Royal Palace, Madrid

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Royal Palace of Madrid: Top 5 surprising facts about Spain's royal family

Royal Palace of Madrid architecture may not seem as impressive as Versailles from the outside, but the opulence of the interior and the Royal Palace of Madrid history will blow you away. Another bonus: So much more of this palace is open to explore freely.

  • Royal Palace of Madrid facts: The beginning

    1. Royal Palace of Madrid facts: The beginning

    The Spanish Empire’s control of Europe ended with the Battle of Rocroi in 1643, nearly a century before the Royal Palace of Madrid was built.

  • The Great Monarchies

    2. The Great Monarchies

    The Royal Family has roots in both French and British monarchies, with the House of Bourbon in the seat since 1700 and today’s King and Queen being descendants of Queen Victoria.

  • Royal Palace of Madrid Spain’s Last Resident

    3. Royal Palace of Madrid Spain’s Last Resident

    The last monarch to live in the Royal Palace of Madrid was Alfonso XIII, who ruled throughout WWI, the Rif War in Morocco and the Spanish Civil War.

  • Royal Spanish Wedding

    4. Royal Spanish Wedding

    On May 22, 2004 the Crown Prince Felipe married former news anchor Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano. It was the first true royal Spanish wedding for a century.

  • The Spanish Anthem

    5. The Spanish Anthem

    The Spanish national anthem is one that won’t inspire singing. Why? It has no lyrics. In 2008 a public contest was proposed for official lyrics, but no one agreed on the issue.

Planning Your Visit

  • Visit on a Wednesday—or don’t

    Entrance to the Royal Palace is free on Wednesdays. This means that it’s more crowded, but maybe you’ll buy one of the highly recommended guided tours without paying the entry fee. Another advantage of visiting on Wednesday is that the Changing of the Guard takes place across the street every half hour during the morning. If you’re lucky enough to visit on the first Wednesday of the month, except in summers, you’ll find 450 soldiers in parade.

  • Royal Palace of Madrid tickets

    The guided tour is fantastic for learning more Royal Palace of Madrid history—you can even go back and walk through the halls on your own afterwards. The Royal Armory, the Royal Pharmacy and the Paintings Gallery are all different tickets, too. Don’t skip the Royal Armory, its collection is one of the best in the world.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open daily October to March, 10:00AM to 6:00PM, April to September, 10:00AM to 8:00PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    Standard adult tickets start at 10€ and continue upwards with perks, tours and additional packages.
  • Will I need a guide?
    A guide is definitely worth it. Not only will you learn about the city, you'll learn a lot of great historical facts.
  • How to get there
    Bus lines 3, 25, 39 and 148 all stop near the palace, or take underground lines 2 or 5 to the Opera Station.
  • Additional information

    • Check online for updates on certain areas that may be undergoing renovations and are therefore closed.

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What people are saying about Royal Palace, Madrid

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,313 reviews

Javier and his crew were the perfect guides. We had such a nice 2 hour tour. It was our first Segway experience and they were very patient and we felt very safe with them. We enjoyed hearing about the history of Madrid and seeing the city from the Segway perspective. We will recommend them to friends who visit Madrid!!

Benito was very informative! He had a lot of interesting and entertaining things to say about the Royal Palace of Madrid. Well worth the money! I wish he and the company would have provided a radio and an earpiece so the listening experience is improved. Otherwise, excellent tour by Benito!

Our guide, Benny, was delightful. He was very knowledgeable of the site and was able to answer questions as they came up. He also made sure to point out the church and palace armory as places not to miss before we departed.

Easy to get tickets online. Instructions to meet guide were clear and easy to follow. All three of us agreed that having your guide for the Royal Palace significantly enhanced ourexperience.

David was great- very knowledgeable about history, politics and art. It was a small group and he made sure he answered all our questions. How can he remember so many details?? Great guide!