Alcázar of Seville Tickets

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Opening hours

October-March 9:30am-5:00pm

April-September 9:30am-7:00pm

Closed on 1st and 6th January, Good Friday and Christmas Day. General admission is €9.50, or €2.00 for students aged 17-25 and seniors. Children aged 16 or under go free. Entry to the upper royal apartments is an additional €4.50.

How to get there

Patio de Banderas, s/n, 41004 Sevilla, Spain

The palace is located right at the heart of Seville, and it’s such a compact city that you’ll find it easy to walk there from many nearby attractions. It’s just 10 minutes’ walk from the Torre del Oro (Tower of Gold) at the riverside. The Puerta de Jerez light rail and metro stations are just outside. If taking the bus, get off at Plaza de la Contratacion coach station or Menendez Pelayo bus stop.

FAQ

What are the origins of Alcazar of Seville?
A Moorish-Renaissance style building, the palace is in a prime location in the city, close to the cathedral. Over the ruins of an old cathedral, the Moors built a palace to establish their rule in Seville in the 8th century. As different caliphates and empires struggled for dominance in the region, the palace managed to survive and was embellished as the centuries rolled on. During the Reconquista in the 13th century, the Spanish built further on the North African style with their own Gothic, and later, Renaissance styles.
Is the palace still in use today?
As well as one of Spain’s most visited landmarks, Alcazar of Seville still serves as the Spanish Royal Family’s official residence in the city. Until 1606, Seville was the capital of Spain, and it remains the country’s gateway to Africa. The upper levels are where they reside when in town. The many chambers of Alcazar of Seville are named for their historic functions, such as the Justice Room and Bedroom of the Moorish Kings.
What’s the deal with Game of Thrones?
Undoubtedly one of the most popular TV shows in the world, this fantasy drama has highlighted the romantic beauty of the palace. The leaders of Dorne, which is home to a mix of North African and Southern European cultures and styles, reside in the palace in the programme. As you walk around the palace and gardens, you’ll no doubt spot some familiar settings, and can ask your friends to snap a photo of you in your most regal pose. Classic film fans may also recognise the palace from Lawrence of Arabia.
What are the various buildings called?
Alcazar of Seville is really a series of interconnected palaces, courtyards and gardens that form a large royal compound. The main one is the Palacio del Rey Don Pedro, where you’ll find the Patio de las Doncellas, historically the core of life in Alcazar of Seville. Casa de la Contratacion and Casa del Assistente are the smaller buildings surrounding it, housing the chapel and sublime courtyards to wander through.

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In and around the palace grounds
Even if you’re not an architecture buff, the amazing variance of styles is striking: Islamic arches sit atop neoclassical columns and symmetrical pools flanked by lush plants. Alcazar of Seville was built with opulence in mind, and the centuries have been kind to it. The interior is massive, but you can also spend awhile exploring the 37 different gardens. The blossoms in the Lion Courtyard and exotic plants of the Dance Garden are sure to delight any outdoor lover.
Facilities
The palace is vast and gorgeous, so you’ll want to spend a lot of time walking around it and finding hidden nooks and crannies indoors and out. That said, be sure to pack a few sandwiches and bottles of water, especially in summer when Seville is very hot. There is a café on site that serves simple snacks and drinks. It’s nicely out of the way of the main crowds, in the corner of the large Jardin Marques de la Vega Inclan.
What you get with upper royal apartments entry
If you’d like to see living royal history, the upper chambers are well worth it. Known as the Cuarto Real Alto, they feature somewhat more modern furnishings and adornments reminiscent of Madrid’s Royal Palace. The interior corridors surround the main courtyard below, and there’s another chapel here to admire. It's a fascinating addition to any visit.

Places nearby

Torre del Oro
One of the enduring symbols of the city and historic Spain itself, this beautiful tower beside the river was built in the 13th century. The origins of its name are still debated today: Some believe the tower was used to house treasures coming from the New World colonies. Others insist it’s due to the gorgeous golden hue that it reflects onto the Guadalquivir river. You can pay just €3 to enter and see the Maritime Museum of Seville housed inside.
Torre del Oro
Torre del Oro
Seville Cathedral
Cast in a similar golden tone to the Tower, this Roman Catholic Cathedral was constructed in 1528. Interestingly, its bell tower, known as La Giralda, used to be a minaret when the city was still under Moorish control. Also admire the dramatic flying buttresses outside, and the stunning shapes of its windows and towers. It’s only a minute’s walk from Alcazar of Seville, and as a cathedral, entrance is totally free.
Seville Cathedral
Seville Cathedral
Plaza de Espana
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Plaza de Espana
Plaza de Espana