Enjoy an early access guided tour of the Royal Place in Madrid with a walk from Plaza de Isabel II. Visit the Private Royal Apartments and Royal…
Take a 1.5-hour guided tour of the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family and marvel at the opulent interiors of the Royal Palace of Madrid.…
Explore the Royal Palace of Madrid on a 1.5-hour guided tour. Discover the most sumptuous rooms and hear about curiosities of the Spanish monarchy.
Skip the lines to the former official residence of the Spanish Royal Family with an entrance ticket to the Royal Palace of Madrid. See historic rooms…
Enjoy a 1.5-hour tour with a local guide through the Royal Palace Madrid, the official residence of the kings of Spain. Marvel at the main staircase…
The best way to visit the interiors of the Royal Palace of Madrid is undoubtedly with an expert tour guide who will tell you about the history and…
Journey through the history of the Royal Palace of Madrid on an early exclusive access tour and enjoy the typical Spanish Cuisine with a tapas…
Discover the history of Madrid from the comfort of a buggy. Drive through the growing center to the quiet outskirts of the city. Visit some of the…
Admire the most impressive monument in Madrid on this 90-minute guided tour of the Royal Palace. Marvel at the splendor of one of Europe’s…
Top sights in Madrid
Royal Palace of Madrid architecture may not seem as impressive as Versailles from the outside, but the opulence of the interior and the Royal Palace of Madrid history will blow you away. Another bonus: So much more of this palace is open to explore freely.
The Spanish Empire’s control of Europe ended with the Battle of Rocroi in 1643, nearly a century before the Royal Palace of Madrid was built.
The Royal Family has roots in both French and British monarchies, with the House of Bourbon in the seat since 1700 and today’s King and Queen being descendants of Queen Victoria.
The last monarch to live in the Royal Palace of Madrid was Alfonso XIII, who ruled throughout WWI, the Rif War in Morocco and the Spanish Civil War.
On May 22, 2004 the Crown Prince Felipe married former news anchor Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano. It was the first true royal Spanish wedding for a century.
The Spanish national anthem is one that won’t inspire singing. Why? It has no lyrics. In 2008 a public contest was proposed for official lyrics, but no one agreed on the issue.
Entrance to the Royal Palace is free on Wednesdays. This means that it’s more crowded, but maybe you’ll buy one of the highly recommended guided tours without paying the entry fee. Another advantage of visiting on Wednesday is that the Changing of the Guard takes place across the street every half hour during the morning. If you’re lucky enough to visit on the first Wednesday of the month, except in summers, you’ll find 450 soldiers in parade.
The guided tour is fantastic for learning more Royal Palace of Madrid history—you can even go back and walk through the halls on your own afterwards. The Royal Armory, the Royal Pharmacy and the Paintings Gallery are all different tickets, too. Don’t skip the Royal Armory, its collection is one of the best in the world.
- When should I visit?
- Open daily October to March, 10:00AM to 6:00PM, April to September, 10:00AM to 8:00PM.
- Is it expensive?
- Standard adult tickets start at 10€ and continue upwards with perks, tours and additional packages.
- Will I need a guide?
- A guide is definitely worth it. Not only will you learn about the city, you'll learn a lot of great historical facts.
- How to get there
- Bus lines 3, 25, 39 and 148 all stop near the palace, or take underground lines 2 or 5 to the Opera Station.
- Additional information
- Check online for updates on certain areas that may be undergoing renovations and are therefore closed.
What people are saying about Royal Palace of Madrid
The visit to the palace was very good. Our guide was knowledgeable and spoke good English (not to be taken for granted in Madrid). The only issue is that the Retiro park is quite far from the palace and the connection between the two was supposed to be on foot. We were blessed with beautiful weather, so for us the walk was very pleasant -- but I cannot imagine what would happen if it would be raining... It would be good to warn people on the tour description... Finally: we had booked the tapas upgrade. It turned out that we were supposed to have it between the palace visit and the park visit! So this would imply that the others (guide and one more tour participant) would have to wait for us while we would be eating. We asked that this be rescheduled so we would go to the tapas bar after the park visit. The guide arranged this. But, again, please warn people about this aspect of the tour!
Our guide was exceptional! She provided just the right amount of information without overwhelming us with details. The meeting location was easy to find and I tour guide was easily identified near the metro stop. She took her time and did not rush us through the spaces outside we discussed or the various rooms in the palace. She spoke excellent English and provided us with a great experience. I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Madrid!
Our tour was the first of the day and we had the palace virtually to ourselves for almost an hour. Our guide took full advantage of this and gave us a very complete and informative tour in a relaxed atmosphere. The guide was very knowledgeable and was able to select the best topics on which to focus, unimpeded.
Our guide was superb and the commentary he gave was very informative, however their were far too many people in each room to fully appreciate the surroundings and exhibits (apparently this was because of the changing of the guard on that morning which meant an earlier tour was cancelled).
This tour was excellent and Sean our guide was an expert on both Spanish and Madrid history. He was very engaged and genuine in his pride and passion for his city and country. He even provided local restaurant recommendations per our request. Super nice tour!