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Royal Palace of Madrid

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Royal Palace of Madrid

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Skip the Line: Madrid Royal Palace Admission Ticket
$27.13 per adult
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Skip-The-Line Early Entrance Tour of the Royal Palace of Madrid
$49.48 per adult
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Early Access to Royal Palace of Madrid
$32.00 per adult
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Royal Palace Madrid Afternoon Guided Tour
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Madrid Royal Palace Expert Guided Tour with skip-the-line access
$45.77 per adult
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Royal Palace of Madrid 1.5-Hour Guided Tour Optional Prado Museum Combo
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Madrid Walking Tour at Night with Optional Flamenco Show
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Toledo and Segovia Tour with Alcazar Entrance from Madrid
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Toledo and Segovia Tour with Alcazar Entrance from Madrid

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Visiting both Toledo and Segovia in a day from Madrid is near impossible without a car rental and some serious time management. On this trip, you get to see both cities as a guide charts their history, minus the stress of organizing transport. Plus, you’re certain of seeing the key sights, including Toledo’s Primada Cathedral, and Segovia’s Roman aqueduct and Alcazar. Ideal if you’re pressed for time and want a day out of Madrid.
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Mairwen1 wrote a review Nov 2020
United Kingdom3,522 contributions2,499 helpful votes
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This is one impressive pile. It’s the biggest palace in Europe, with over a million square feet of floor and over 3,400 rooms. Looking at it from the outside, it’s hard to get a sense of the scale of it until you compare it to the size of people. What you see here today is the new palace, built 1738-1764, after the original Alcazar burnt down. King Phillip V was supposed to have loathed the old palace so it’s a little coincidental that it mysteriously burnt down while he was away. Sounding suspicious? Even more suspiciously, he’d only just moved most of his art collection to another palace. In any case, he lost no time ordering a new, replacement palace to be built on the same spot. The brief was that it should be the most luxurious palace in Europe and no expense should be spared. We should have pre-booked but we didn’t. We walked by in the morning around 11am when there was barely a queue and planned to return later in the day to go inside. This was a big mistake because when we returned, the queue was shockingly long and was snaking around the plaza so we ran out of time (this was around 4pm). We should have grabbed the chance to go in when the queue was small. If I was doing it again, I’d book ahead online. If, like us, you can’t go inside, you can still get a very clear view of the vast parade ground and the Baroque façade from the outside, albeit at a bit of a distance. The exterior is constructed for the most part, out of local white and grey stone, which gives the whole thing a lovely achromatic effect of differing shades of pale grey. Before we left, we walked across the road where there is a grassy hill side. From the slightly higher vantage point, we had a great view down over the palace, the Almudena cathedral and Plaza Oriente. It made a great photo. We could also see further beyond across the lush, green lands that used to be the royal hunting grounds. If you are at the Prado, make sure to look out for the hunting scenes of King Philip IV and his son Balthazar Charles, dressed in their jodhpurs, with their hunting dogs and guns, surrounded by the palace forests and woodlands. We had seen these paintings the day before so we could imagine what the scene might have looked like some 400 years ago. GETTING THERE: It was an easy 10 – 12 min walk from Plaza Mayor. It was a pretty interesting walk because you also pass by San Miguel market, the historic Plaza de la Villa, Almudena Cathedral and the monument marking the assassination attempt on King Alfonso XII which took place as he travelled with his new bride from his wedding to the palace.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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R W wrote a review Oct 2020
Belfast, United Kingdom77 contributions81 helpful votes
It didn't start well, we pitched up for the free entry at 5pm on Thursdays to have the door closed in our faces - it was 1st October so the free entry starts at 4pm and the door is closed at 5pm, but none of the staff said anything! Despite this we decided to book for the following day and were able to find a buy one get one free ticket online. The palace is worth a visit, you can only take pictures in certain area but not the main state rooms which are spectacular.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Nishi wrote a review Oct 2020
Colombo, Sri Lanka58 contributions34 helpful votes
It has the perfect look of a Palace.. Nicely arranged and everything is in order with a proper description.. The only thing is they allow to take pictures at vey limited areas. Other than that, this visit is really worth...!!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Razorfish wrote a review Oct 2020
Little Rock, Arkansas3,231 contributions708 helpful votes
My wife and I went by the Royal Palace of Madrid during our visit this past November. We were there on a Sunday when it was not open. We didn’t see the interior, but the exterior is impressive.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Tanmouss wrote a review Sep 2020
Oslo, Norway1,631 contributions322 helpful votes
Picture are not really allowed. Booking online is necessary given the Covid 19 restrictions. It's a good time to visit though as attractions are almost empty. One should like the style of this palace rebuilt with Italian architecture after the old sarrasin palace caught fire. The interior is Baroque style, a bit too much to my taste. The 2 impressive exhibitions that make it worth the detour are : the Stradivarius violins collections, and the Royal Armory. 1 hour should be enough if you don't stall.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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