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Acropolis of Athens

The Acropolis was the center of Athenian culture and worship for millenia. As the heart of Western civilization, it's now one of the world's foremost heritage sites and an essential addition to any sightseer's bucket list. Here are a few reasons why.

Geology formed the foundations of Athenian culture

The limestone hill's shallow caves and steep slopes provided prime Neolithic real estate, and its freshwater springs may have inspired the myth of Athena – a fertility goddess!

It was the center of government

Acropolis means "highest point" and as the most fortified site, became the seat of Athenian kings until the realities of the republic pushed administrative buildings further out.

The original buildings were destroyed by Persians

It had been a dedicated site of worship for just 30 years before being sacked by the Persians in 480BC. Afterwards, Pericles began a construction project that lasted 50 years!

It was in relatively good condition until 1687

The Parthenon was used as an Ottoman garrison from 1458. During the Morean War, Venetian artillery blew its gunpowder supply and significantly damaged the Acropolis' temples.

Restoration began in 1975

The archaeological site is still being partly restored, but you'll see the Parthenon, Erechtheion, Temple of Athena Nike, and the Propylaea gateway among the ruins on your tour!

Acropolis of Athens: Our Tips

Booking tickets?

Admission prices begin at €12 (€6 concessions). Skip the lines by booking a tour in advance!

What are the opening times?

The Acropolis is open to visitors between 8:00AM and 8:00PM from April to October, and until 5:00PM from November to March.

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    Open daily from 8:00AM to 8:00PM in the summer, until 5:00PM in the winter.
  • What is the price?
    Adult admission tickets start at €12.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out these best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    The Acropolis is within walking distance from most hotels in city center!
  • Additional tips
    • Wear comfortable walking shoes!
    • If you're visiting in the summer heat, dress accordingly and bring some water.

What People Are Saying About Acropolis of Athens

Fantastic museum with the key pieces from the Parthenon and Acropolis

Great modern museum that does a great job at showcasing pieces from the Parthenon and other temples of the Acropolis. It provides a context to each piece allowing you to learn a lot. This museum is a great complement to the visit to the actual Acropolis, not to miss. My mobile voucher was exchanged for a ticket easily.
New Acropolis Museum: Admission Ticket Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/02/2016

Easy and comfortable way to get to see the Acropolis and the Parthenon

Even though i had always heard and read about the Acropolis and the Parthenon, it was still quite impressive to see it for real. It is absolutely huge! It is hard to believe how could it have been built more than 2000 years ago! The views from the Acropolis into Athens are also incredible. It was quite easy to find the place to exchange my mobile voucher for a ticket and then I entered the Acropolis with no problems!
Athens Acropolis and Parthenon Entrance Ticket Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/02/2016

Fantastic tour, highly recommend. Tour guide was very informative.

Thank you for a fantastic tour of the Acropolis and ancient agora. Our tour guide (Hermes) was very knowledgable about Ancient Greek history. I would highly recommend a guided tour of these sites. It added so much depth to our understanding.
Athens: Acropolis Skip-The-Line Walking Tour Reviewed by Anna, 09/30/2016

Great fun and fantastic way to see Athens.

We totally enjoyed the tour, Dimitra was a great tour guide. This is a fantastic way to see Athens. The segways are easy to ride.
Athens Acropolis 2-Hour Segway Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 09/22/2016

Brilliant guide, an overview of all sites

Laura was our guide, she was thorough and knowledgable Enjoyed all the sites in Athens And important history
Athens Highlights Walking Tour Reviewed by Denise, 09/22/2016

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