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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

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

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

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

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

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!

Acropolis of Athens: Our 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 to visit
    Open daily from 8:00AM to 8:00PM in the summer, until 5:00PM in the winter.
  • What is the price?
    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 tips
    • 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

Excellent guide well organised and very helpful

We were met by our guide and wandered up the streets and townships on the way to Acropolis. She was excellent at sharing history and local information. Learnt a lot about local traditions . Very helpful thank you.

Great tour to visit the finest monuments and learn Greek history

Really great tour and our guide Evita was super nice and knowledgeable and a great proponent of Greek culture and history. We saw the best monuments in Athens plus the changing of the guard in a limited time. Would have been hard to do (or understand) without a guide. My only caveat is that the trip is not for the infirm because of the heat and the steep climb in places

Very much enjoyed the walk and the information from Anastasia.

As we had only a short time it was helpful to know all the places and their part in the history. We came back and looked again and had dinner in the local family restaurant.

Interesting and easy walk to fast entry to Athens Acropolis

We couldn't sort problem of half-price tickets for over 65s (no option on order form) but despite this felt the ease of the whole operation and lack of worry made it worthwhile. We thoroughly enjoyed the gentle walk through parts of Athens we hadn't visited before.

Athens: The Acropolis Entry Ticket and Welcome Walk Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 09/25/2017

If you have only one day in Athens then this is the tour you must take

If you take only one tour in Athens then I would definitely take this 5 hour walking tour. We were guided by a trained archeologist. She gave us a political history overview of Greece and also great detail of ancient history of the various temples, stadium and Acropolis. She also provided interpretation of the statues/sculptures including the mythology of the various gods that the ancient Greeks worshiped. We also were guided through the very impressive New Acropolis Museum by our guide Angela. Angela gave us great information without talking down to us. She was very approachable with wherever individual questions we had. I would strongly urge you to take this tour even if you take no others.

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