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Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real de Madrid) Tours and Activities

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Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real de Madrid)
Madrid's Royal Palace (also known as the Palacio Real or Palacio de Oriente) is a beautiful baroque structure with some 3,000 rooms, making it one of Europe's largest castles. Although the royal family no longer lives here, the Palacio Real still serves as the king and queen's official residence, a venue for state ceremonies, and a place for tourists to get a peek into the royal history of Spain.

The Basics
The Royal Palace of Madrid is open daily, and citizens of the EU enjoy free admission, while other visitors pay a small fee to go inside. Travelers can explore independently, hire a tour guide, or rent an audio guide upon arrival; some opt to book a guided tour in advance. For a truly royal experience, you can secure exclusive early access before the palace opens.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Royal history buffs and art historians rejoice—you'll get to visit the Throne Room, see a variety of Goya paintings, and more.
  • Ticket lines can take a while, so book a skip-the-line ticket to avoid a long wait.
  • The palace is generally accessible for travelers with disabilities, and wheelchairs are available.
  • The nearby Royal Pharmacy (Farmacia Real) and Royal Armory (Armería Real) are included in your palace entry ticket.

How to Get to Madrid's Royal Palace
The Royal Palace is conveniently located on Bailén Street (Calle de Bailén) in downtown Madrid near many other must-see attractions. It's an easy walk from Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol, and there are also a number of Metro stations, bus lines, and train stops nearby.

When to Get There
You can visit the palace year round, but be sure to check the schedule for closures and reduced hours during some public holidays. The Changing of the Guard is held every Wednesday except in July through September, during official events, and when weather doesn't permit. As at most attractions in Madrid, crowds are bigger and lines are longer in the peak summer months.

Other Sights to See Near the Royal Palace
There's a lot to see beyond the palace walls, so be sure to carve out a few hours to see the rest of the area. Just across the courtyard from the Royal Armory is the Almudena Cathedral, and beyond the gates are the free Campo del Moro gardens and Sabatini Gardens. And in front of the palace lies the Plaza de Oriente, a great place to stop at a café for a coffee or snack with a view of the royal residence.
Address: Calle de Bailén, Madrid, Community of Madrid 28071, Spain
Admission: Varies
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Royal Palace of Madrid Fast Track Tickets

Royal Palace of Madrid Fast Track Tickets

Explore inside Europe's biggest royal palace and the official home of Spain's royalty, with this fast-track ticket Marvel at timeless paintings by master artists and visit elegant rooms like the Royal Armory and the Crown Room.
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Royal Palace Skip-the-Line Ticket and Guided Tour in Madrid

Royal Palace Skip-the-Line Ticket and Guided Tour in Madrid

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The official residence of the Spanish royal family is considered one of the most magnificent palaces in the world and the largest in Western Europe. The palace has thousands of rooms and interesting history as it resides where the Islamic fortress once stood, from the days when the Moor’s ran the city before returning to Christian control. Inside the palace, you will feel like a king or queen for a day as we wander through the dozens of rooms adorned with valuable artifacts, embroidered wallpapers, tapestries, and hundreds of works of art in the exhibition spaces. If you were wondering what it feels like to have blue blood, join us on a magical journey, and together we will get a glimpse into a life that once millions have dreamed of.
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Skip-The-Line Early Entrance Tour of the Royal Palace of Madrid

Skip-The-Line Early Entrance Tour of the Royal Palace of Madrid

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Discover the grandiose Royal Palace of Madrid with special early access and a guided tour. For a glimpse of the palace at its most spectacular, arrive before the doors open to the public, then learn the secrets of the enormous palace, whose 2,800 rooms overflow with masterpiece artwork, period décor, and architectural detail. This Royal Palace tour includes skip-the-line early admission tickets to the Royal Palace.
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Madrid Walking Tour at Night with Optional Flamenco Show

Madrid Walking Tour at Night with Optional Flamenco Show

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The sun that constantly shines on Madrid can make daytime exploring an exhausting endeavor. This 4-hour evening tour allows you to stay cool and see Madrid’s sights illuminated by night. Tick off highlights such as the Royal Palace (Palacio Real), Plaza Mayor and Gran Via, and receive recommendations for popular nightlife destinations. Small-group tour, limited to 15 people.
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  • 4 hours
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Early Access to Royal Palace of Madrid

Early Access to Royal Palace of Madrid

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Beat the crowds with this tour of the Royal Palace of Madrid before public opening hours. Breeze in and follow your guide through parts of the "Palacio de Oriente" that most visitors don't get to see. Marvel at the collection of weapons in the Royal Armory, take in the Throne Room, and more. Along the way, learn about the history of the Spanish royal family through your guide's engaging narrative.
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Highlights of Madrid by Bike

Highlights of Madrid by Bike

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Admire the spectacular sights of Spain’s vibrant capital on a bicycle tour of Madrid. With a knowledgeable guide, cycle at a leisurely pace to important monuments like Plaza Mayor and the Royal Palace of Madrid. Stop intermittently to listen to illuminating commentary from your expert guide, and to capture photographs of Madrid’s historical and architectural highlights. All safety equipment is included on this tour.
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Madrid Historical Walking Tour with Food Tasting and Dinner

Madrid Historical Walking Tour with Food Tasting and Dinner

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Experience the unique flavor and culture of the Spanish capital on a history and tapas walking tour in Madrid, including dinner. Stroll through the atmospheric streets of the old city center while your guide illuminates the many-layered history of sights like Plaza Mayor and the Royal Palace. Along the way, stop at several authentic tapas bars, to feast like a local on an array of traditional appetizer-sized dishes paired with Spanish wine, sangria, and typical liquors.
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Royal Palace Madrid Afternoon Guided Tour

Royal Palace Madrid Afternoon Guided Tour

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Madrid’s daytime temperatures have been known to reach scorching heights. Escape the daytime heat and cool off in the opulent chambers of the Royal Palace (Palacio Real) on a guided walking tour of the structure’s highlights. Ideal for history and culture buffs, this tour covers the official lounges, royal armouries, and the grounds of Campo del Moro, and offers insight into the history of the Royal Palace.
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Madrid Custom Private Tour with Optional Prado Museum Skip the Line Ticket

Madrid Custom Private Tour with Optional Prado Museum Skip the Line Ticket

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Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and intriguing history of Spain’s spectacular capital on a half- or full-day walking tour of Madrid with an accomplished private guide. Inform your guide of your interests prior to your tour then enjoy a customized itinerary that promises to satisfy all cultural cravings. Enjoy complimentary public transport and pre-planned logistics as you discover significant sights such as the Prado Museum and the Royal Palace of Madrid whiles listening to commentary tailored to your interests.
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Madrid City Sightseeing and Skip the Line Royal Palace Guided Tour

Madrid City Sightseeing and Skip the Line Royal Palace Guided Tour

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Immerse yourself in Madrid's history as you explore the city's most important sites and Royal Palace. Get the story behind the city's architectural history, following its evolution from "Moorish Madrid" into the Habsburg and Bourbon periods. Then skip the long lines and visit the Spanish Royal Palace, seeing the royal collections and admiring its Baroque details. This Madrid sightseeing tour includes all entrance fees
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Royal Palace of Madrid 1.5-Hour Guided Tour Optional Prado Museum Combo

Royal Palace of Madrid 1.5-Hour Guided Tour Optional Prado Museum Combo

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With over 3,000 rooms and a veritable museum worth's of paintings by the likes of Caravaggio and Velazquez, the Royal Palace of Madrid greets its visitors with nothing short of splendor. See where the kings of Spain once lived on this guided tour of the Royal Palace, which provides insightful commentary into the history and significance of this must-see Madrid attraction.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Madrid Royal Palace Expert Guided Tour with skip-the-line access

Madrid Royal Palace Expert Guided Tour with skip-the-line access

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The magnificent Royal Palace of Madrid is one of the official residences of the King of Spain and one of Madrid’s most popular attractions. On this skip-the-line tour, avoid the queues which can take over an hour at peak times, and gain extra insight into the Spanish royal family on a guided tour. Visit the Throne Room, Hall of Mirrors, and Banquet Hall; peek into the Royal Apartments; then stroll around the beautiful palace gardens.
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Madrid Highlights & Hidden Gems Private Tour

Madrid Highlights & Hidden Gems Private Tour

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Experience the highlights and hidden gems of the Spanish capital on this private tour. Accompanied by your private guide, visit memorable landmarks such as Plaza Mayor, the Prado Museum, and the Royal Palace; escape the crowds to explore Park Emir Mohamed I and Retiro Park and more. As this is a private tour, you can explore at your own pace and spend as long as you want taking photos.
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Hapsburgs Madrid and Royal Palace Guided Tour

Hapsburgs Madrid and Royal Palace Guided Tour

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See the sights of Spain’s vibrant capital on a walking tour of Madrid. Avoid the crowds with skip-the-line entry to the Royal Palace and listen as your guide offers fascinating insight into the history of the city. See almost every major site in Madrid's beautiful city center and receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, with numbers limited to 12 people.
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Madrid Royal Palace Private Tour with Skip-the-line Ticket

Madrid Royal Palace Private Tour with Skip-the-line Ticket

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Explore the Madrid Royal Palace with a private guide during this walking tour. Skip the line for quick entry into the palace, once the official residence of the Spanish Royal family. Learn about the architecture and history of Palacio de Oriente as you move through official lounges and reception halls where ceremonies and events are held today.
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Expert tour of Madrid by electric tuk-tuk

Expert tour of Madrid by electric tuk-tuk

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Discover Madrid in the most comfortable and fun way with this 180-minute tour in Eco Tuk Tuk. Do not leave anything to see in the big city, meet Madrid in a single trip of a lifetime and also the most modern and commercial. Ask our guides to explain the city to you and to take the best photographs you will take on the trip. Make your stay in Madrid an unforgettable experience and take a great memory of this wonderful city! We comply with the measures to reduce contagion by the Spanish Ministry of Health's COVID19 for guides and means of transportation. * Note: in winter tuk-tuk have protective layers against rain and wind. They also have blankets so that our clients do not get cold.
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Skip-the-Line Palacio Real de Madrid Guided Palace Tour - Private Tour

Skip-the-Line Palacio Real de Madrid Guided Palace Tour - Private Tour

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Skip the lines and see the exquisite Royal Palace at your own pace on this private, guided tour of the biggest royal residence in Europe. The official home of Spain’s kings, this palace in the city contains 3,000 preserved rooms, works of art, the royal chapel, and string instruments made by Antonio Stradivari. Follow your guide up the 70-step main staircase and discover what’s inside.
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Madrid, Andalusia and the Mediterranean Coast with Barcelona - 9 Day Tour

Madrid, Andalusia and the Mediterranean Coast with Barcelona - 9 Day Tour

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Discover the best of Spain on this 9-day tour from Madrid. With an expert guide, visit must-see Spanish cities, with guided sightseeing and free time in each to explore independently. Experience the delights of Madrid, see Cordoba’s Great Mosque, explore charm-laden Seville, and visit Granada’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Alhambra Palace and Generalife. Then, finish your Spain itinerary with time in Valencia and beautiful, buzzing Barcelona. 3- or 4-star hotel accommodation, daily breakfasts and air-conditioned coach transport are included, making this Spain vacation itinerary one of the most comprehensive available.
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Half-Day Madrid History and Legends Private Walking Tour

Half-Day Madrid History and Legends Private Walking Tour

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See Madrid like an insider on this private 4-hour walking tour led by a knowledgeable local guide. The tour can be customized to suit your interests, whether you want to check out the city’s arts scene, see the most famous landmarks, get the inside scoop on the best places to dine or delve into the Spanish capital’s fascinating history. Enjoy the undivided attention of your guide, and recharge like a true Madrileño with a stop for drinks and tapas.
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8-Day Spain Tour from Madrid: Cordoba, Seville, Ronda, Costa del Sol, Granada and Toledo

8-Day Spain Tour from Madrid: Cordoba, Seville, Ronda, Costa del Sol, Granada and Toledo

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Enhance your sightseeing experience of Spain’s rich Andalusia region and the medieval city of Toledo on an 8-day tour of Spain from Madrid. Visit an impressive array of UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites as you explore the diverse country; delve into the richly decorated chambers of Granada’s Alhambra complex on a guided tour; relish the powdery sands of the Costa del Sol’s beaches; and observe a cosmopolitan combination of cultures in Toledo, a medieval walled city boasting a remarkable architectural tableau. Stay in 3- or 4-star accommodation for seven nights and enjoy informative guided tours and transportation by luxury coach.
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Sunset in Madrid by segway

Sunset in Madrid by segway

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Be enchanted by the magic of Madrid on a Segway tour of the city by night. Follow a knowledgeable guide as you explore illuminated landmarks and nascent neighborhoods under the balmy cover of darkness; steer you self-balancing Segway to alluring attractions like Teatro Real, Plaza de Oriente and the Royal Palace of Madrid and gain a unique perspective of the luminescent landmarks. Feel the vibrancy of Madrid’s nightlife as you explore in a small group limited to only eight people.
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Private Guided Segway Tour with Flexible Duration in Madrid

Private Guided Segway Tour with Flexible Duration in Madrid

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Go sightseeing in Madrid on a Segway, the personal transportation device that provides a fun ride. Stop outside the Almudena Cathedral and the Royal Palace of Madrid, and see the Temple of Debod — an ancient Egyptian temple in downtown Madrid. Roll through vibrant cultural hubs such as Plaza de Isabel II (Opera Square), Plaza Mayor, Plaza de Santa Ana, and Puerta del Sol. Choose from a one-, two- or three-hour private tour led by a knowledgeable guide who provides full instruction on Segway operations; no prior experience is needed.
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VIP Royal Palace Madrid

VIP Royal Palace Madrid

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Discover the Royal Palace of Madrid, official residence of the Kings of Spain, and through its more than 3000 rooms. At present, it is still the place of receptions and official acts by the Royal Family. Surprise yourself with the most important collection of musical instruments in Europe, its large tapestries, its refined glassware, its wonderful crockery. Your military museum. If you go to Madrid, you can not stop visiting the only real palace that can be visited in Europe. A magnificent VIP tour where you can feel the guests of the Spanish Monarchs and discover the history of Spain through its royal palace.
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Madrid Royal Palace 90-Minute Guided Group Tour

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Madrid Royal Palace 90-Minute Guided Group Tour

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Go behind-the-scenes and tour the official residence of Spanish royalty. The Royal Palace has 3,000 rooms, so you’ll save time researching where to find highlights by having a guide to show you around. Your guide will enhance your tour by telling you stories about Spain’s royalty, and pointing out highlights such as the Royal Pharmacy, and Royal Chapel. Admission is included, which will save you time waiting in visitor lines.
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Madrid Panoramic Tour with Royal Palace Entrance Ticket

Madrid Panoramic Tour with Royal Palace Entrance Ticket

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Discover the spectacular sights of Spain’s vibrant capital on a 2.5-hour coach tour of Madrid. From the comfort of a luxury coach, gaze at arresting landmarks like Real Madrid football stadium, Calle Mayor and Palacio de la Zarzuela, the largest palace in Europe. Stop at the Hard Rock Café for a refreshing beverage and gain valuable insight into the rich history and culture of Madrid from your expert guide.
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  • 5 hours
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Madrid Royal Palace and Retiro Park Guided Tour with Optional Tapas Tasting

Madrid Royal Palace and Retiro Park Guided Tour with Optional Tapas Tasting

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Experience Madrid’s Royal Palace and Gardens and El Retiro Park with an affordable package that combines all-access admission with an informative tour by an expert guide. Explore the Palace’s various rooms—including Throne Room, the Hall of Mirrors, and the Banquet Hall—and see paintings by Spanish masters. Then, head to the sprawling central park of Madrid, El Retiro, for a leisurely tour of its expansive grounds.
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  • 4 hours
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