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Royal Palace, Madrid

A spectacular palace built from Spanish marble and surrounded by beautifully landscaped courtyards and gardens.

Royal Palace, Madrid: Our most recommended tours and activities

Madrid: Royal Palace Fast-Access Admission Ticket

1. Madrid: Royal Palace Fast-Access Admission Ticket

Enjoy fast access to the Royal Palace of Madrid, the official residence of Spanish royalty. Enter through an express security check and explore one of the world’s largest palaces. Wander the corridors that have witnessed centuries of Spanish history. Admire the architecture and decoration of the salon rooms, including frescoes by famous artists. Enter the private apartments of monarchs, visit the throne room, and stroll through the banquet halls. Witness the Hall of Mirrors from the reign of Charles IV. See artworks by painters such as Caravaggio, Juan de Flandes, Francisco de Goya, and Velázquez. Visit the Royal Armory and discover its exhibits of porcelain, watches, furniture, silverware, and more. Explore the heritage of Spain’s monarchy at the Royal Palace.

Madrid: Royal Palace Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

2. Madrid: Royal Palace Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Embark on a guided 2-hour tour of Madrid's Royal Palace. Admire art pieces by Giordano and Goya while exploring the palace at a peaceful time of day alongside an expert guide with in-depth knowledge about the home to Spanish Royals past and present.  Start at the Opera Metro Station in Plaza de Isabel II, home to the Teatro Royal, where you will meet your guide. After a picturesque walk through Plaza de Oriente, enjoy skip-the-line privileges before entering the palace. Relish visits to the Throne Room, Banquet Hall, and Private Royal apartments. Be amazed as to how these rooms are brought to life in an engaging and fascinating way by your professional guide. Marvel at exclusive works of art by Giordano and Goya, as well as historical articles such as historic tapestries, suits of armor, and ornate swords. Take in in the building's 19th-century design and beautiful floral layout, which serves as an excellent backdrop for memorable photos. After the guided visit, feel free to take a relaxing stroll on your own through the Royal Gardens and visit other highlights such as the Royal Armory and Pharmacy.

Madrid: Royal Palace & Cathedral Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

3. Madrid: Royal Palace & Cathedral Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Visit the interiors of Madrid's Royal Palace and optionally the Almudena Cathedral with one of our expert Tour Guides without having to wait in long lines to buy tickets. Visit the interior of Madrid's Royal Palace. Be accompanied by an expert tour guide who helps you travel back in time visiting the most spectacular places in the Palace. More than 3.000 rooms and a historical and artistic heritage of incalculable value await you in what was the Residence of the Kings of Spain until Alfonso XIII. This is still the Official Residence of the Monarchs even today, although the Royal Family does not use it as their habitual residence. The Holy Metropolitan Cathedral Church of Santa María la Real de la Almudena, better known as Almudena Cathedral, is a cathedral of Catholic worship, dedicated to the Virgin Mary under the name of Almudena, and episcopal seat of Madrid.

Madrid: City Tour by Private Electric Tuk Tuk

4. Madrid: City Tour by Private Electric Tuk Tuk

Embark on an electric tuk-tuk tour of Madrid and discover some of the main monuments of the city. Enjoy the perfect introduction to Madrid as your guide recommends places to visit during your stay. Admire the exterior of some of Madrid's most iconic landmarks including the Royal Palace and the Almudena Cathedral. Ride through the charming neighborhoods of Las Letras and Retiro and see the House of Cervantes and the Church of Los Jerónimos. See the Palacio de las Cortes, the Puerta de Alcalá, and the facades of the museums of Paseo del Prado on this fun and exciting adventure through the city.

Madrid: City Walking Tour & Royal Palace Skip-the-Line Tour

5. Madrid: City Walking Tour & Royal Palace Skip-the-Line Tour

Explore the highlights of Madrid's Old Town on a city tour with a guide, including skip-the-line entry to the Royal Palace with a tour. Stop by beautiful squares like Plaza de la Villa and Plaza de Oriente as you learn about their history. Finish with a guided tour of the impressive Royal Palace. Start the tour at Calle Mayor, a bustling central street in the Old Town. Cross the Plaza Mayor and see its statue of Felipe III. Next, head to the San Miguel market and browse its stalls of authentic Spanish cuisine. Continue to the Plaza de la Villa, one of the most well-preserved historic squares in the city. Learn about its history as the former site of the Madrid Town Hall. Make your way to the Plaza de Oriente, which leads to the Royal Palace. From there, enjoy skip-the-line entry to the palace and take a guided tour of the largest royal residence in Europe. See its courtyards, art collections, and 18th-century architecture up close.

Skip-the-Line and Early-Entry Madrid Royal Palace Tour

6. Skip-the-Line and Early-Entry Madrid Royal Palace Tour

Madrid’s Royal Palace was built in the 18th century on the site of the Old Alcazar. With its Italian Baroque style, it is one of the most beautiful and best-preserved palaces in Europe and a symbol of the permanence of Madrid as the capital of the kingdom. You’ll enjoy skip-the-line access as well as early entry to this important monument for a 90-minute guided tour. The Palace was the official residence of the Spanish Monarchy from 1765 to 1931. Since that time the most important receptions of the Spanish Crown are still celebrated at the Palace. This includes royal audiences, dinner parties, the signing of agreements and the traditional ceremony of the presentation of credential letters of foreign ambassadors to His Majesty the King.

Madrid: Royal Palace Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

7. Madrid: Royal Palace Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Explore the Royal Palace of Madrid with a licensed guide, and discover the former official residence of the Spanish Royal Family with your direct entry access. Also known as the Palacio de Oriente due to its close proximity to Plaza de Oriente on the east side of the palace, today the building is used exclusively for receptions, ceremonies, and official events. The Palace has an extensive collection of upholstery, porcelain, antique clocks, armor, and art pieces including paintings by Goya and Velázquez. Admire the rich ornamentations of the private rooms where the royalty lived each one revealing its personality. Also, you will visit the official rooms, such as the Royal Throne room, the Gala Dinner room, and the Royal Chapel. 

Madrid: Royal Palace Guided Tour with Skip-the-line Ticket

8. Madrid: Royal Palace Guided Tour with Skip-the-line Ticket

Get the most from your visit to the Royal Palace, by joining a tour conducted by a professional guide and skipping the long ticket lines. Learn about the building’s history and its large collection of artworks. A visit to the palace is a must for any visit to Madrid. The Royal Palace has a total area of 199,000 m² and consists of 3478 rooms, being the largest royal palace in Western Europe. It was ordered to be built by King Felipe V on the remains of the Royal Alcazar, which was destroyed by a fire in 1734. During this tour you will learn about the palace’s collection of musical instruments, among which the Stradivarius Palatinos is one of the most important. The Royal Palace hides many years of stories and secrets that the guide will tell you during this guided tour. You’ll also see many impressive paintings, sculptures and upholstery that have been well preserved.

Madrid: El Prado Museum and the Royal Palace Walking Tour

9. Madrid: El Prado Museum and the Royal Palace Walking Tour

Explore the most emblematic attractions of Madrid throughout a guided walking tour. Begin with a skip-the-line guided tour inside the Prado Museum, which houses outstanding rooms and paintings, with an emphasis on the paintings that have changed the history of art and become canon. Admire works of Murillo, Velázquez, Goya, Rubens, and Tiziano, among many others. Continue with a beautiful walking tour of the entire area between the Prado Museum and the Royal Palace. Accompanied by your guide, discover the essentials of the city, including the Fountain of Neptune, the Congress of Deputies, the house of Cervantes, and the Puerta del Sol. Finally, your tour concludes with a guided skip-the-line tour inside the Royal Palace, a building of gigantic dimensions that is bound to surprise you with its rich decoration and incredible rooms and lounges. This monument is considered a cultural reference for European monarchies and is the perfect way to conclude your walking tour.

Madrid: Flamenco Show at Corral de la Moreria

10. Madrid: Flamenco Show at Corral de la Moreria

Enjoy a flamenco show performed by 9 artists at the Corral de la Morería, the cathedral of flamenco in Spain. Sip on a drink during the show, or treat yourself to a gourmet 3-course dinner with drinks. The venue was opened in 1956 by Manuel del Rey and is the most well-known tablao flamenco in the world. Throughout its history, the Corral de la Morería has witnessed performances by some of the finest professionals of this discipline. The venue is located in Madrid’s historic center, next to the Royal Palace. Its decor recreates a setting reminiscent of the original tablao flamenco that will take you back in time. It is popular with many famous personalities, so don't be surprised if you’re seated next to a celebrity, a politician, or a royal. The menu is as follows: • Starter: Huerto Cordobes and Salmorejo Dip, or Smoked Cheesecake• Main: Roasted Pork Shoulder, Salmon with Vegetable Sauce, Lamb Rack, or Braised Veal Pie• Dessert: French Toast or Chocolate 1/2 bottle of wine per personMineral water

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What people are saying about Royal Palace, Madrid

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 6,703 reviews

Just gorgeous. I felt like crying in every new room because each is breathtaking. We had a lovely guide and I enjoyed every second of the tour. Highly HIGHLY recommend

good way to have a brief introduction of madrid without having to do much walking , then go back to the places you want to see in detail.

Worth to visit , the palace is beautiful inside but it’s not allowed to take photos, pls respect the rules .

Great tour. Alex was also great and explained everything very nice and understandable. Strongly recommended

Interesting and enjoyable tour of the Royal palace.