Topkapi Palace Museum
#7 in Istanbul
Enter one of the most secreted places in history. Topkapı Palace was the primary residence of Ottoman Sultans for more than 600 years and Istanbul Tourist Pass is opening the doors of this marvelous palace to you. Being the most visited museum of Turkey, the Topkapı Palace not only shows you how a Sultan’s life was, but also many exhibitions of great variety. The Topkapı Palace witnessed the Ottoman history since the conquest of Constantinople, now it is your turn…
Don’t waste valuable time you could spend inside the magnificent museum. Skip the long ticket queues and spend it witnessing the sultans’ palace instead.
The Topkapı Palace was the house of the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire, who were once ruling over lands spanning 3 continents. It was built during the reign of the sultan who conquered Constantinople, Sultan Mehmed II; used as the headquarter of the empire until the Dolmabahçe Palace was built, and converted to a museum in 1924.
The Imperial Harem was the private section dedicated to the family of the Sultan and their servants. The number of people living inside was so considerable that the harem at the Topkapı Palace included close to 400 apartments. Access to this area was usually restricted to the Sultan and very close relatives. Likewise, leaving the harem required an special authorization. The harem also had some political influence in the empire. Some of the women in it gained so much power that they had a saying in the government affairs. This was specially the case when the newly elected Sultans were not old enough to be able to rule.
An amazing half-day guided tour where you will be able to visit the magnificent palace, starting with the exterior and interior courtyards, following by a visit to all the rooms and exhibition halls (such as the imperial kitchen, treasury, arms room, and more, EXCLUDING the Imperial Harem) to end the tour at a traditional workshop to get a glimpse of Turkish arts at the Caferağa Medresi.
Avoid paying the €35 tour fee to the Topkapi Palace Museum and skip the ticket queues with Istanbul Tourist Pass.
Hours & schedule
The tour starts at 13:40.
There is a tour every day, EXCEPT Tuesdays as the museum is closed.
How to get there?
The Sultanahmet office of Istanbul Walks is located in the corner between Şifa Hamamı Sk. and Küçük Ayasofya Cd.
It is close to the end of the Sultanahmet Square, which can be reached via the T1 Tram Line's Sultanahmet Square Stop.
Address: Küçük Ayasofya Mah. Şifahamami Sok. No: 1 Kat: 1 Sultanahmet
The guided tours are performed in English.
The tour starts at the office of Istanbul Walks. Click on Get Directions above to find the location.
Istanbul Tourist Pass holders do not pay admission at the Topkapı Palace Museum. On top of that, they get to skip the ticket queues!
Please note that this attraction is not accessible with the mobile pass that is e-mailed to you after purchase or with the e-ticket on your mobile phone and you need to make a reservation to enter the museum with the tour.
Children younger than 12 years do not need an entrance ticket but will be asked to present their valid passport at the entrance of the museums in order to validate their age.
The museum is open every day except Tuesdays.
The museum is also closed during the first days of the religious holidays until the afternoon.
The tours can be canceled up to 1 business day in advance by sending an email to us or up to 24 hours in advance by sending an email to Istanbul Walks.
People Topkapi Palace Museum
"Try and get there for 9am opening time when it is nice and quiet. So much to see including many relics from a number of religions. "
"One of the best places I visited in Istanbul. Full of history. Beautifully made, defiantly worth a visit "
"Set aside atleast half a day to visit Topkapi Palace. There is a lot to see and read which will leave you mesmerised. There are breath taking views and lovely gardens to enjoy. Be sure to visit the Hareem. A must do when visiting Istanbul. ?>"