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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

Kind and knowledgeable guide was a joy to tour with.

Guide picked us up on time from curb on busy Athens street and provided comfortable transportation to wonderful sites. He knew the area well and gave us a real sense of the ancient and modern culture. Would recommend to all interested.

Great guide; knowledgeable and very helpful

Hermes was very knowledgable about the Acropolis - the walk around the site wouldn't have been anywhere near as interesting without the context he provided. He also went above and beyond, walking us back down, helping us work out our itinerary for the rest of the day, and giving detailed guidance on what we should see at the Acropolis museum. Highly recommended - excellent value for money given how much it added.

Informative tour with an excellent guide

An excellent tour with a knowledgable, informative guide with a sense of humour. She was able to answer questions well show great inderstanding of her subject

Acropolis of Athens Early Morning Guided Tour Reviewed by Brendan, 10/29/2018

Something different than the ordinary historic walking tour.

Very friendly guide. I really enjoyed it and learned some very interesting things about life in Athens. Definitely a good way to see parts of Athens that are off the beaten path.

Athens Instagram Tour: The Most Scenic Spots Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 10/23/2018

Great way to see everything important when you have only a short time

Dorian, our guide, was amazing. She kept our teenagers interested for the full time as well. She had excellent English and was passionate about her history and sharing it with us. She welcomed questions and explained all the important places with interesting anecdotes. A great tour. Thank you, Dorina.

Acropolis of Athens Early Morning Guided Tour Reviewed by Lyn, 10/18/2018

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