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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)

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
Excellent tour!! Guide was very knowledgeable and addressed all questions. Definitely recommend! Thanks for a wonderful experience!
Grisel_P, Dec 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Madrid

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Huge and opulent palace
SyedFaisal_K, Jan 2022
Royal Palace of Madrid 1.5-Hour Guided Tour Optional Prado Museum Combo
The palace is one of the most fascinating buildings i have seen with over 500 years of history and different rooms displaying the tastes of different eras.
star-5
Impressive Spanish culture
natalie_r, Jan 2022
Royal Palace of Madrid 1.5-Hour Guided Tour Optional Prado Museum Combo
Excellent presentation by our guide! Such an impressive memory for our family (young adult ages)! European history is a rich experience to begin to understand the pride and interconnection of these nations.
star-5
More impressive than the Palace of Versailles
Lynne_M, Dec 2021
Royal Palace of Madrid Early Access in a Small Group
I enjoyed the tour, and saw things I would never have noticed on my own. It was absolutely beautiful and fascinating.
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5* Cristina López Guide
Robert_C, Dec 2021
Madrid Walking Tour and The Royal Palace with Skip the Line Tickets
Lovely afternoon in coversation with Cristina López walking the Royal Place and lunch after in English. Thank you Christina, not only an experienced guide but lovely person to spend time with
star-5
Great experience
Carole_H, Nov 2021
Madrid Walking Tour and The Royal Palace with Skip the Line Tickets
Great tour, walking the streets before arriving to the Royal Palace with the Guide was a bonus. Very informative and entertaining. She even gave us recommendations after the tour.
star-5
Excellent
Justin_C, Nov 2021
Royal Palace of Madrid Early Access in a Small Group
Excellent tour! Our guide was very knowledgeable and thorough. The perfect amount of time for a tour of the Palace. I would highly recommend.
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Wonderful Experience
Raphaelle_D, Nov 2021
El Prado Museum and Madrid Royal Palace Guided Tour (tickets included)
Fantastic tour with guide Marta. The highlight of the tour was that we were the only couple to book the combined Prado & palace option and got an excellent guided tour of part of the city from Marta while walking between the two.
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Quick palace tour
Ismail_R, Oct 2021
Royal Palace Madrid Afternoon Guided Tour in a Small Group
Good tour with guide Steffi. A pity we are not allowed to take pictures inside most of the rooms. A little rushed.
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The tour guide (Rocio)...
Nelson_P, Oct 2021
Madrid Royal Palace and Retiro Park Guided Tour with Optional Tapas Tasting
The tour guide (Rocio) was exceptional. She was on time at the meeting points, she used a funny, approachable, and professional manner to expose the knowledge and guide us during the whole tour. I really loved being in this group. I explored and discovered new things and felt very well guided by Rocio. The experience in Madrid with her was excellent.
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Spanish Versailles
Susan_U, Oct 2021
Madrid Royal Palace Expert Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Access
Our guide, Rocia, was wonderful. The palace is a must see experience. You tour through 25 rooms of the 3000 rooms in the palace, all of which are absolutely beautiful and lavish. It is a Spanish version of Versailles within, as there are no gardens. The tour lasts 2 hours, which is just right.
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Stunning Palace!
Susan_G, Oct 2021
Royal Palace Madrid - Skip the Line - 6 people per tour maximum
Fernando made a wonderful work guiding us through the highlights of this amazing historical monument. Very informative and interesting tour. I highly recommend it.
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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.

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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