The Alcazar of Seville - Practical information
ENTRANCE AND EXIT
You enter the Alcázar though the red Puerta del Leon (Lion’s Gate) situated at the corner of Calle Miguel de Mañara and Calle Santo Tomas. The exit is on Patio de Banderas, which leads back onto Plaza del Triunfo, and also into Barrio Santa Cruz via Calle Juderia.
October to March: 9.30am - 6pm
April to September: 9.30am - 8pm
Night visits (see below)
March and October: every half hour from 7.30pm to 9pm
April to September: every half hour from 9pm to 10.30pm
Ground floor only
General admission: €12.50
Seniors and students aged 17-25: €4
Disabled, aged under 16, born/resident in Seville city, unemployed and born/resident in Seville province: €1
Monday afternoons (see hours below): €1 if booked in advance, free on the door
Ground and first-floor (Cuarto Alto Real, Royal Apartments):
NB The last timed admission is at 1.30pm.
General admission: €17
Seniors and students aged 17-25: €8.50
Disabled, aged under 16, born/resident in Seville city, unemployed and born/resident in Seville province: €5.50
Audio guide: €6
(aged over 8 only): €14
Note that it’s worth booking your entrance ticket (by timed slot) well in advance, as they sell out fast; the queue for on-the-day tickets can be long. Be aware also that there’s a security check at the entrance, where bags are scanned in a machine.
When you book your ticket, bear in mind that the upstairs apartments are not part of the general entrance. Audioguides are also extra.
On Monday afternoons, as for many other monuments in Seville, entrance is free. This is bookable in advance (though you have to pay a €1 booking fee), but if you want to get your ticket on the day (100% free), arrive early as it’s a popular time to visit. April to September 6-7pm, October to March 4-5pm
DRAMATIZED NIGHT VISITS
These excellent tours, which take place on selected nights from March to October, bring the palace’s long and complex history to life, transporting you back in time to diverse cultures from many centuries ago.
Taking place at night, these are in Spanish only, with costumed characters from different historic periods of the Alcázar (Al-Mutamid; King Pedro I and Maria de Padilla; Queen Isabella II, mother of Alfonso XII) telling you their stories, showing you their own parts of the palace, and explaining what happened there.
OUTDOOR SUMMER CONCERTS
In summer (June to August), a festival of open-air evening concerts is held in the gardens. The programme includes jazz, flamenco, classical and medieval music, with performers using a temporary stage at the corner of the Grutesco Gallery; concerts start at 10.30pm. Entrance is from the rear corner of the gardens, at the bottom of Calle San Fernando next to Oriza restaurant.
Tickets are reasonably priced, and the gate opens at 9pm so you can enjoy the gardens at night before the performance starts.
CAFÉ AND SHOP
As you’d expect, the shop is excellent – as well as the predictably overpriced branded souvenirs, there’s a decent selection of books on history, art and architecture, and some great gifts, including seeds of plants grown in the gardens (look out for the map detailing every plant). The stunning Arabic geometric tile designs adorn everything from mugs to bags, scarves and cushion covers.
The café, through the Marchena Gate and past the Grutesco Gallery, has lovely outside tables where you can watch the peacocks strut. Service is patchy though, and the choice of food is limited.