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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 Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

1. 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 Fast-Access Admission Ticket

2. 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.

Royal Palace of Madrid Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

3. Royal Palace of Madrid Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Explore the Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real de 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 works of art including paintings by Goya and Velázquez. You can also stroll through some of the private rooms where royalty lived, the throne room and the royal dining rooms, as well as the mirror room of Charles IV's reign. Admire the rich ornamentations of official rooms, each one revealing its own personality. Visiting the Royal Throne room, the Gala Dinner room and the Royal Chapel.

Madrid: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour of the Royal Palace

4. Madrid: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour of the Royal Palace

Skip the long lines to the Royal Palace of Madrid and learn the history of the Spanish monarchy on a guided tour. Hear how the palace has changed through time with informative observations from your expert guide. Discover an exquisite collection of tapestries, porcelain, antique clocks, armor and works of art from the royal collections, including paintings by Goya and Velázquez. Visit the private apartments, throne room and banquet halls, along with the Hall of Mirrors from the reign of Charles IV.  Admire the Palatine Stradivarius collection of musical instruments and see the 19th-century English-style gardens and 2 neoclassical fountains. Discover the traditional tapas of Spain and experience the food culture of Madrid like a local, select the Tapas Tasting option. Following the tour of the Royal Palace, you will then walk through the city to one of the most important bars in Madrid.  Here your tour will finish, leaving you with the opportunity to walk through the center of Madrid.

Madrid: Flamenco Show at Corral de la Moreria

5. 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

Madrid: City Tour by Private Electric Tuk Tuk

6. 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: Royal Palace Tour & Optional Almudena Cathedral Tour

7. Madrid: Royal Palace Tour & Optional Almudena Cathedral Tour

You will be able to visit the interiors of the Royal Palace and optionally the Almudena Cathedral with one of our expert Tour Guides without having to wait in long lines to buy tickets. Visiting the interior of the Royal Palace is already an unparalleled experience, but it is even more so if you are 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 and which 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: El Prado Museum and the Royal Palace Walking Tour

8. 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 1.5-hour 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: Electric Bike City Sightseeing Tour

9. Madrid: Electric Bike City Sightseeing Tour

Get a bike fitted to your size, meet your guide, and get ready to explore the sights and history of Madrid. Visit Retiro Park, a huge green area often referred to as "the lungs of Madrid." Venture into the Old Town where your guide will fascinate and entertain you with the interesting history of Madrid. Stop for a short break at a local market. Relax and enjoy the atmosphere or explore at your own pace. On the way back, ride through the amazing Las Letras neighborhood and the Paseo del Prado.

Madrid: Royal Palace Entry Ticket and Small Group Tour

10. Madrid: Royal Palace Entry Ticket and Small Group Tour

Enjoy with our official guides a wonderful Walking Tour to the Royal Palace with the freedom offered by the tour with our radio system. Don't wait and skip the line at the Royal Palace through preferential access with us. You will know the history of this great palace. twice as big as Buckingham Palace? . It is an essential place to visit during your stay in Madrid, you will get to know its architectural style of Italian baroque, its halls, the parade ground. Today it is used by the Spanish Royal House to celebrate the most important receptions. Learn about the hearings, dinners and signing of agreements held over the years. Stroll through the Plaza de la Armería. Marvel at the beautiful tapestries and elegant furnishings. Follow your guide through the Grand Staircase, Throne Room, and Banquet Hall, among others. Once your guided tour is over, don't forget to take your best photos from the Plaza de la Armería viewpoint.

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What people are saying about Royal Palace, Madrid

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4.7 / 5

based on 6,200 reviews

My family of four with two adults and two children thoroughly enjoyed our tour with John! Three hours was the perfect amount of time to see the city and hear all of John’s wonderful insights and stories. The tuk-tuk was comfortable to ride in, with great visibility for all passengers! Highly recommend!

We really enjoyed our palace tour with Rocio. She mixed history, humor and wit to make our tour interesting and memorable. It would have been difficult to make sense of the different rooms, their significance and the royal family line without her stories.

We had a great guide, David, who was highly knowledgeable about the palace and communicated well with all the group.

Very useful tour, children enjoyed it. Our guide has a sense of humour, that makes the trip even more enjoyable

Informative tour and great guide Laura, a great orientation to Madrid