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Royal Palace of Madrid tickets are the best purchase you will make on your trip to Madrid. Built in the baroque, classicist style of the Italian courts and dripping in history, the “Palacio Real de Madrid” is one of the most visited buildings in Spain. The Spanish royal family still uses the palace for state ceremonies. With 3,418 rooms inside 135,000 square meters (1,450,000 sq ft), there is plenty to see with your Palacio Real Tickets or Palacio Real Madrid Tour! Book the ticket or tour that suits you best! There are many options available, from general entrance tickets to a private Madrid Palace Tour. Explore the royal palace in Madrid on your terms!


Royal Palace of Madrid Tickets: General Admission

When you buy tickets to visit the Royal Palace of Madrid, you are buying an incredible and diverse experience at a very reasonable price (when you consider just how much is on display). From art and Stradavarious violins to the royal crown collections and royal armory, there’s so much to see! Catch the sun’s rays in the large central courtyard which unfortunate tourists without tickets can often be seen peering through, between the bars. Aside from the beautiful views of El Campo (a nearby parkland), you’ll be able to access different parts of the palace complex from here.

There’s a lot to explore, and we strongly advise buying an audio guide (available in various languages). Don’t worry; there’s no time limit, you can explore the palace at your own pace.

Royal Palace Of Madrid Skip-the-line 

As one of the most popular attractions to visit in Madrid, booking skip-the-line tickets could be a real time-saver. If you buy your skip-the-queue tickets online, not only will you save time at the queue, you’ll also ensure you have secured your entry tickets. There are strict Palace of Madrid opening hours, and if you’re stuck in the queue too long, you may hit closing time, meaning that you’ll have wasted time and energy, and missed out on seeing all there is to visit.

You can either choose skip-the-line Royal Palace of Madrid tickets or, if you book a guided tour, fast-track access is already included.

Royal Palace of Madrid Tours

A walking tour of the Palace is one of the best ways to learn all about its architecture, and why it was built the way it was. Allow a knowledgable guide to point out the famous works of art (artworks by Goya, Velazquez and so on); why they are on display and what their meaning and significance are in the palace. 

When you take a tour, you can enjoy an in-depth visit of the collections of tapestries, antique clocks, porcelain, an entire armory and more. Without a guide, it’s very easy for this armor to just look like endless sheets of metal! On tour, you can also visit the Royal Pharmacy, the Throne Room, the Hall of Alabarderos and the Royal Chapel (filled with Stradavarius violins). Royal Palace Madrid Guided Tours ranges from 1.5 - 3 hours.

Private Tour Prado Museum

Private tours of the Royal Palace are also available. They follow a similar format to the public guided tours, but they will go at your own pace and, importantly, you will be able to ask as many questions as you like! Although a private tour is more expensive than an ordinary guided tour, they can easily make up the difference depending on your group size and your needs. Ensure your visit is hassle-free when you book a private tour!

Combination Tickets & Tours

A great way of saving money, if you know you want to go to more than one attraction, is to combine your ticket purchases into a “combi ticket”. Popular combi tickets to buy in Madrid are Royal Palace of Madrid tours with Prado Museum Tours

Royal Palace Of Madrid Key Facts

  • The Royal Palace in Madrid is the largest palace still functioning and the biggest palace by floor area in Europe.
  • Visit the official residence of the Spanish royal family until 1931 (King Alfonso XIII was the last king to live there).
  • The palace is built on the site of a 9th-century Muslim fortress which burnt down in 1734.
  • Construction for the current royal palace was completed in 1755.
  • The palace has paintings by artists including Caravaggio, Goya, Velázquez, and Flandes.

Can you visit the Royal Palace of Madrid? 

Yes. Although the palace is still sometimes used for state ceremonies, it is open to the public to visit.

What is special about the Royal Palace in Madrid? 

The Royal Palace of Madrid was the seat of power for Spanish monarchs for nearly 300 years. If you want to brush up on your history of Spanish monarchs, this is the place to check out!

How many rooms are there in Madrid’s Royal Palace? 

The Royal Place of Madrid has 3,418 rooms. The total area of the palace is 135,000 square meters (1,450,000 sq ft).

What are the Madrid Palace Hours?

The Royal Palace of Madrid hours are as follows:

October to March: 10:00 - 18:00 every day.

April to September: 10:00 - 20:00 every day.

Closed (all day unless otherwise stated): 24th December (from 15:00), 25th December, 31st December (from 15:00), 1st and 6th January, 1st May, 12th October (from 17:30). There may also be state ceremonies which will affect Madrid palace hours.

Where can I buy the Royal Palace of Madrid tickets? 

While you can buy your “Palacio Real de Madrid tickets” at the entrance, you may have to queue for a long time, and you won’t be guaranteed entry. Buying your tickets online will avoid these problems and may also save you money too. The same applies to secure a place on one of the Royal Palace of Madrid tours: don’t leave it until the last minute!

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