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Acropolis of Athens

The Acropolis was the center of Athenian culture and worship for millenia. As the heart of Western civilization, it's now one of the world's foremost heritage sites and an essential addition to any sightseer's bucket list. Here are a few reasons why.

Geology formed the foundations of Athenian culture

Geology formed the foundations of Athenian culture

The limestone hill's shallow caves and steep slopes provided prime Neolithic real estate, and its freshwater springs may have inspired the myth of Athena – a fertility goddess!

It was the center of government

It was the center of government

Acropolis means "highest point" and as the most fortified site, became the seat of Athenian kings until the realities of the republic pushed administrative buildings further out.

The original buildings were destroyed by Persians

The original buildings were destroyed by Persians

It had been a dedicated site of worship for just 30 years before being sacked by the Persians in 480BC. Afterwards, Pericles began a construction project that lasted 50 years!

It was in relatively good condition until 1687

It was in relatively good condition until 1687

The Parthenon was used as an Ottoman garrison from 1458. During the Morean War, Venetian artillery blew its gunpowder supply and significantly damaged the Acropolis' temples.

Restoration began in 1975

Restoration began in 1975

The archaeological site is still being partly restored, but you'll see the Parthenon, Erechtheion, Temple of Athena Nike, and the Propylaea gateway among the ruins on your tour!

Our insider tips

Booking tickets?

Admission prices begin at €12 (€6 concessions). Skip the lines by booking a tour in advance!

What are the opening times?

The Acropolis is open to visitors between 8:00AM and 8:00PM from April to October, and until 5:00PM from November to March.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open daily from 8:00AM to 8:00PM in the summer, until 5:00PM in the winter.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult admission tickets start at €12.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out these best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    The Acropolis is within walking distance from most hotels in city center!
  • Additional information

    • Wear comfortable walking shoes!

    • If you're visiting in the summer heat, dress accordingly and bring some water.

What people are saying about Acropolis of Athens

Overall rating
4.4 / 5
based on 7,082 reviews

We joined a tour of the acropolis with our three children (ages 10 - 13) as we thought we would get more out of it - and that was definitely true. Our guide gave us a really clear and comprehensive explanation of the history of Athens and the building of the acropolis complex which the children really enjoyed and which helped us make sense of what we saw during our Athens trip.

Athens: Acropolis Guided Tour with Entry Ticket Reviewed by

Tour fantastique. Visiter l'Acropole l'après-midi est une idée géniale car vous évitez les foules le matin et la chaleur. Est plus frais et léger est idéal pour prendre des photos. Notre guide parlait parfaitement le français et nous avons beaucoup appris. Sans un guide aurait été impossible de réaliser la gloire de l'Acropole. Beau, éducatif et confortable 2 heures.

Our guide was great, she answered all our questions with very informed answers. Took time for us to enjoy our visit and take photos of all the amazing sites. I do think your list of tours could be improved, it's hard to distinguish the difference between many of the Acropolis tours you offer. They seem the same but prices are different.

Athens: Acropolis Guided Tour with Entry Ticket Reviewed by

The guide (Kelly) was very good in telling the stories, which made the 4 hours pass by very quickly. I didn't want it to end. You do have to buy the entrance tickets to all the sites yourself (not included in the tour) which is 30 euros. So everything together it's almost 100 euros per person, which I think is quite expensive.

Athens Mythology Highlights Tour without Tickets Reviewed by

Great tour with outstanding guide Efi, explained a lot from all areas of life then and today, funny and serious, good mix of entertainment and know how. Even the kids (13 yrs and 16 yrs) liked the tour. (no waiting time and not a lot of people due to COVID, unfortunately for the Greek, good for us)

Athens: Acropolis and Acropolis Museum Guided Tour Reviewed by