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Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real de Madrid)
Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real de Madrid)

Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real de Madrid)

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4,102 Reviews
Calle de Bailén, Madrid, 28071

The Basics

The Royal Palace of Madrid is open daily, and citizens of the EU enjoy free admission, while other visitors pay a small fee to go inside. Travelers can explore independently, hire a tour guide, or rent an audio guide upon arrival; some opt to book a guided tour in advance. For a truly royal experience, you can secure exclusive early access before the palace opens.

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Royal Palace of Madrid Early Access in a Small Group
Royal Palace of Madrid Early Access in a Small Group
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$34.00 per adult
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Royal Palace Madrid - exceptional
Stefanie was absolutely amazing. She was organized, very knowledgeable and had a wonderful personality. The tour from booking to completion was seamless and we recommend it strongly. Thank you Stefanie.
MICHAEL_G, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Madrid

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The way to see the Palace
Elisabeth, Sep 2021
Royal Palace Skip-the-Line Ticket and Guided Tour in Madrid
This is a wonderful way to see the Royal Palace. The pace is just about right and the information provided is broad but not overwhelming. The only real wait is waiting to get through the security check. The guide was easy to find (sitting next to the entrance holding the operator's name on a sign) and the tour runs smoothly.
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Stefi was one of the best...
seancmolloy, Sep 2021
Royal Palace Madrid - Skip the Line - 6 people per tour maximum
Stefi was one of the best guides ever. She is a gifted art historian and a font of knowledge about Spanish history. This was an amazing experience and I highly recommend it.
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Great Tour
Tina_R, Sep 2021
Royal Palace of Madrid Early Access in a Small Group
Jose was a wonderful and very informative guide. We really enjoyed his narration during the Royal Palace tour. He was so kind to answer all of our questions.
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Excellent
Gilmer_H, Aug 2021
Royal Palace of Madrid Early Access in a Small Group
Barbara was tour guide. She gave the tour in Spanish but translated in English whenever we needed it (we speak Spanish too).
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Simply one of the most informative and thorough tours I've ever taken!
stanford, Aug 2021
El Prado Museum and Madrid Royal Palace Guided Tour (tickets included)
Wow... our tour guide was so passionate and knowledgeable about the Prado, the Palace and all of the major highlights of Madrid! He was absolutely Exceptional!!! One of the most informative and thoroughly enjoyable tours I"ve ever taken! He even gave us an amazing walking tour filled with a full narrative of all of the areas between the prado and the palace! Absolutely EXCEPTIONAL EXPERIENCE!! Our tour guide... he knew his facts about Madrid like an Encyclopedia!!
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Informative and kind tour guide!
SED, Aug 2021
Madrid Royal Palace Expert Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Access
David was so knowledgeable and EXCITED about the history of the Royal Palace. He was thorough (yet didn't drag on) and was able to answer all questions. Highly recommend this tour! We do not feel that we would have gotten all the details he shared if we went on our own / used the audio guide from the palace.
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Highly Recommended Tour
Betina_T, Jul 2021
Skip-The-Line Early Entrance Tour of the Royal Palace of Madrid
Excellent tour guide very knowledgeable of the history. The palace is beautiful and rich with history. A must see when visiting Madrid
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Amazing tour!
Maria_L, Jul 2021
El Prado Museum and Madrid Royal Palace Guided Tour (tickets included)
The tour guides very knowledgeable!!! They answered all the questions that we had. They were great !
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Great Palace Tour...highly enjoyed it!
William_P, Sep 2021
Madrid Royal Palace Private Tour with Skip-the-line Ticket
This tour was fantastic. Our guide was knowledgeable and made the visit really interesting. This was worth doing for sure. We did a self guided tour two years ago and this tour was so much better, and we learned a ton. The guide knew his stuff and kept it interesting. Truly five stars and really worth doing. I found the value great. The only improvement is the meeting place for the tour, it is clearly stated, but if you put it into Google Maps, it shows on the wrong side of the Opera building. Not a big deal, and not the tour operator's fault, as Google shows it incorrectly. The right place to meet is the statue by the Metro station, in front of the Opera (far side of Palace). Again, great tour, and well worth it.
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Madrid tour
Rach, Mar 2020
Skip-the-line Madrid Royal Palace with tapas tasting & Retiro Park
David was lovely even speaking in two languages. Helpful and informative on the buildings and sculpture details, including the oldest tree in the park. And the tapas was a nice addition to the tour.
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MUST DO!!
Kelli_M, Mar 2020
Skip-The-Line Early Entrance Tour of the Royal Palace of Madrid
We had such a great tour! This palace was SPECTACULAR!!!! Our guide was very knowledgable, very easy to understand and full of great information.
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Valentines Day in Spain
jrapassoc, Feb 2020
Hapsburgs Madrid and Royal Palace Guided Tour
Our tour guide Beatrice was great, on time and very knowledgeable, The Royal Palace was beautiful and great views of Madrid from the courtyard.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Royal history buffs and art historians rejoice—you'll get to visit the Throne Room, see a variety of Goya paintings, and more.

  • Ticket lines can take a while, so book a skip-the-line ticket to avoid a long wait.

  • The palace is generally accessible for travelers with disabilities, and wheelchairs are available.

  • The nearby Royal Pharmacy (Farmacia Real) and Royal Armory (Armería Real) are included in your palace entry ticket.

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How to Get to Madrid's Royal Palace

The Royal Palace is conveniently located on Bailén Street (Calle de Bailén) in downtown Madrid near many other must-see attractions. It's an easy walk from Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol, and there are also a number of Metro stations, bus lines, and train stops nearby.

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When to Get There

You can visit the palace year round, but be sure to check the schedule for closures and reduced hours during some public holidays. The Changing of the Guard is held every Wednesday except in July through September, during official events, and when weather doesn't permit. As at most attractions in Madrid, crowds are bigger and lines are longer in the peak summer months.

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Other Sights to See Near the Royal Palace

There's a lot to see beyond the palace walls, so be sure to carve out a few hours to see the rest of the area. Just across the courtyard from the Royal Armory is the Almudena Cathedral, and beyond the gates are the free Campo del Moro gardens and Sabatini Gardens. And in front of the palace lies the Plaza de Oriente, a great place to stop at a café for a coffee or snack with a view of the royal residence.

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