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Royal Monastery of El Escorial: Admission + Digital Royal Guide

A historical royal residence with sprawling mountainside scenery

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Wheelchair accessible
Smartphone tickets accepted

What's included

Admission to the Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial
Digital Royal Guide (PDF)
Digital and interactive Audio Guide on a tablet (if selected)

What's not included

Admission to Casita del Príncipe (available for purchase on-site)

Important information

* Recommended visit duration: 2 hours * From October-March entry is free from 15:00-18:00 (Wednesday & Thursday). From April-September, free entry is from 17:00-20:00 (Wednesday & Thursday)
  • Explore inside San Lorenzo de El Escorial in Madrid and dive into Spanish Renaissance history, including gardens, chapels, and town squares
  • Enter the monastery of El Escorial and explore Renaissance buildings, courtyards, and fountains
  • Get a free digital Tiqets Madrid Royal Guide (PDF) with your ticket. This will maximize your visit with facts and information, and show you nearby sites

Renaissance buildings, courtyards, lush forests, and fountains – the palace at San Lorenzo de El Escorial is the most important architectural monument of the Spanish Renaissance. A visit here feels a lot like stepping back in time.

This admission ticket includes an exclusive digital PDF guide to royal sites in and around Madrid. It will help you get your bearings and facts in the area.

The history of San Lorenzo de El Escorial is linked to the construction of the monastery, dated 1558. The town grew around it, sloping unstoppably on Madrid's mountains thanks to the abundance of forests, quarries, and game reserves. The addition of a prestigious address right in the heart of Spain helped too!

Check out the monastery, bejeweled with works by some of the most outstanding artists of the time. Step into the atmospheric Pantheon of Kings, home to the tombs of Spain's kings from the last 500 years. Lay your eyes on 15th and 16th-century manuscripts in the Royal Library, and refresh yourself with a drink in the shady Plaza de la Cruz, one of the cozier corners of this historical center.

Hungry? Some of the restaurants, bars, and cafés offer a real Renaissance fare. Tuck into potato omelet and sausages, or why not try some snails?

Agriculture, fishing, and hunting were popular activities at San Lorenzo de El Escorial once, and the giant, 18th-century sequoias are a true testament to the majesty of Mother Earth. Today, you can appreciate them as the locals would have five centuries ago.

  • Show your smartphone ticket at the entrance located at the north facade, and go directly to the security control
  • Please note that you will also need to show the PDF ticket that you will receive by email
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 19:00
Sunday 10:00 - 19:00
Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday Closed
Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial
Av Juan de Borbón y Battemberg, s/n, 28200, Madrid
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  • Get a full refund if you select a refundable ticket during checkout and cancel until 23:59 the day before you visit.
  • Rescheduling is not possible for this ticket.

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Robert,  United Kingdom United Kingdom
20 Apr 2024
We enjoyed our visit very much. Booking online was easy and when we got there everything worked like clockwork. The audio guides were very good.
El Escorial: Admission + Digital Royal Guide
Carla,  United States United States
29 Mar 2024
It was easy to obtain the tickets. We had no issue with entry at El Escorial. A self-guided tour was perfect for us.
El Escorial: Admission + Digital Royal Guide
barbara,  United States United States
30 Dec 2023
Toques is SO MUCH BETTER than the proprietary sites for Parc Guell, La Sagrada Familia, Casa Battlo, and La Pedrera! Those sites are the worst I’ve ever used, especially that of Parc Guell.
El Escorial: Admission + Digital Royal Guide

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