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The Majestic Royal Palace in Madrid
The Majestic Royal Palace
The Royal Palace is one of the top tourist attractions in Madrid. It is the official residence for the Royal family, but these days they only use it for state ceremonies. The rest of the time it's open to the public. Otherwise known in Spanish as the Palacio Real, the Royal Palace was built during the 18th and 19th centuries, and is a monumental building.

It replaced the former medieval Alcázar, which was burnt to the ground in 1794. The present-day Royal Palace of Madrid was decorated to the tastes of Charles III and is lavish inside. Visitors can wander through many of the rooms and banqueting halls.

Tip Flash photography is not permitted inside the building, so make sure you take a camera that is set to function without flash.

Getting To The Royal Palace

If you arrive at the metro station at Opera, it is about 5 minutes walk to the entrance of the palace, although you will see it after about 2 minutes walk. Alternatively, if you are coming from the centre, around the Plaza Mayor, then you can follow Calle Mayor directly to the palace, which shouldn't take more than 15 minutes.

What Is There To See At The Royal Palace

Courtyard of the Royal Palace
The courtyard at the Royal Palace

Just walking around the outside of the Royal Palace is impressive. There is a vast courtyard behind elegant iron fencing. To the side of the courtyard is an unexpected and stunning view across the countryside beyond. It's as if Madrid just stops and the fields and trees start. On a clear day this panoramic view is breathtaking.

Once inside the Royal Palace you have a choice of purchasing either a ticket for a guided tour or a normal ticket so that you can walk around at your own pace. The guided tour is in-depth and takes about 45 minutes. If you walk around under your own steam, there are still information points throughout that explain more about each room and its function.

You have access to lavish halls, banqueting rooms, the throne room, residential areas, the Royal Armoury and Royal Pharmacy. Many important events have taken place within the walls of the Royal Palace. For example, the Hall of Columns was where Spain signed a treaty that gave them acceptance into the European Union in 1985.

The sweeping staircase as you enter the Palace
The sweeping staircase as you enter the Palace

The Royal Palace also houses art exhibitions that are available to view at no extra charge.

Information about which exhibition is currently showing is available in the entrance area, and posters are also on display around the exterior of the Royal Palace.

Palacio Real de Madrid
Calle de Bailén
28071 Madrid, España.

Tel: +34 91 454 8700
Royal Palace Official website

metroMetro: Opera (Red Line, L2) or (Green Line, L5)

Car parking

Car Park Car Parking Near To Royal Palace Museum


Month Day Time
January - March Monday - Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00
April - September Monday - Saturday 10:00 - 19:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00
October - December Monday - Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Entry fee
Without guide:
With guide: €16.00 with guide. Children under 5: free
Cheap rate for pre-arranged school groups, old age pensioners, students and the handicapped: €6.00
Entry with the Madrid Card: Free

Disabled access available.

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