Places to visit in Athens

Top Things to Do in Athens, Greece

Places to Visit in Athens

Here, history is everywhere. Explore ancient ruins like the Acropolis and Parthenon. Hungry? Taste traditional Greek dishes in Plaka or on a food tour.

Book these experiences for a close-up look at Athens.

From quick jaunts to full-day outings.

Top Attractions in Athens

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What travellers are saying

  • Maud
    24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    As everyone else says and for all the reasons they share, this is a must-see. And there are some hard historical lessons to be learned (or clearly not by some states/people) from how the Parthenon got to be in the state it is today, and how we all lose because of this.

    Here are some visitor tips, as I was confused about what tickets to buy and where to queue etc:

    First, the new Acropolis museum is separate and accessed separately from the Acropolis (and the Parthenon at the top). It is well worth a visit first before you go up the Acropolis. You can buy timed tickets for entry and we got in easily and quickly, after checking our rucksack at the mandatory, and free, cloakroom. There are some glass ceilings so skirts/dresses best avoided, seriously. You can spend as long as you need in here, a minimum of 1-1.5 hours to get a good feel for most of the exhibits. There was plenty of room for all visitors when we went around 1600. I read in some earlier reviews that some staff were gruff, but we found (in most of Athens) that if you speak to people kindly and graciously, they responded likewise. I would hope residents in all capital cities would do the same.

    After the visit, you can't help thinking that it's time the missing metopes currently in the British Museum were returned, whether on permanent loan or through some other agreement.

    We went to the actual Acropolis next, one entrance is very close, nearly opposite the Acropolis museum and had a shorter queue on the day we visited. There are two queues at this entrance, one to buy your tickets and a separate queue to get into/onto the Acropolis (this is easier to see without long lines of visitors). At around 1700 there were no queues so the advice to go early or late is sound. When we went to the other entrance earlier, around 1300, to check it out, the queue was crazy long - to the extent that an enterprising guide was offering half-price (€80 versus €180 I think I heard) tours of the Acropolis from >>outside<
    Written 22 April 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • eileth
    canada3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It is a good place to start when visiting Athens. It is located at the bottom of the Parthenon, making it easy to visit both sites one after the other.
    Written 22 April 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • jassijam39
    California City, CA7 contributions