Acropolis of Athens

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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

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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!

Planning Your Visit

  • 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.

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What people are saying about Acropolis of Athens

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 7,345 reviews

We joined a tour of the acropolis with our three children (ages 10 - 13) as we thought we would get more out of it - and that was definitely true. Our guide gave us a really clear and comprehensive explanation of the history of Athens and the building of the acropolis complex which the children really enjoyed and which helped us make sense of what we saw during our Athens trip.

Tour fantastique. Visiter l'Acropole l'après-midi est une idée géniale car vous évitez les foules le matin et la chaleur. Est plus frais et léger est idéal pour prendre des photos. Notre guide parlait parfaitement le français et nous avons beaucoup appris. Sans un guide aurait été impossible de réaliser la gloire de l'Acropole. Beau, éducatif et confortable 2 heures.

It took the hassle out of trying to get to places, we were picked up from our hotel. our guide was very helpful. The only down side was we had to pay extra for the entrance onto the museum and the acropolis. Our guide couldn't actually come into the sites with us.

Very interesting historical perspective, Betty was passionate about improving our understanding of the history and the relevance of this beautiful place. Would recommend absolutely.

This was the perfect way to see the core Athen’s highlights in comfort accompanied by a knowledgeable guide. Would recommend this experience to anyone coming to Athens!