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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

Excellent & Engaging for us & our kids though weather was not good

Despite the windy, chilly conditions, Alexandra somehow made our 'Acropolis, Museum, Plaka & Food tour' very enjoyable. Our 14 & 7 years old kids were enthralled with her ability to relate historical events in a manner that grasped the imagination of our children. She graciously accommodated our coffee & chat breaks with many questions covering history & local culture as well as unscheduled pit-stops to ensure we derived the best possible experience from out limited time in Athens.

Excellent tour and amazing guide! Felt the Greek warmth,rich cultu

Angeliki is an amazing guide,her stories and knowledge,picture aids gave me an amazing perspective and understanding of the monuments,artifacts we were witnessing. The 5 hour walk was full of awe and highlight of my Athens visit.This tour will be a very good start of your Athens trip.

Athens, Acropolis & Museum Tour without Tickets Reviewed by Priyanka, 03/04/2019

Superb - an enjoyable and informative day out

We really enjoyed booking this tour. The location was fantastic but the guide helped to bring it alive with his facts and guidance throughout the tour. Well organised and highly recommended to all.

An excellent and engaging introduction to the Acropolis.

Katherina was a wonderful guide, able to make the history of the Acropolis come alive. This was a very worthwhile tour.

Kind and knowledgeable guide was a joy to tour with.

Guide picked us up on time from curb on busy Athens street and provided comfortable transportation to wonderful sites. He knew the area well and gave us a real sense of the ancient and modern culture. Would recommend to all interested.

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