Acropolis
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This ancient citadel, built in the fifth century B.C., towers over the city and is home to some of the most impressive ancient ruins, buildings, and artifacts. The most famous temple, the Parthenon, was dedicated to the goddess Athena and is considered the peak of Greek art. You can avoid long lines by joining a walking tour of the site. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring sunscreen, as the walk up the hill can be steep and exposed to the sun. For the best experience, visit early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the heat and for fewer crowds. – Tripadvisor
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  • TheRelfster
    Manchester, United Kingdom1,804 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical despite the crowds
    This was our second visit (the first was 2010) and it was so much more crowded this time. Everywhere was packed so it was quite hard to find a quiet spot. That said, we did go on a sunny evening. We still thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 July 2023
  • David O
    Adelaide, Australia78 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing landmark yet sooo crowded!
    We arrived just before the 8am opening time and the prepaid ticket queue was already well over 100m long yet moved quickly and we’re in within 20 minutes. Be warned - the crowds (especially the guided tours) are huge & extremely slow moving so prepare to be very patient. We did the audio tour which I would only recommend if you’re a history buff as its long winded , repetitive and detracts from you looking at the stunning city wide views. Overall, it is very impressive and well worth taking the time to visit when in Athens.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 July 2023
  • Maxcie S
    Birmingham, Alabama125 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing! Must see in Athens but very hot in July with little or no shade
    Better than I hade ever imagined. It is amazing that these buildings have existed for thousands of years. The trip up is somewhat strenuous, but worth it. For people with mobility issues, the trip up may be difficult. It was very hot even though we walked up as soon as it opened. It was an amazing experience
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Paul D
    23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fancy name for a hill, innit
    If this isn't in the top 3 things you think of when you hear of Greece, you must be mixing it up with Grease the musical! A wonder of the ancient world, the Acropolis of Athens holds many buildings including the Parthenon - the actual columned building (Acropolis just means hill!). Get there early in the day to avoid queues and heat - especially in the summer months when extremely high temperatures can cause the site to close for safety. Bring water or buy a bottle there to carry around and allow an hour or so to circulate the site. It's on a hill so don't be surprised at the walking up and down!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 July 2023
  • BENFEDILA D
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    ACROPOLIS AUDIO GUIDE application
    You absolutely must download the ACROPOLIS AUDIO GUIDE application! For just €3, you'll get a perfect audio guide with great explanations! Indispensable for understanding the sites! Just so you know, an on-site guide costs 25e per person, so the choice is yours!
    Visited August 2023
    Written 2 August 2023
  • hcs922
    Havertown, Pennsylvania246 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go later..
    Get the tour guide to skip the lines and tour the other sites! It is worth it! The lines in the early am on Saturday are ridiculous! Cruises are coming in so people want to make the most of their day. Highly recommended going later and get the tour guide!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 August 2023
  • nicolajdrake
    Greater London, United Kingdom186 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Top of the world
    The Acropolis itself is unbelievable but the chaos of getting into it could also be described as the same. There was so much confusion online regarding buying a ticket to “skip the line” we decided not to bother and arrived at 10.30am. I am glad we did, there are two queues. You need to queue to buy an entrance ticket (the skip the line bit – which was short) and then queue again to enter the Acropolis area – this can be long and in the hot sunshine (hence why it was closed during the high temperatures) There are 000’s of people and you seem to endlessly queue at this attraction but as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites it has to be done. As you imagine the flooring is uneven, so unsuitable for those with any ailments. Take water with you and wear sensible shoes. Tip – the Athens City Bus departs from here (take the blue one, it’s cheaper) you’ll need the one hour to sit down after all that walking. And the best Gyros can be found in Athens for €3.70 (@ Tylixto)
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 August 2023
  • JHNB1
    Cambridge, United Kingdom228 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning
    The Acropolis site and particularly the Parthenon are just stunning. On a hot and dry day we ventured out to see the wonder. It’s very busy the route uneven but we persevered. The Parthenon restoration is ongoing. New stones have been installed and are clearly visible with the old. Pieces of the building are arranged so visitors can see how the building is detailed. Amazing. Just to die for views of Athens and beyond. Just stunning.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Sharon L
    17 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing site but poorly organised
    We waited in a 2 hour queue. We got to the front to be told that there was a separate queue to buy tickets!! This was quite stressful but we explained to the staff member who allowed us to re-enter the queue at the front. Inside, it was SO busy. We literally walked in a queue. There were far too few staff and very little management of the situation. The Acropolis is amazing, bucket list worthy but the experience was quite stressful.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Julie J
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning
    Spectacular!!! Pictures do not do this beautiful spot justice. It was extremely hot when we hiked up to the top, but there are plenty of spots for breaks and to catch your breath. Be sure to have a water bottle. We went to the sight's entrance about 6pm and there was no line to get in. I've heard that morning and afternoon wait times can be very lengthy, but we went at the perfect time. You need about 2 hours to see everything from start to finish. Walking to the Plaka neighborhood in the evening there is a stunning view of the Acropolis/ Parthenon as it is lit up on top of the hill. This was my favorite thing to do in Athens.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 August 2023
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davidoloughlin88
Urbandale, IA20 contributions
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Jan 2020
We visited in January 2020 and entered the site at opening. We were able to get in and visit the site with fewer than 20 people for the first hour. Nothing beats the sun rising over the city as seen from the Acropolis. I would recommend visiting the museum for a full understanding of the importance and history prior to visiting the Acropolis.
Written 19 February 2020
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Johan176
Birmingham, UK81 contributions
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Mar 2020
Visiting the Acropolis to see the Parthenon was the main reason we wanted to travel to Athens, it did not disappoint the views were amazing.
We booked a 1.5 hour group tour with Get Your Guide which was a huge disappointment, the information delivered by our guide was muddled and rushed. It would have been better to read from our guidebook as we saw the sights on the way to the top.
We visited Athens in March, the weather was great but more importantly the volume of people was much more manageable to see the sights without huge crowds.
The Acropolis was one of the highlights of our holiday to Athens but maybe think about exploring yourself or with a private guide.
Written 1 May 2020
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aclayr
Arizona301 contributions
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May 2019
We arrived shortly before opening to purchase tickets & were not surprised to see a line already formed. We utilized one of the side entrances though, so with only about 10 parties ahead of us, the line moved rather quickly. Once we entered & made our way around to the main entrance, we were met by hordes of people pushing their way up the steps. With our Rick Steves guide book in tow, we decided to take on the monument without a tour guide. (& I’m glad we went this route as being in a tour group just looked like a hassle.) We found it fairly easy to navigate around, & while there were informative plaques throughout, we opted for the descriptions in our book instead. The massive crane inside the main structure was an unfortunate eyesore, but I believe they are currently working on a preservation/restoration project. The views of the city were spectacular though. The ground was very uneven throughout & even slippery in some places, so be sure to wear appropriate shoes. I’d also recommend bringing water & patience as it warms up early in the morning & the number of clueless tourists is absurd.
Written 2 January 2020
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Rosh145
London, UK1,747 contributions
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Aug 2020 • Friends
Entrance is open from 8am. I highly recommend getting there then as it is a lot cooler and a lot less busier. Wear comfortable (ideally sports shoes) footwear as the ground is very rocky and take water. The exhibition takes about 90-120 mins to complete.

Buy the package ticket for €30 as this allows you to see 6 other sites across the city. If this is the only site you want to see then the cost is only €20.
Written 29 August 2020
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caysera
Bournemouth, UK82 contributions
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Jul 2020 • Family
We visited the Acropolis today. I was really apprehensive about the visit as we were going as a family with 2 young children who don't do well in the summer heat.
Read up a lot of reviews as wanted our experience to be the best it could be without a guide and decided an early morning visit would best suit us. We picked up the combi tickets of €30 per adult (the children went free as under 18 and British passports) the previous evening at Hadrian's library. No que which was brilliant.
Got to the Acropolis via the South eastern gate at 9am. Skipped the ticket ques(hurray!!). Walked through the entrance check barriers. Got up the hill and visited all the 8 structures within an hour and 10 minutes, with several little water breaks and several photos at each spot.
By the time We finished and got back down the sun was getting hotter and more people were flowing in.
The climb was easy and the break after each structure made it enjoyable for the children too.
Carry water, hats, sunblock and aim to get there early.
Written 29 July 2020
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Krishhere
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India1,412 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
A few tips first. (1) Suggest you visit the Acropolis museum before visiting the Acropolis, to get a feel of the history of the ancient city. (2) Read up on the Acropolis online and download a map of the Acropolis on your mobile, before your visit. You don't need a tour guide. (3) if you are visiting Greece during summer like we did, keep in mind it is going to be very hot. Carry water and use sun cream. Proper walking shoes is a must since you have to climb stairs to reach the site. The climb is easy. No worries on that at all. (4) visit Acropolis in the evening, after 5.30 pm so that you can see the Parthenon lighted up. Also a good idea to escape the heat. (5) Buy a ticket online in advance, to beat the queue. Buy either a solo ticket or a combo ticket which covers Acropolis plus other historical sights of Athens

The visit to the Acropolis would take one and a half to two hours. Amazing to think how the Greek built a city on a hill, with such imposing structures with huge columns and beams, centuries ago
Written 25 February 2020
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tessa
Tempe, AZ168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
So worth every dollar, no matter what age. Here are some tips from my experience.

1. Download the Rick Steves Free Audio Tour of the Acropolis on your phone before heading to the site. This was a perfectly paced walk through the site and so informative. Rick Steve’s tours are far and away the best. There is supposedly wifi at the site, but it doesn’t work so don’t rely on that to stream.
3. Allow at least 20 minutes of walking time to just get to the ticket booth.
2. Either wake up REALLLLLY early and be in line to buy tix/enter the park at 8am EXACTLY, or go for the last two hours that the site is open. End of day is probably best because the site starts getting super crowded by 9am-9:30am.
3. Be mindful of if there are performances at the Acropolis that night, in case the regular hours are changed and the park closes early. My brother went when he thought he had two hours to explore, but ended up only getting 20 minutes for this reason.
4. Make sure you have ID so that you can receive a discounted ticket, if you qualify.
5. West shoes with grip…it’s slippery up there!
6. I would even recommend going alone or exploring somewhat alone to really take in the incredible nature of this site. I was really glad about this part of my visit.

Enjoy!
Written 18 June 2022
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A_Amri
Manama, Bahrain115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
What an amazing part of history! I suggest really researching it before visiting to really appreciate it, otherwise you can always follow a tour guide. It is quite a walk up, so be prepared and wear comfortable shoes and take plenty of water. It makes a big difference if you go off season or early enough to beat the crowds.
Written 20 June 2020
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In-Yong H
London, UK658 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
We felt very privileged to be here when there really weren't many people due to the ongoing Covid situation. We visited early afternoon, which in any other year would have meant long queues and sharing the site with many other people. Instead, it felt pretty quiet, and you could really take your time over it. It was extremely hot, and there is not much shade at the top, so please bring a hat and a water bottle (there is a drinking fountain where you can refill). The scale of the whole site (not just the Parthenon) is very impressive and there is really detailed information boards through the place to tell you about the history. The views of the city is amazing too. If you plan to be in Athens for a few days, definitely get the €30 combo ticket which also gives you access to loads of other historical sites.
Written 17 August 2020
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Connor G
Belfast, UK35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
Looking at the acropolis from a distance you can see it’s significance towering over the city of Athens with the national flag blowing in the breeze. When you make the slightly sweaty climb to the top it’s worth every step. We bought our entrance tickets in advance from the Tiqets app for skip the queue, scanning and walking right through no problem. The acropolis area is epic with panoramic views of Athens. I would highly recommend downloading Ricks Steve’s audio Europe tour for free. This way we could walk around the various structures picking up some facts along the way. FYI the frozen lemonade as you head towards the exit may be 5 euros but helps to cool down before making a much easier decline back into the shaded streets of Athens. Enjoy your trip, it’s a must for taking in the city and Greek history.
Written 21 June 2022
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