National Palace of Ajuda
The National Palace of Ajuda, a former royal palace and a national monument, is a magnificent museum and the only palace that can be visited in Lisbon. It faithfully preserves its original 19th-century arrangement and decorations of the rooms, namely in the monarchs private quarters and throne hall. Strategically placed on the top of the hill of Ajuda, and enjoying an exceptional view over the River Tagus, the Palace houses important collections of 18th- and 19th- century decorative arts: gold and silverware, jewellery, textiles, furniture, glassware and ceramics, as well as collections of paintings, engravings, sculpture and photography.
A neo-classical building from the first half of the 19th century, the palace was the residence of the Portuguese royal family from the reign of King D. Luís I (1861-1889) to the end of the monarchy in 1910.Queen D. Maria Pia de Sabóia (1847-1911) brought life back to the palace in 1862. The original arrangement and decoration of the rooms, which have been preserved to this day, were attributed to the architect Joaquim Possidónio da Silva (1806-1896) and followed the most recent trends of comfort and hygiene typical of the second half of the 19th century. The royal princes D. Carlos (1863-1908) and D. Afonso (1865-1920) were born in the palace; the Council of State took place here and so did the court ceremonies, great balls and banquets. The palace was closed down in 1910 following the establishment of the Republic and the subsequent exile of the royal family. It reopened its doors as a museum in 1968 and still preserves the typically 19th-century room arrangement and decoration.
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- Governing body:
- José Alberto Ribeiro
- Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, Lg. da Ajuda - 1349-021 Lisboa
- Lat: 38.70775038800777 Long: -9.197777587402356
- + 351 213 637 095/ 213 620 264
How to get there: O Palácio da Ajuda situa-se no alto da Calçada da Ajuda, rua que liga a zona da Ajuda a Belém. O estacionamento é fácil nas imediações, nomeadamente no Largo da Torre a dois minutos do Palácio.
Trains: CP (linha do Estoril): estação de Belém.
Urban Bus: Carris: 18; 729; 732; 742; 60.
Boat: Terminal de Belém
Parking facilities: Parking available nearby.
Accessibility: The Palace has a wheelchair, a stair lift and a portable ramp available. There is also a lift with access to the upper floor, as well toilet facilities for wheelchair users.
Thursdays to Tuesdays from 10h00 to 18h00 (last entrance at 17h45).
Closed on Wednesdays, 1 January, Easter Sunday, 1 May, 24 and 25 December.
Standard Ticket: - 5,00 €
DGPC online tickets - buy here
Conditions of entry to DGPC Museums and Monuments – click here
The entrance is free in National Museums and Monuments at sundays and holidays until 2 p.m. for residents in Portugal.
Children aged 12 and under*
Unemployed EU citizens*
Visitors with reduced mobility (60% disability with documents to prove it) accompanied by one attendant.
ICOM, ICOMOS and APOM members
Researchers /conservators/restorers, museum and/or heritage professionals during the course of their work*
Cultural associations (exclusively for groups of friends of museums, monuments, palaces, castles and archaeological sites)*
Volunteers working for the DGPC with one accompanying person*
European Heritage Days (Sunday)
International Day of Monuments and Sites - 18 April (exclusively for DGPC Monuments)
International Museum Day - 18 May (exclusively for DGPC museums and palaces)
Late-night Museums and Thursday Nights (access restricted to activities organised by the DGPC)
Tourism professionals upon presentation of a proof of registration with the RNAAT
Journalists during the course of their work* with prior notice
DGPC employees* with 3 accompanying persons
Teachers and students of any level of education, including universities for senior citizens, during study visits duly proven, and upon prior reservation confirmed by the relevant Dependent Service*
Groups of accredited Portuguese welfare institutions or social work departments of municipalities or other public interest institutions. Prior approval is required from the DGPC executive board.
* Proof of entitlement required.
Visitors aged 65 or older* - 50%
Student’s card (not for study visits) - 50%
Youth Card - 50%
Family ticket (1/2 adults + 2 children under 18 ) - 50%
Protocols with third party institutions - 20%
Purchase of over 250 tickets per visit with a minimum 48h notice – 7.5%
Purchase of over 500 tickets per visit with a minimum 48h notice - 10%
Purchase of over 1000 tickets per visit with a minimum 48h notice - 15%
Royal Roadway – National Palace of Ajuda + Coach Museum - 7,50 €
Advance reservation required for groups exceeding 50 persons.
Concessions for bulk tickets will not apply to Combined Tickets.
All concessions applicable to individual tickets will apply to Combined Tickets and guided tours, except for guided tours after closing time.
Advance purchase vouchers are valid up to one year.
Concessions cannot be combined with any other offers.
Smoking or eating is not allowed during visits.
* Proof of entitlement required.
The Education Service has specific programmes for students from pre-school to secondary education.
For advance booking, please contact our services preferably on Wednesdays from 10h00 to 12h00 and from 14h00 to 17h00.
These were specially designed by the Palace’s education service to guide teachers and teachers’ assistants with children, youngsters and adults not requiring a guided tour. Click here
For further information, please visit the Palace’s website.
Advance booking required.
FAQs (frequently asked questions)
Presentations/ Book releasesReabertura dos museus monumentos e palácios nacionais Esperamos por si! Visite-nos!
PublicationsPalácio Nacional da Ajuda | Guia oficial
PublicationsRicordo di Venezia
Um Olhar Real — Obra Artística da Rainha D. Maria Pia
PublicationsRei D. Luís I. Iconografia
PublicationsMaria Pia de Sabóia, Rainha de Portugal. Fotobiografia
PublicationsO Palácio Nacional da Ajuda e a Sua Afirmação Como Museu
PublicationsNational Palace of Ajuda. Official Guide
PublicationsUma História de Assombro | Portugal - Japão - Séculos XVI-XX
Last change: 14 September 2020
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