we bought on line tickets, in 2018, we were able to skip the queue. So, first message is, do not bother with on line tickets. When we got in there was little to see - the best bits such as the roof are now out of bounds - glad we got there on previous visits. So great to look at but not worth going in.
Written 19 April 2024
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Sheldon F
Albuquerque, NM22 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The tower is very pretty to look at from the outside, but there is absolutely nothing inside. The line was long and it was very crowded. Go to the Monastery instead.
Written 15 April 2024
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Pietro J
Toronto, Canada373 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
An iconic location but not worth a visit unless you're going to the monestery, and the statue of discovery.
Very ornate but disappointing given all the hype.
Written 15 April 2024
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jeff_acklington
Northumberland, UK196 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We had purchased a Lisboa Card that advertises skip the queues!!. However, when we arrived at the tower there was already a very long queue. We were in the queue for about 10 minutes when a man came along checking tickets. He told us that we should have gone to the ticket office to get our tickets even though the tower is on the list of free entry with the Lisboa Card. The queue at the ticket office was also long. We decided to give it a miss as did not want to stand for 2 hours in line.
Written 3 April 2024
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Andrew Z
New York278 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The whole Belem area, is very touristy. We decided to visit an early afternoon, hoping there will be less people. Unfortunately not. Especially during a nice weather, there are many people. The line to Jeronimo Monastery was huge, including school groups. There are lines everywhere. We skipped many of the places. But we decided to have a taste of pastry at the "Pasteis de Belem". The line was manageable. The pastry - I guess depends of the personal taste - they were fresh for sure, but there are other goodies worthy to taste it. No line at the Museum of Coaches. We walked around enjoying some fresh air and the breeze.
Written 3 April 2024
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Nalini S
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
a trip to Lisbon is not complete without a visit to the Belem Tower. The structure itself triggers fanciful images of past voyages of discovery that have impacted the world as we know it. Strolling around the tower climbing the narrow steps to different levels would be something all kids would love! My husband and I both in our 60s really enjoyed the morning we spent there.
Written 28 March 2024
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wireless_in_CA
United States5,031 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
This was our first stop in Belem as we started with the farthest attraction and worked back to the Monument of the Discoveries, Jeronimos Monastery and Pasteis de Belem. From the drop off point by our Uber driver, we first walked towards the ticket office and then onwards to the tower itself.

We arrived within an hour after opening and by the time we left there was a line waiting to get in.

As we wandered through the tower the rooms were rather empty and lacked much furnishings or decor to help visualize what it could have looked like. Signage could only help so much but hopefully this will be planned for the future.

The single set of stairs only allowed one way up or down at a time and staff would sometimes manage access at the base of the stairs.

The views of the bay and surroundings from the terrace were quite nice.
Written 27 March 2024
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Vincent C
318 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Insanely busy. Even having the Lisboa card it was a 2hr wait so we skipped it and just took some pictures outside. Crowded as well.
Written 26 March 2024
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gifty62
France321 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Beautiful from outside and very nostalgic to see how this tower played part in globalisation in 15th century. Vasco de Gama set sail from here opening the Atlantic voyages to the world. There are no frills to the tower so depends what thrill one is looking for. Didn’t go inside and had not planned to. If you like history, please do visit.
Written 26 March 2024
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Dan S
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Perhaps it was because we’d already done some other wonderful things in the area, but the wait was very long (worsened by the fake violinist right next to us) and the castle very plain…but we were disappointed. The single staircase meant many queues to ascend, and limited views from the window openings.
It was out least favorite visit of the day.
Written 24 March 2024
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