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Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real de Madrid)
Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real de Madrid)

Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real de Madrid)

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3,653 Reviews
Calle de Bailén, Madrid, 28071

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.

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Early Access to Royal Palace of Madrid

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Early Access to Royal Palace of Madrid
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$32.00 per adult
GREAT tour of the Palace!
We really enjoyed our tour of The Palace with Khan. He was AWESOME! He was super entertaining. It was excellent! We highly recommend it!
Lauri_H, Feb 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Madrid

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Madrid tour
Rach, Mar 2020
Skip-the-line Madrid Royal Palace with tapas tasting & Retiro Park
David was lovely even speaking in two languages. Helpful and informative on the buildings and sculpture details, including the oldest tree in the park. And the tapas was a nice addition to the tour.
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MUST DO!!
Kelli_M, Mar 2020
Skip-The-Line Early Entrance Tour of the Royal Palace of Madrid
We had such a great tour! This palace was SPECTACULAR!!!! Our guide was very knowledgable, very easy to understand and full of great information.
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The tour guide
Dominique, Mar 2020
Skip-The-Line Early Entrance Tour of the Royal Palace of Madrid
The tour guide was very nice and knowledgeable. She made sure we saw almost everything. If we had more time she would have showed us more. I could tell she really loves what she does. She had no issue stopping and answering questions either.
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Valentines Day in Spain
jrapassoc, Feb 2020
Hapsburgs Madrid and Royal Palace Guided Tour
Our tour guide Beatrice was great, on time and very knowledgeable, The Royal Palace was beautiful and great views of Madrid from the courtyard.
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In City Location was unique
szanamarr, Feb 2020
Madrid Royal Palace 90-Minute Guided Group Tour
Good tour of Palace. Very similar to any type of tour of a Royal Palace/Castle. Cool that the location is in the city, so that makes it easier and more fun.
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A Royal Experience ever!
suneethachowdary, Feb 2020
VIP Royal Palace Madrid
Ismail is a very kind, soft & pleasant guide. He made our tour easy smooth by briefing us on the details of the palace!
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Ivan the Great (Tour Guide)
nhaley2648, Jan 2020
Madrid Royal Palace Expert Guided Tour with skip-the-line access
Ivan was the best! Gave in in-depth history of the Royal Palace and all of its inhabitants thru the centuries. Not only was he knowledgeable, but also very friendly and extremely courteous. We were very lucky to have Ivan as our tour guide.
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Alone in the Royal Palace
Katie_G, Feb 2020
Skip-The-Line Early Entrance Tour of the Royal Palace of Madrid
Very nice. Guide full of good stories and anecdotes. Only five of us on tour. And REALLY lovely having the palace to ourselves !! Which we did! Essentially NO other people touring when we were.
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Great private guide
danadeblasi, Jan 2020
Madrid Royal Palace Private Tour with Skip-the-line Ticket
Our private tour was terrific and engaged our teens. They really appreciated the story telling. Others should be happy to have her.
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Great experience!
abacus36, Dec 2019
Early Access to Royal Palace of Madrid
Wonderful to have early access. No crowds, and the guide was very interesting, and gave us some tips on other places to go after the tour was over.
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Good Tour
Trek777776, Nov 2019
Madrid Royal Palace Expert Guided Tour with skip-the-line access
Tour was about as expected. Palace does not allow visitors to take pictures, but that is not unique to this tour.
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Great tour
Rocco_S, Feb 2020
Skip-The-Line Early Entrance Tour of the Royal Palace of Madrid
Nice tour well informed and very beautiful worth it wish they would have been an all English speaking guide instead of 3 languages but it was good must get headsets

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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