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Acropolis of Athens

The Acropolis was the center of Athenian culture and worship for millenia. As the heart of Western civilization, it's now one of the world's foremost heritage sites and an essential addition to any sightseer's bucket list. Here are a few reasons why.

Geology formed the foundations of Athenian culture

Geology formed the foundations of Athenian culture

The limestone hill's shallow caves and steep slopes provided prime Neolithic real estate, and its freshwater springs may have inspired the myth of Athena – a fertility goddess!

It was the center of government

It was the center of government

Acropolis means "highest point" and as the most fortified site, became the seat of Athenian kings until the realities of the republic pushed administrative buildings further out.

The original buildings were destroyed by Persians

The original buildings were destroyed by Persians

It had been a dedicated site of worship for just 30 years before being sacked by the Persians in 480BC. Afterwards, Pericles began a construction project that lasted 50 years!

It was in relatively good condition until 1687

It was in relatively good condition until 1687

The Parthenon was used as an Ottoman garrison from 1458. During the Morean War, Venetian artillery blew its gunpowder supply and significantly damaged the Acropolis' temples.

Restoration began in 1975

Restoration began in 1975

The archaeological site is still being partly restored, but you'll see the Parthenon, Erechtheion, Temple of Athena Nike, and the Propylaea gateway among the ruins on your tour!

Our insider tips

Booking tickets?

Admission prices begin at €12 (€6 concessions). Skip the lines by booking a tour in advance!

What are the opening times?

The Acropolis is open to visitors between 8:00AM and 8:00PM from April to October, and until 5:00PM from November to March.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open daily from 8:00AM to 8:00PM in the summer, until 5:00PM in the winter.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult admission tickets start at €12.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out these best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    The Acropolis is within walking distance from most hotels in city center!
  • Additional information

    • Wear comfortable walking shoes!

    • If you're visiting in the summer heat, dress accordingly and bring some water.

What people are saying about Acropolis of Athens

interesting tour with knowledgeable guide

Our guide (Kostas) was fun and informative. Learned a lot about Greek history our 3 hour tour (would have been five but we had to miss the museum part of the tour due to our flight leaving). Relatively small group of about 10. Would recommend for a fun way to spend a day in Athens.

Athens, Acropolis & Museum Tour without Tickets Reviewed by David, 06/11/2019

Katerina was a great and knowledgeable tour guide!

My boyfriend and I had a great time on this tour. With very little or no background knowledge on Greek mythology, Katerina explained everything as it was her own story! She kept everyone in the group intrigued with all the sights and the meaning to them. It was one of the hottest days of the year to go, but Katerina persevered through it, also allowing us to sit in some shade while conducting the tour. Tour guides can either make or break an experience, and Katerina made it wonderful. Highly recommend this tour for everyone.

Great tour! Excellent way to see & learn in a short timeframe

Marianna was excellent! This was the exact tour my family needed to see and learn the history of this awesome city in a short period of time. We covered a ton of ground and she was very conscientious of the heat, our hydration, the interest level of the group, and she did a fantastic job!

Athens, Acropolis & Museum Tour without Tickets Reviewed by Becca, 06/10/2019

Organized and informative; highly recommended.

Early morning tour is the way to go. Meet at yogurt bar (definitely get there early to taste this!) and walk a block to the entrance. Stella was a great tour guide- she was very knowledgeable and professional and patient with the chaos at the busy tourist site. Wear good shoes that have grip as there are many uneven and slippery stones. I got so much more out of the experience by having a guide - it’s amazing. There is the option to stay after the tour to explore further. Sunscreen, hat, and water are a must. Also recommend visiting the museum afterwards to learn even more. The whole operation was well-organized.

Guide was awesome, easy to hear and full of great information.

Well worth the price. Great information from the tour guide who was articulate and able to project her voice so you could always hear her.

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