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Skip-The-Line Early Entrance Tour of the Royal Palace of Madrid

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Discover the grandiose Royal Palace of Madrid with special early access and a guided tour. For a glimpse of the palace at its most spectacular, arrive before the doors open to the public, then learn the secrets of the enormous palace, whose 2,800 rooms overflow with masterpiece artwork, period décor, and architectural detail. This Royal Palace tour includes skip-the-line early admission tickets to the Royal Palace.
  • Early access and skip-the-line entrance included
  • See the official home of the Spanish royal family
  • Explore a grand palace with ornate architecture
  • Take in artwork and historic decor
  • Family friendly
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Official bilingual or monolingual guide
Skip-the-line access
Individual radioguided system
Admission to the Royal Palace.
Food and drinks
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
C. de San Nicolás, 15 , C. de San Nicolás, 15, 28013 Madrid, Spain

Julià Travel Office

Palacio Real , 28005 Madrid, Spain
Make your way to a central location in Madrid to meet a guide for the short walk to the Royal Palace. Arriving at the palace before the doors open for general admission, walk right into the official residence of the Spanish royal family without waiting in line.

Built in the ornate Italianate baroque style, the Royal Palace is one of Madrid’s top sites, and this tour of the building covers just a fraction of the thousands of rooms. As you walk with the guide, learn about the building’s architecture and remarkable treasures, from Goya paintings to Stradivarius violins, suits of armor, and royal crown collection.

The Royal Palace of Madrid has a royal pharmacy, a grand throne room, and a royal library, as well as special apartments for members of the royal family. Your guide also describes the modern-day royal events that still take place in the palace, from dinner parties to royal audiences. The tour concludes on the grounds of the palace, close to restaurants, public transit, and top attractions in central Madrid.
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Royal Palace of Madrid
Check in at our office and head to the Royal Palace with your guide, just two minutes walking distance from the same. Skip the lines and dive right into the history of this beautiful palace. Did you know its size doubles the one of Buckingham Palace? Build in an Italian baroque style, it was the former residence of the Spanish Monarchy from 1766 to 1931. Nowadays, it still is a great example of the establishment of Madrid as the capital of the kingdom. Today, it holds the most important receptions of the Spanish Crown. Know the audiences, dinner parties and signature of agreements celebrated through the years. Walk around the Armory Square. Marvel at the beautiful tapestries and elegant furniture. Follow your guide through the Grand Staircase, the Throne Room and the Banqueting Hall, among others. Once your guided visit finishes, you can visit the Royal Armory on your own. Make sure not to miss the views from the viewpoint of the Armory square!
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers, except infants (ages 0 to 4) are free with an accompanied adult
  • This is a shared group experience and may have up to 30 people per tour
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Please keep in mind that the excursion includes several visits on foot
  • Royal Palace visitors are kindly requested to respect the instructions of the Palace Security: Photography and filming are not permitted inside the exhibitions.
  • Please note that the itinerary is subject to change due to the official acts to be celebrated in the palace.
  • Failure to show up at the established check-in time may entail losing the tour.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Julia Travel S.L
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Skip-The-Line Early Entrance Tour of the Royal Palace of Madrid?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Skip-The-Line Early Entrance Tour of the Royal Palace of Madrid.
What is the policy on sanitization during Skip-The-Line Early Entrance Tour of the Royal Palace of Madrid?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Skip-The-Line Early Entrance Tour of the Royal Palace of Madrid.
What is the social distancing policy during Skip-The-Line Early Entrance Tour of the Royal Palace of Madrid?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Skip-The-Line Early Entrance Tour of the Royal Palace of Madrid.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Skip-The-Line Early Entrance Tour of the Royal Palace of Madrid?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Skip-The-Line Early Entrance Tour of the Royal Palace of Madrid.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Don't forget to visit the Armory after the tour on your own!" See review
  • "The tour is relatively short and unfortunately after the first two rooms you are not allowed to take pictures (not the fault of the tour operator)." See review
  • "Be aware in most cases it will be an English and Spanish combined tour." See review


173 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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I lost $44 never received a real ticket -- couldn't get in
, May 2022
I didn't get a real ticket. I could not enter the palace. I want a refund of $43.38 I tried downloading and emailing the real ticket but nothing wiorked
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Barbara_H I regret to learn you were not able to join the Royal Palace Tour, Please note it is a guided tour, tickets can not be downloaded. The voucher indicates the meeting point location to meet with the guide and start the tour. Best regards
The Royal Palace in Madrid is a must-go
, Apr 2022
We had a great 90 min guided tour of the Royal Palace in Madrid. The palace is truly spectacular and our guide told us many interesting facts about the previous occupants of the palace and the history of Madrid and Spain in general.
Very nice tour with a lot...
, Apr 2022
Very nice tour with a lot of interesting historical data. Guide was very nice and took his time to explain a lot details
Excellent Tour
, Apr 2022
Maria was a great tour guide, blending the artist's history and techniques, the history of art and the history of Spain and its culture seamlessly. She was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the art we saw.
Solo Travel Experience
, Feb 2022
The Royal Palace was beautiful! The tour guide was nice however I would have preferred doing a self guided tour, there are signs throughout the whole palace in English- which helped when my tour guide spent a lot of time with the other half of my group.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Allison_B I regret to learn you were not entirely satisfied, please note in your booked option is indicated the tour was bilingual. Thank you for your comment about our guide, Sincerely,
This was supposed to be...
, Oct 2021
This was supposed to be an English tour and it would have been great if that were so but the guide spoke mostly in Spanish and only added a few quips here and there in English.
Highly Recommended Tour
, Jul 2021
Excellent tour guide very knowledgeable of the history. The palace is beautiful and rich with history. A must see when visiting Madrid
Horrible cancellation policy
, Mar 2020
Unfortunately we didn't get to attend the tour because of the travel ban and closure of museums and royal palace. Also unfortunately, the cancellation policy required cancellation with a week's notice so money lost.
, Mar 2020
We had such a great tour! This palace was SPECTACULAR!!!! Our guide was very knowledgable, very easy to understand and full of great information.
The tour guide
, Mar 2020
The tour guide was very nice and knowledgeable. She made sure we saw almost everything. If we had more time she would have showed us more. I could tell she really loves what she does. She had no issue stopping and answering questions either.
Alone in the Royal Palace
, Feb 2020
Very nice. Guide full of good stories and anecdotes. Only five of us on tour. And REALLY lovely having the palace to ourselves !! Which we did! Essentially NO other people touring when we were.
Great tour
, Feb 2020
Nice tour well informed and very beautiful worth it wish they would have been an all English speaking guide instead of 3 languages but it was good must get headsets
, Feb 2020
Interesting and informative. I had a really nice time and learned a great deal about the Spanish monarchy and culture.
Must do tour
Debbie L
, Jan 2020
Wonderful tour guide who provided so many interesting facts and history. Amazing palace that is a must see with a guide so you truly understand the history of the Royal Family.
Very well done!
, Dec 2019
This was done with Julia travel which do it all right! The guide spoke good english and quickly flipped back and forth from Spanish to English. The timing was good and skipping the line is always a bonus! Very well done and would do it again with this group!
palace tour
, Dec 2019
One of the best tours we took. We had a great guide and by being the first ones to go once the palace opened we were not rushed and spent as long as we wanted in each room. It was a awesome place to visit so a must see as a first time visitor to Madrid. Just as we were leaving the first tour group caught up with us so the timing was great. highly recommend this if you are wanting to see the palace
Palace tour
Jenna B
, Nov 2019
Had a group of four friends that joined a larger tour group. It was well paced and informative. Definitely worth paying the extra to skip the line!
Missed a good one
, Nov 2019
It sounded good but after two tours my husband had sore legs and cobble stone was harder. Tried to change the time the staff was helpful was going to get afternoon or credit. They did change but I did not get answer tried. We have used you for three years and great service. Just contacting was hard if we could have credit for it would have been easier to book another day. Great service
Great experience
, Nov 2019
Only way to tour the Royal Palace. Went in private entrance and were the first group. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Be aware in most cases it will be an English and Spanish combined tour. Was not a problem, but did take loger for guide to provide info in both languages.
I was sooooooooo disappointed
, Oct 2019
I will say my review has nothing to do with Viator as a tour provider. I have done their tours and excursions in the past, and have had wonderful experiences. My complete and utter disappointment was with the rules of the palace which I feel should be disclosed before purchasing the tour. You can only take pictures in the hallways and entry way. You can take no photos of ANYTHING AT ALL that you would want to remember!!! The palace staff are incredibly rude, and again, it is so disappointing to pay money to visit such a beautiful place and not be allowed to take A SINGLE PHOTO OF THE ROOMS on the tour!!!!!!!!! Sooooooooo annoying!!!

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