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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

Overall rating
4.4 / 5
based on 6,854 reviews

Great information to help you understand the site.

Our guide and initial greeters were kind, knowledgable and concerned for our experience. They met us in the Metro station as promised and found a place nearby for us to use the toilet at the last minute, offered cold water, warned us of pickpockets etc. The guide was informative, made time for personal requests, and showed particular concern for w/1 couple w/medical issues. The only disappointing thing was that in trying to meet personal requests/questions we ended up w/only 10 mins to explore on our own at the Acropolis top. It also seemed like the facility closed earlier than normal, but I'm not sure why. It worked out fine and is worth the money and time to see this amazing historical site.

Alexia was a walking encyclopedia / fantastic your

I loved this tour. Worth every cent. Alexia was kind caring and full of knowledge. There wasn’t a question she bouncing answer. She paced us through the acropolis up to the Parthenon with stops along the way for rest and more info. And navigated through the crowds. Nice small group. All was amazing and definitely better than the other tours being herded around. This is a must!!

Excellent trip with a passionate and fun guide

We had a wonderful tour of the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and passionate. It was amazing how much distance we covered without even realizing it! October was the ideal time to go because there was much less of a crowd and the weather was amazing. Five stars!

Acropolis and Acropolis Museum Tour with Entry Tickets Reviewed by

Perfect way to explore acropolis on your own!

It works easily (use WiFi though and put the app & tour on your phone in advance). You can do everything at your own pace and decide to listen everything or just a few stories. Stories are short and easy to listen to. Great way of exploring the acropolis with all its beautiful sites!

Our guide was excellent, knowledgeable and super informative

Thoroughly enjoyed visiting the "jewels" of Greece with our very knowledgeable guide! The Acropolis, Parnethenon and Acropolis Museum met all our expectations!

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