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Opening hours

October to March: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

April to September: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

General admission costs €10, while a €5 reduced rate is valid for visitors between 5 and 16 years old, over 65 and from the EU or Latin America, and students up to 25 years of age. Children under the age of 5, as well as disabled visitors, get free entry.

How to get there

Calle de Bailén, s/n, 28071 Madrid, Spain

The Royal Palace is located at the very heart of Madrid and is accessible by metro (Lines 5 and 2 to Opera station), by commuter train to Príncipe Pío Station, and by BiciMAD, the city's public bike rental service with several available docking stations.

FAQ

What is the palace used for?
The Royal Palace of Madrid is a bit like the Spanish version of Buckingham Palace in London. Located in a prime location at the core of the capital, it’s used for functions and is the official residence of the royal family. With the new king, Felipe VI, having been coronated in 2014, there’s been a lot of renewed interest in the Spanish monarchy. It’s one of the most important monuments in Spain and is an excellent place to learn about its fascinating royal heritage, both past and present.
What are its origins?
Once a fortress, dating back to as early as the 9th century, the palace took on its role as royal residence in later years. However, it wasn’t until 1561, when the capital was moved from Seville to Madrid, that King Felipe II transferred the royal court to the palace. After being destroyed in a fire in 1734, the current palace was built on the same site. Today, it’s not only the official residence of the Spanish monarchy, but also houses an astounding array of art and other treasures. Works by Caravaggio and Velázquez, as well as treasured musical instruments and gilded furniture adorn its halls and chambers.
What can I see here?
Start by admiring the grand court at the front of the palace—an imposing introduction to this sprawling residence—and continue onto the banqueting room where royalty once dined, and the Armoury, where you'll discover impressively detailed suits of armour once worn by knights and their horses. The Throne Room is perhaps the most beautiful in the palace with the seats of the king and queen looking out over the richly carpeted chamber. Be sure to gaze up in this room, as the ceiling frescoes are nothing short of gorgeous. This is also where you’ll find the king's crown and sceptre, akin to the Crown Jewels in the UK.
Accessibility
Public transportation in Madrid is wheelchair-friendly and the palace itself is also wheelchair accessible with free entry for disabled visitors. The upper rooms of the Royal Palace of Madrid are also served by ramps and lifts to ensure that everyone can enjoy this grand royal residence.

Must-know

The palace gardens
Apart from its beautiful interior, the palace also features wonderfully ornate gardens, such as the Plaza de Oriente to the west of the residence. Whilst heading toward the Royal Theatre, you'll pass by the magnificent statues of the 'Gothic Kings,' of Spanish history. The main park behind the palace is known as Campo del Moro, where the original encampment was set up whilst the foundations of the old fortress were laid. The famed Queen Isabel II of Spain set about adorning these handsome gardens with striking Romanticist features.
To tour or not to tour?
The Spanish and English guided tours, which are completely optional when booking tickets and cost an extra €4, are useful for those interested in learning more about the details of the palace and the lives of the Spanish royals. If you’re not interested in this option, you can always explore the palace at your own pace, or take the tour and then spend some time wandering around by yourself to see everything.
The Palace App
To get the most out of your visit, the Palace App (available for Apple and Android smartphones) offers more detailed explanations of the palace's key features. There are plenty of photos and videos to browse, as well as a virtual tour, so that you can preview the historic sight before your arrival. It’s superb for history buffs who want to maximise their understanding of what they’ll see during their visit.

Nearby

Museo Nacional del Prado
Crossing through the Centro district from the palace, head to one of the world's premier art museums. The Museo del Prado's collection spans a timeline from the 12th to the 19th century - in other words, a long golden era of Spanish art including works by El Greco and Goya. The museum's neoclassical façade is also very impressive, while the vast array of art works will definitely keep you occupied for hours.
Museo Nacional del Prado
Museo Nacional del Prado. trabantos / Shutterstock.com
Plaza Mayor
Make sure to stop at Plaza Mayor, where the arches lining the Spanish capital’s main square shelter cafés and restaurants perfect for a coffee or lunch break. Look out for the bronze statue of King Felipe III and be sure to photograph the magnificent architecture that characterises the centre of Madrid.
Plaza Mayor
Plaza Mayor
Gran Vía
Offering a variety of shopping experiences in the city, Gran Via is home to a huge wealth of well-known international brands, as well as more upscale boutiques for buying something special. The Capitol, Telefónica and Metrópolis buildings are also wonderful sights to behold.
Gran Vía
Gran Vía