Royal Palace of Madrid Tour

Explore the majestic residence of the Spanish Royal Family
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Tour Details
Duration
2.5 hours
Product Type
Tour
Venues
  • Royal Palace of Madrid (Interior)
  • Campo del Moro Gardens
  • Sabatini Gardens
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  • Join an engaging local expert as you discover the architecture and history of the Royal Palace
  • Unique, personal tours for the intentional traveler. A private experience with an expert guide.
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Tour Description
The Royal Palace of Madrid is one of only a handful of official Heads of State residences open to the general public. Your tour begins in front of the palace façade, where you will admire the majestic building designed by various architects including Giovanni Battista Sacchetti and Francesco Sabatini. A testament to Spain’s rich heritage, you will notice elements of Baroque and Neoclassical architectural styles that punctuate the palace exterior and beg you to explore further.

Please note: you may encounter long queues at ticket booths before accessing the Palace, given a change in the organization of the entry procedures.

Stepping inside, you will be transported by opulent decorations, intricate artwork, and a series of captivating rooms that embody the country’s artistic and cultural legacy. Rooms of the palace are open to the public on a staggered basis, so you may have the chance to visit the Throne Room, the Hall of Columns, or perhaps even the Crown Room. As you make your way around the palace, you will learn of state ceremonies and royal events that have left their mark on Spanish history. You will also visit the armory, which houses a significant collection of historical weapons and armor, providing insight into Spain’s military past. 

Following your visit to the Royal Palace interiors, your expert will accompany you on a short discovery of the Campo del Moro Gardens. Named after the Moorish forces that camped here in the 12th century, the expansive landscape presents a perfect backdrop to wrap up your visit and ask any lingering questions before you part ways. 
  • It’s your first visit to Madrid and you are interested in architecture and Spanish history
  • You are returning to Madrid and hope to dive deeper into the city’s major landmarks

  • The Royal Palace of Madrid-the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family
  • The Campo del Moro and Sabatini Gardens-the lush adjoining palace gardens

Tickets
  • This tour includes tickets which allow your group to take a special entrance. 
  • While we offer tours in the morning and afternoon, we highly suggest selecting the afternoon option. There are fewer people in the palace in the afternoon, allowing for a more pleasant visiting experience. 

Resources
  • Check out our upcoming online lectures on Madrid and Spain in preparation for your trip. 

Wheelchair accessibility
  • The Palace has ramps and wheelchair lifts in order to facilitate wheelchair access. Please let us know if you are a wheelchair user so your expert can plan your tour accordingly. 

Service Dogs
  • Service dogs are allowed if you have a medical certificate proving the need. 

  • For more information about Context tours, please visit our FAQs.

  • If children under 18 qualify for free tickets, why am I required to purchase a ticket for my child? While children may enter for free, they are required to stand in the general entrance line if they do so. In order to save time and expedite the tour, we purchase skip-the-line tickets so they may enter as quickly as possible.

  • Can we visit the royal kitchens?
    No, unfortunately, we cannot offer a visit to the royal kitchens on this tour at the moment.

  • What are skip-the-line tickets? For this tour, your Royal Palace tickets are pre-purchased which allows you to skip the ticket office line upon arrival at the venue. You may still have to wait in a security line or in a line to have your pre-purchased ticket scanned.   
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Adam our guide was great. He made the experience so enjoyable and learned so much.
Fabulous tour. Incredible knowledge of history, very well presented, interspersed with appropriate humor. Adam is a real “bio” man with unending energy. Sing up with him for a great adventure. Jack
Adam was a wonderful guide! He was knowledgeable, funny and helpful! We would highly recommend Adam!