This guide to visit the Royal Palace of Madrid It will help you not to miss anything interesting about one of the most visited places in the city, which we are sure, will surprise you.
Known as Palacio de Oriente, this palace built in the 18th century by order of King Felipe V and which became one of the largest in the world, is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family, although it is currently only used for ceremonies and official acts.
Based on the two times we have visited this fantastic palace, the last time we were in the capital we wrote this guide to travel to Madrid, we show you all the useful information on how to get there, schedules, prices and type of tickets, so that you can enjoy your visit to the Royal Palace of Madrid to the fullest. We start!
How to get to the Royal Palace
To get to the Royal Palace located in the Plaza de Oriente and surrounded by the Sabatini and Campo del Moro gardens, you have several options depending on where you are staying. If your hotel is located in the center, near Puerta del Sol, you can walk along Calle Arenal or Calle Mayor in just over 10 minutes.
If you stay further we recommend you take lines 2 and 5 of the subway and get off at the Opera stop, located 5 minutes from the palace entrance. Another option is to take lines 3, 25, 39 and 148 of the urban bus.
If you have little time you can book the tourist bus, which stops at the main attractions to visit in Madrid, including the Royal Palace.
Times of the Royal Palace
The usual visiting hours of the Royal Palace are every day from 10am to 8pm from April to September. The other months it closes two hours before and the last access to the palace is one hour before closing.
We say usual schedule because by continuing to use the palace for the celebration of official events you can change or simply be closed. You can check the closing days on this official page.
In addition to these days, the palace closes on January 1 and 6, May 1 and December 25, while December 24 and 31 is open until 3 p.m.
On Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am to 12pm in summer and the rest of the year from 11am to 2pm, the Changing of the Guard takes place in the Plaza de la Armería.
After sitting for a while on their benches, you will go to the Stradivarius Hall, with several priceless violins and to finish the tour of the places to see in the Royal Palace, we recommend you enter the Crown Hall with several of the most emblematic objects of the Spanish monarchy such as the Crown and the Royal Scepter and reach the magnificent Throne Room.
When leaving the Royal Palace of Madrid you can pass through the viewpoint of Campo del Moro and enter the Royal Armory, where you can see one of the most important weapons collections in the world.