Explore at least a few of the 2,000 lavishly decorated rooms of the historic Royal Palace of Madrid, considered one of the finest buildings in the city. Take the grand stairway to discover the state rooms, noted for their detailed tapestries, frescoes, porcelain, carvings, china, and silverware. The courtyard connects to both the old pharmacy, which holds hundreds of bottles of centuries-old medicines, and the royal armory, a two-level exhibit of medieval weapons and armor. Although the enormous palace is the official residence of the King, the royal family doesn’t actually live here; the site is generally used for state ceremonies. Avoid visiting on Wednesdays, when entry is free and the lines are extremely long. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Madrid holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Royal Palace of Madrid and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
Tours To Royal Palace of Madrid
Hapsburgs Madrid and Royal Palace Guided Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $58
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Early Access to Royal Palace of Madrid BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $35
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Royal Palace of Madrid Reviews
This is one of the most beautiful palaces I have ever seen. I couldn’t take many pictures inside but trust me , buy some tickets in advance and go check this palace out! more »
Our bus dropped us off near the entrance to the Alcazar (castle) former residence of the Hapsburgs from 1765 to 1931. During end of that dynasty, during the Second Spanish Republic, the palace and... more »
One of the best Palaces’ in Europe and perhaps the most underrated. The rooms are extremely well kept and dare I say ‘move in ready.’ I found the entire property to be more impressive than Windsor Castle or any of the Palaces In Vienna. The biggest downfall is you cannot take pictures inside the building. I highly recommend a visit.
A very beautiful building. We stopped here when we had a day layover coming back from Croatia. The artwork and design of the building from the inside and out was breathtaking. I would definitely recommend checking it out if you have the chance to spend some time in Madrid!
Places to stay near Royal Palace of Madrid
Plan your trip to Madrid
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
View all ›
View all ›
Hidden gems in Madrid
View all ›
View all ›
Nearby attractions in Madrid
Plans to Royal Palace of Madrid by other users
16 days in Madrid & Italy BY A USER FROM COSTA RICA March, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 30 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 14 days in Spain, Morocco & Portugal BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 23 days in Portugal, Italy & Spain BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 21 days in Spain BY A USER FROM CANADA June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 13 days in Spain BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium