Enjoy an early access guided tour of the Royal Place in Madrid with a walk from Plaza de Isabel II. Visit the Private Royal Apartments and Royal…
Enjoy a guided tour inside the Madrid Royal Palace and get to know the history and art of Spain. Includes skip-the-line entrance ticket.
Journey through the history of the Royal Palace of Madrid on an early exclusive access tour and enjoy the typical Spanish Cuisine with a tapas…
Enjoy a flamenco show featuring 9 top artists at the world-famous Corral de la Morería. Admire the décor of the tablao and a drink during the show.
Get the most out of your time in Madrid on an official 2-hour Segway tour. Glide through the city center to see Hapsburg highlights and historic…
Discover the wonders of Madrid on this 1.5-hour guided walking tour. Explore the city’s vibrant streets as you visit some of the most iconic sights…
Discover the wonders of Madrid on this tuk-tuk tour through the city. With your guide, drive around the most iconic sights and landmarks, as well as…
Discover Madrid at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Explore a variety of notable landmarks along two routes. Take a tour of Santiago…
Admire the most impressive monument in Madrid on this 90-minute guided tour of the Royal Palace. Marvel at the splendor of one of Europe’s…
Top sights in Madrid
Royal Palace of Madrid architecture may not seem as impressive as Versailles from the outside, but the opulence of the interior and the Royal Palace of Madrid history will blow you away. Another bonus: So much more of this palace is open to explore freely.
The Spanish Empire’s control of Europe ended with the Battle of Rocroi in 1643, nearly a century before the Royal Palace of Madrid was built.
The Royal Family has roots in both French and British monarchies, with the House of Bourbon in the seat since 1700 and today’s King and Queen being descendants of Queen Victoria.
The last monarch to live in the Royal Palace of Madrid was Alfonso XIII, who ruled throughout WWI, the Rif War in Morocco and the Spanish Civil War.
On May 22, 2004 the Crown Prince Felipe married former news anchor Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano. It was the first true royal Spanish wedding for a century.
The Spanish national anthem is one that won’t inspire singing. Why? It has no lyrics. In 2008 a public contest was proposed for official lyrics, but no one agreed on the issue.
Entrance to the Royal Palace is free on Wednesdays. This means that it’s more crowded, but maybe you’ll buy one of the highly recommended guided tours without paying the entry fee. Another advantage of visiting on Wednesday is that the Changing of the Guard takes place across the street every half hour during the morning. If you’re lucky enough to visit on the first Wednesday of the month, except in summers, you’ll find 450 soldiers in parade.
The guided tour is fantastic for learning more Royal Palace of Madrid history—you can even go back and walk through the halls on your own afterwards. The Royal Armory, the Royal Pharmacy and the Paintings Gallery are all different tickets, too. Don’t skip the Royal Armory, its collection is one of the best in the world.
- When should I visit?
- Open daily October to March, 10:00AM to 6:00PM, April to September, 10:00AM to 8:00PM.
- Is it expensive?
- Standard adult tickets start at 10€ and continue upwards with perks, tours and additional packages.
- Will I need a guide?
- A guide is definitely worth it. Not only will you learn about the city, you'll learn a lot of great historical facts.
- How to get there
- Bus lines 3, 25, 39 and 148 all stop near the palace, or take underground lines 2 or 5 to the Opera Station.
- Additional information
- Check online for updates on certain areas that may be undergoing renovations and are therefore closed.
What people are saying about Royal Palace of Madrid
The Skip the Line tour was awesome. We gained access to the palace before all others. Our small group was given access to areas of the palace not seen by the normal tourist crowds. Beny, our guide, was extremely informative and entertaining. He made the experience very special for us. We would highly recommend this tour to others.
Our tour guide Lydia did a great job of describing the history of the palace and provided detailed anecdotes about the monarchs who lived in it. The tour lasted a good amount of time and was a lot of fun. We did the early morning tour, which allowed us to see the palace without a lot of people being there.
This tour was amazing! Our tour guide, Rocio, was hilarious and informative! She gave us great pointers on other things to do while we were in Madrid. Having the tour on a Sunday starting at 9am was amazing, it was like we were the only people in the Palace!
Our guide was a walking encyclopedia ! He was knowledgable, passionate, and organized! Tour was beautiful. Had the palace to ourselves in the 11:00 tour. When we left the place was packed. Highly recommend!
Enjoyable tour. Easy going pace and informative guide commentary. The Palace is well worth the visit. One of the most interesting and resplendently furnished palaces in Europe.