Tickets for Palais des Papes

The largest Gothic palace in the world is just waiting to be explored!

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Overview
Opening hours
Today:  09:00 - 20:00
Tomorrow:  09:00 - 20:00
Saturday:  09:00 - 20:00
Sunday:  09:00 - 20:00
Monday:  09:00 - 20:00
Tuesday:  09:00 - 20:00
Wednesday:  09:00 - 20:00
Highlights
  • Explore the majestic halls and chapels of this gargantuan gothic palace – the largest of its kind in the world!
  • Learn all about the life and work of the nine popes who called the palace home, then see their intimate personal quarters
  • Marvel at priceless murals and frescoes which use innovative techniques to tell timeless stories of prophecy and faith
Description

There are palaces, and then there are palaces. This mammoth monument is the largest Gothic building in the world, and towers over the picture-perfect town of Avignon. Built by Pope John XXII (we suspect he had some help) in 1316, the Palais has hosted nine popes and countless monarchs and nobility over the years. Explore and discover this palatial piece of world history.

The 'Palace of the Popes' is officially the biggest building ever constructed during the Gothic period. When you consider this was the era of castles and fortresses, that means it's very big indeed – a testament to the sheer power and influence of the Catholic Church.

That majesty can still be felt today, and you can prepare for your jaw to drop as you explore the 25 stunning rooms. The Grande Audience Hall and Consistory are real showstoppers, while the Great Clementine Chapel has been the site of all manner of holy goings-on for hundreds of years. What's more, you'll get to see into the various private apartments where the popes lived, decorated in a naturalist style which would have been groundbreaking back in the day!

Of course, it wouldn't be a palace without some lavish decorations, and the walls and ceilings are covered with frescoes by Matteo Giovanetti and Simone Martini. It's a thrilling lesson in history as well as a living work of art, and it's also really, really big – what are you waiting for?

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Ticket features
Smartphone tickets accepted
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What's included
Entrance to the Palace
Audio guide (available on-site for €2)
Instructions

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Changing or cancelling your ticket
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Venue
Address
Palais des Papes
Place du Palais, 84000, Avignon
Key info
Audio guide
Available on-site for an additional small fee in English, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Chinese
Insider tip

Although you're likely to be transfixed by the interiors, it's worth getting on top of things and climbing the stairs to the roof(s) – you'll be rewarded with some of the best views of Avignon available!

Arne
General Counsel
Reviews
Jul 9, 2019
It was very hot in the palace almost unbearable. We didn’t enjoy it at all
Jul 1, 2019
Amazing audio guide that allows you to see the rooms as they were in the 1300s with holograms. Easy entry without waiting in line.
Jun 20, 2019
Quick access, and iPad guide very good
Jun 18, 2019
Parfait coupe-file et servis en premier pour les tablettes explicative.
Je recommande ce site
May 23, 2019
Visiting the palace is a „must“ for all those being interested in Avignon’s and church history.
Booking with tigets is easy, convenient and saves times.
Apr 28, 2019
Excellent audio and multimedia tour
Sep 28, 2018
Wonderful tour, audio system worked very well. Such history and restoration to preserve it has gone well. Stairs easy to negotiate for me despite knee problems. Glad we were able to do this. Booking tickets online was easy and worked very well. Fast service too. Definitely recommend tiqets.com.
Sep 20, 2018
Easy to purchase tickets ahead this way! Audio tour is included and is outstanding!
Aug 19, 2018
Good idea to buy tickets in advance - saves a degree of waiting but we found we still had to queue with everyone else initially
Aug 18, 2018
Amazing Palace in very good conditions and the virtual guide is absolutely outstanding. It will bring to life in an interactive 3D vídeo diverse scenes of the daily life in those days. An unforgettable visit.

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