Royal Palace, Madrid

A spectacular palace built from Spanish marble and surrounded by beautifully landscaped courtyards and gardens.

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Royal Palace of Madrid Fast-Access Ticket

1. Royal Palace of Madrid Fast-Access Ticket

Enjoy fast access to the Royal Palace of Madrid, the official residence of Spanish royalty. Enter through an express security check and explore one of the world’s largest palaces. Wander the corridors that have witnessed centuries of Spanish history. Admire the architecture and decoration of the salon rooms, including frescoes by famous artists. Enter the private apartments of monarchs, visit the throne room, and stroll through the banquet halls. Witness the Hall of Mirrors from the reign of Charles IV. See artworks by painters such as Caravaggio, Juan de Flandes, Francisco de Goya, and Velázquez. Visit the Royal Armory and discover its exhibits of porcelain, watches, furniture, silverware, and more. Explore the heritage of Spain’s monarchy at the Royal Palace.

Madrid: Royal Palace Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

2. Madrid: Royal Palace Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Embark on a guided 2-hour tour of Madrid's Royal Palace. Admire art pieces by Giordano and Goya while exploring the palace at a peaceful time of day alongside an expert guide with in-depth knowledge about the home to Spanish Royals past and present.  Start at the Opera Metro Station in Plaza de Isabel II, home to the Teatro Royal, where you will meet your guide. After a picturesque walk through Plaza de Oriente, enjoy skip-the-line privileges before entering the palace. Relish visits to the Throne Room, Banquet Hall, and Private Royal apartments. Be amazed as to how these rooms are brought to life in an engaging and fascinating way by your professional guide. Marvel at exclusive works of art by Giordano and Goya, as well as historical articles such as historic tapestries, suits of armor, and ornate swords. Take in in the building's 19th-century design and beautiful floral layout, which serves as an excellent backdrop for memorable photos. After the guided visit, feel free to take a relaxing stroll on your own through the Royal Gardens and visit other highlights such as the Royal Armory and Pharmacy.

Royal Palace of Madrid Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

3. Royal Palace of Madrid Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Explore the Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real de Madrid) with a licensed guide, and discover the former official residence of the Spanish Royal Family with your direct entry access. Also known as the "Palacio de Oriente" due to its close proximity to Plaza de Oriente on the east side of the palace, today the building is used exclusively for receptions, ceremonies, and official events. The Palace has an extensive collection of upholstery, porcelain, antique clocks, armor and works of art including paintings by Goya and Velázquez. You can also stroll through some of the private rooms where royalty lived, the throne room and the royal dining rooms, as well as the mirror room of Charles IV's reign. Admire the rich ornamentations of official rooms, each one revealing its own personality. Visiting the Royal Throne room, the Gala Dinner room and the Royal Chapel.

Madrid: City Tour by Electric Tuk-Tuk

4. Madrid: City Tour by Electric Tuk-Tuk

Embark on an electric tuk-tuk tour of Madrid and discover some of the main monuments of the city. Enjoy the perfect introduction to Madrid as your expert guide recommends places to visit during your stay. Admire the exterior of some of Madrid's most iconic landmarks including the Royal Palace, the Almudena Cathedral, and Plaza Mayor. Ride through the charming neighborhoods of Las Letras and Retiro and see the House of Cervantes and the Church of Los Jerónimos. See the Palacio de las Cortes, the Puerta de Alcalá, and the facades of the museums of Paseo del Prado. Explore the Salamanca neighborhood, ride through Plaza de Colón, and discover the National Library.

Madrid: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour of the Royal Palace

5. Madrid: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour of the Royal Palace

Skip the long lines to the Royal Palace of Madrid and learn the history of the Spanish monarchy on a guided tour. Hear how the palace has changed through time with informative observations from your expert guide. Discover an exquisite collection of tapestries, porcelain, antique clocks, armor and works of art from the royal collections, including paintings by Goya and Velázquez. Visit the private apartments, throne room and banquet halls, along with the Hall of Mirrors from the reign of Charles IV. Admire the Palatine Stradivarius collection of musical instruments and see the 19th-century English-style gardens and 2 neoclassical fountains. Discover the traditional tapas of Spain and experience the food culture of Madrid like a local, select the Tapas Tasting option. Following the tour of the Royal Palace, you will then walk through the city to one of the most important bars in Madrid. Spain is internationally renowned for its gastronomy and is proud of its rich culture and culinary history. Here your tour will finish, leaving you with the opportunity to walk through the center of Madrid.

Madrid: Flamenco Show at Corral de la Moreria

6. Madrid: Flamenco Show at Corral de la Moreria

Enjoy a flamenco show performed by 9 artists at the Corral de la Morería, the cathedral of flamenco in Spain. Sip on a drink during the show, or treat yourself to a gourmet 3-course dinner with drinks. The venue was opened in 1956 by Manuel del Rey and is the most well-known tablao flamenco in the world. Throughout its history, the Corral de la Morería has witnessed performances by some of the finest professionals of this discipline. The venue is located in Madrid’s historic center, next to the Royal Palace. Its decor recreates a setting reminiscent of the original tablao flamenco that will take you back in time. It is popular with many famous personalities, so don't be surprised if you’re seated next to a celebrity, a politician, or a royal. The menu is as follows: • Starter: Huerto Cordobes and Salmorejo Dip, or Smoked Cheesecake• Main: Roasted Pork Shoulder, Salmon with Vegetable Sauce, Lamb Rack, or Braised Veal Pie• Dessert: French Toast or Chocolate 1/2 bottle of wine per personMineral water

Skip-the-Line and Early-Entry Madrid Royal Palace Tour

7. Skip-the-Line and Early-Entry Madrid Royal Palace Tour

Madrid’s Royal Palace was built in the 18th century on the site of the Old Alcazar. With its Italian Baroque style, it is one of the most beautiful and best-preserved palaces in Europe and a symbol of the permanence of Madrid as the capital of the kingdom. You’ll enjoy skip-the-line access as well as early entry to this important monument for a 90-minute guided tour. The Palace was the official residence of the Spanish Monarchy from 1765 to 1931. Since that time the most important receptions of the Spanish Crown are still celebrated at the Palace. This includes royal audiences, dinner parties, the signing of agreements and the traditional ceremony of the presentation of credential letters of foreign ambassadors to His Majesty the King.

Madrid: Royal Palace Guided Tour with Skip-the-line Ticket

8. Madrid: Royal Palace Guided Tour with Skip-the-line Ticket

Get the most from your visit to the Royal Palace, by joining a tour conducted by a professional guide and skipping the long ticket lines. Learn about the building’s history and its large collection of artworks. A visit to the palace is a must for any visit to Madrid. The Royal Palace has a total area of 199,000 m² and consists of 3478 rooms, being the largest royal palace in Western Europe. It was ordered to be built by King Felipe V on the remains of the Royal Alcazar, which was destroyed by a fire in 1734. During this tour you will learn about the palace’s collection of musical instruments, among which the Stradivarius Palatinos is one of the most important. The Royal Palace hides many years of stories and secrets that the guide will tell you during this guided tour. You’ll also see many impressive paintings, sculptures and upholstery that have been well preserved.

Madrid: 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour

9. Madrid: 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour

Get a bike fitted to your size, meet your guide, and get ready to explore the sights and history of Madrid. Visit Retiro Park, a huge green area often referred to as "the lungs of Madrid." Venture into the Old Town where your guide will fascinate and entertain you with the interesting history of Madrid. Stop for a short break at a local market. Relax and enjoy the atmosphere or explore at your own pace. On the way back, ride through the amazing Las Letras neighborhood and the Paseo del Prado.

Madrid: El Prado Museum and the Royal Palace Walking Tour

10. Madrid: El Prado Museum and the Royal Palace Walking Tour

Explore the most emblematic attractions of Madrid throughout a guided walking tour. Begin with a skip-the-line guided tour inside the Prado Museum, which houses outstanding rooms and paintings, and has a special emphasis on the paintings that have changed the History of Art and became universal referents. Admire works of Murillo, Velázquez, Goya, Rubens, and Tiziano, among many others. You then continue with a 1.5-hour walking tour of the entire area between the Prado Museum and the Royal Palace. Accompanied by your guide, discover the essentials of the city, including the Fountain of Neptune, the Congress of Deputies, the house of Cervantes, and the Puerta del Sol. Finally, your tour concludes with a guided skip-the-line tour inside the Royal Palace, a building of gigantic dimensions that is bound to surprise you with its rich decoration and incredible rooms and lounges. This monument is considered a cultural reference for European monarchies, and is the perfect way to conclude your walking tour.

Frequently asked questions about Royal Palace, Madrid

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To enter Royal Palace, Madrid, you need to have a ticket or be part of a guided tour.

Planning Your Visit

  • Visit on a Wednesday—or don’t

    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.

  • Royal Palace of Madrid tickets

    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.

Good to know

  • 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.

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What people are saying about Royal Palace, Madrid

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 3,487 reviews

This tour is the only way to go for the Royal Palace. Our excellent guide, Rocia, provided so much history and context that we never would’ve understood or known just walking through on our own.

Benny was a great guide! Very informative about the Royal Palace and gave a lot of great insight about history in Madrid! Would recommend.

Recommend getting your ticket before you go, no waiting in line, big queue. Beautiful Palace, and very informative. Very well organised.

Very good tour. Benny our guide was awesome. Very friendly , enthusiastic and full of humor. Nice tour.

Rocio was the very best guide we have ever had! Knowledgeable, funny, and great English!!!