• Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)
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Beat the crowds with this 2-hour tour of the Royal Palace of Madrid before public opening hours. Breeze in and follow your expert guide through parts of the 'Palacio de Oriente' that most visitors don't get to see. Marvel at the fearsome collection of weapons in the Royal Armory, take in the jaw-dropping Throne Room and get a peek into ancient medicinal practices in the Royal Pharmacy. Amble through the meticulously groomed English-style gardens, the Campo del Moro. Along the way, learn about the history of the Spanish royal family through your guide's engaging narrative.

Highlights

  • Early access tour means no waiting in line
  • Learn about the history of the Spanish monarchy from your bilingual guide
  • See portions of the palace that regular visitors don't have access to
  • Walk through the lush Campo del Moro

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What You Can Expect

Early Access to Royal Palace of Madrid

Exclusive Tour Royal Palace

Make your way to the Royal Palace of Madrid, or the Palacio Real de Madrid, located in the western part of downtown Madrid. 

Arrive before the palace is open to the general public; meet your guide and breeze right through the entrance without waiting.

Marvel at the rich decorative materials used all over the castle; Spanish marble, rich mahogany and ornate windows. Walk past extensive frescoes painted by Spanish masters like Mengs, Tiepolo and Giaquinto. Learn about how the palace's decorative style has changed over the years since its construction in the 18th century. 

Visit the Royal Armory, a repository for an astonishing array of weapons, including shields and suits of armor. See the well-preserved official lounges, each decorated in a different style. Walk past the rows of bottles and containers in the Royal Pharmacy, where you will learn about 18th century medicinal practices. Feast your eyes on the opulent Throne Room, the seat of the Spanish monarchy for centuries. 

Leave the palace itself for a relaxing stroll through the Campo del Moro, an English-style garden with wonderful views of the city. Break out your camera for photos of the 2 neo-classical fountains, 'Palacio de las Conchas' and 'the Tritons'. 

Conclude your guided tour after 2 hours.

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Customer Reviews

m.c.bissonnette

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Our tour guide, Belen, was wonderful! She was very knowledgeable about her history and told it in an excellent way so that it was not boring. She had a difficult tour to lead as their was English speaking and Spanish speaking people so she had to explain in both languages, which she did very well! It was so worth paying a bit extra to get into the palace before the general public....their were only 3 small tours in at the same time and there were hundreds of people in line to get in when we got out! We basically had the place to ourselves which was a real bonus. I would do it again this way as you could hear Belen and there was no rushing or pushing to move on.

Thangam S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Great tour! Great tour guide! A must to visit the Royal Palace! Early access was wonderful! Highly recommended!

Aida P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

The early access tour was wonderful. Our guide conducted the tour in both Spanish and English and was seamless. Her professionalism and knowledge were outstanding. Informative, funny and totally enjoyable. All questions asked were addressed in both languages and she never skipped a beat. I would definitely book again with Viator and the local company Amigo Tours. Thank you for a wonderful time.

Barbara United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Great tour - the best part is the early access we were done early as well and had the rest of the day to explore the city on our own!

alandeom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Stunning palace.

Azalea S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Perfect! great guide! and very on time and well organized.

mameegan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This was an excellent tour. We were the first tour entering the palace and it was so nice not having to deal with crowds. Our guide was very knowledgeable and did a great job of providing us with both the history and art of the palace. I would highly recommend this early access tour.

dothedew2

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

I really enjoyed this tour. The tour guide was great and I learned a lot. Our group was the only people in that palace and we felt as though we had the whole place to ourselves!

Carol E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Extraordinary sights and a fun and informative guide. Early entry is definitely the way to go!

EFFROSYNI D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

It was very nice, the guide Benito is just perfect.

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