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Royal Palace of Madrid: Top 5 surprising facts about Spain's royal family

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.

Royal Palace of Madrid facts: The beginning

Royal Palace of Madrid facts: The beginning

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 Great Monarchies

The Great Monarchies

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.

Royal Palace of Madrid Spain’s Last Resident

Royal Palace of Madrid Spain’s Last Resident

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.

Royal Spanish Wedding

Royal Spanish Wedding

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 Anthem

The Spanish Anthem

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.

Our insider tips

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.

What people are saying about Royal Palace of Madrid

Overall rating
4.4 / 5
based on 2,218 reviews

Good guide, but the two locations are quite far from each other

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 excellent! She was kind and very articulate!

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!

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

The tour was not hurried and excellently led and narrated.

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.

Madrid: Royal Palace Skip-the-Line Guided Tour Reviewed by

Great tour but too overcrowded to fully appreciate

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).

Madrid Royal Palace 90-Minute Guided Tour Reviewed by

Wonderful Madrid Palace and city tour!!!

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!

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