We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Topkapi Palace

Cankurtaran Mahallesi, Topkapi Palace Museum, 34122 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey | Gulhane Park, near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 522 44 22
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Skip the Line: Topkapi Palace Including Süleymaniye Mosque and Ceramics...
More Info
and up
Private Tour: Istanbul’s Ottoman Experience Including Topkapi Palace and Blue...
More Info
and up
Ottoman Relics Walking Tour in Istanbul
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
This enormous palace was the Imperial residence of Ottoman sultans for almost 400 years. Although much of the palace is not accessible, the daily tours of the Harem are of great interest to tourists.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good25%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“harem area” (121 reviews)
“holy relics” (135 reviews)
“ottoman empire” (661 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Cankurtaran Mahallesi, Topkapi Palace Museum, 34122 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey | Gulhane Park, near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 522 44 22
Write a Review
Reviews (21,662)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 11,673 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This probably the most beautiful palace I have seen. We almost spent a whole day there. The outside spaces are beautiful terraces, full of intricately decorated arches, and great views over the city. The inside spaces, though mostly empty have beautifully decorated walls and ceilings,...More

Thank Terrie M
Reviewed 2 days ago

Harem was so simple but beautiful. The museum was full of ancient and antique clocks, swords and clothes which were attributed to ancient famous persons or particular period.

Thank Parissa1970
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Rent audio guide (be sure you have your national id card) go to harem it's is the nicest...don't miss the view on the bosphorus

Thank Cerine H
Reviewed 2 days ago

After entrance door, there is a maquette of Topkapi Palace, pay attention on it and it's very useful if some local guide describes each section of the palace on maquestte. During visiting this palace you can also visit following museums, Clock museum & Weapon museum,...More

Thank Afshin F
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My first time to one of the most popular sites to visit in Istanbul. In 15th century, it served as the main residence and administrative headquarters of the Ottoman sultans. Go early in morning to avoid big lineups to get in. You can buy tickets...More

Thank DreamCatcher7
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Huge rooms full of beauty. Islamic beauty on the walls and the stones. Very lovely gardens and historical place that is well saved

Thank noor k
Reviewed 4 days ago

A gorgeous old palace, covering many acres. Smaller in size to the Forbidden City in Beijing, but not by much. There are many buildings and rooms, some of which forbid photography. There are also many interesting Muslim relics on display (including a footprint of the...More

Thank Fluglotse1
Reviewed 4 days ago

An Istanbul Gem! A must see for anyone travelling in the area. It is a wonderful example of a palace. Make sure to visit the rear of the palace and look out over the Bosphorus River! It is an incredible view.

Thank Jim S
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is an amazing place to visit. A huge site so you would need at least 2-3 hours to fully appreciate it. We went about lunch time - there was a queue outside. Took about 15 minutes to get in. You should definitely pay to...More

Thank Tam1985
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

You cannot go to Istanbul and not visit this amazing Ottoman palace complex. There is a lot to see here so make sure you leave enough to time for this. There is a restaurant and cafe here but I would not recommend it due to...More

Thank Nashi B
With so many unmissable attractions within a mere
stroll of each other – and all set around the site of
an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an
overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a
prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly
epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the
Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this
relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to
Sponsored by:
Nearby Restaurants
El Pescador Restaurant
277 reviews
.44 km away
Matbah Ottoman Palace Cuisine
1,163 reviews
.44 km away
178 reviews
.44 km away
Neyzade Restaurant
536 reviews
.43 km away
Nearby Attractions
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)
33,731 reviews
.45 km away
Historic Areas of Istanbul
9,410 reviews
.45 km away
Gulhane Park
2,563 reviews
.37 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
1 October 2017|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from ChenYongHann | Reviewed this property |
Hello Assi, buy an Istanbul Card (stored value card) from any train station ..even at Taksim Square metro station. take Funicular tram (single short ride) from Taksim Square metro to Kabatas terminal. at Kabatas, change to... More
Dina N
14 September 2017|
AnswerShow all 9 answers
Response from Ali A | Reviewed this property |
You can buy the tickets before you enter.. you need either Turkish lira Or credit cards ( visa - master ) Amex is not accepted in most of locations there ..
16 August 2017|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from mohammed k | Reviewed this property |
food is all bland take some Chile sauce with you