Enjoy a 90-minute tour with a local guide through the Royal Palace Madrid, the official residence of the kings of Spain. Marvel at the main staircase…
Journey through the history of the Royal Palace of Madrid on a skip-the-line guided tour of the official residence of the kings of Spain. Marvel at…
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.…
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…
The show lasts for a little over an hour and has 9 artists: two leading male flamenco dancers, a leading female flamenco dancer, three flamenco…
Cycle the streets of Madrid on a gentle 3-hour bike tour of the historic city center from the Puerta del Sol area and discover the city center’s…
Enjoy a 4-hour guided coach tour of Madrid to see some of the city’s historic monuments and hidden locations, such as Alcala Gate and Retiro Park,…
Explore the historic sights of central Madrid during a 1.5-hour Segway Tour and then enjoy a mini tasting of Spanish Tapas with a drink in one of the…
Go beyond the elegant façade of the Royal Palace of Madrid and explore its glorious interiors with an official bilingual guide. Then, take a walking…
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 thereBus 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
We had a great time on the tour our guide was very knowledgeable and nice and the palace itself is stunning. It was great to be able to skip the long lines to visit the palace which is definitely worth visiting. I would recommend this tour.
We really enjoyed our tour. Wonderful setting, with lots of stories and background info. Would recommend to others. Better than an audio tour for sure!
Loved the convinence of this early admission tour. Our tour group of twelve were the first to be admitted before the rest of the crowds. Amazingly , we didn't see another soul until we exited the palace at the end of the tour. Our tour guide was informative and we couldn't have asked for more in terms of his knowledge and history of this grand estate. Hint.... book the tour on Wednesday morning and you'll end the admission with the spectacular changing of the guard at the front of the palace.
I tried this because I thought the kids would like it. We all LOVED it! And Madrid seems to be the perfect place for a Segway with it's wide open spaces. I highly, highly recommend this, whether or not you have kids.
Our guide Juan was exceptional in every aspect. This review comes from a professional tour guide.