Changing of the Guard at the Royal Palace in Madrid

During our Madrid Free Walking Tour you can enjoy one of the greatest shows in the city, the Changing of the Guard at the Royal Palace in Madrid!

The first Wednesday of each month the Royal Palace in Madrid is dressed up and decorated with flags to host an incredible spectacle, worthy of the most emblematic palaces in Europe.

Since it was held for the first time in 2007, the Changing of the Guard at the Royal Palace has become one of the favorite attractions for tourists and locals: more than four hundreds soldiers, vintage carriages, artillery pieces, Spanish horses and a music band.

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At 12 o’clock drums and horse footsteps resound throughout the square. The gates of the Palace open up and hundreds of soldiers, dressed in uniforms of the nineteenth century, march to the beat of the music. Definitely a show that makes all attendees shudder.

The changing of the guard at the Royal Palace of Madrid
Changing of the Guard at the Royal Palace | Image credits: Luis Kelly (Flickr / C.C.)

The event lasts approximately 45 minutes and the influx of public is considerable. In fact additional stands need to be installed to accommodate the tourists. During the ceremony are offered explanations (only in Spanish) about the different regiments of the Royal Guard, weapons, history, etc.

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Changing of the guards at the Royal Palace in Madrid
Changing of the guards at the Royal Palace in Madrid | Image credits: OgoTours

The Changing of the Guard in Madrid: Useful Information

-When? First Wednesday of each month at 12 o’clock (except August, September and January).

IMPORTANT! The Changing of the Guard will be cancelled due to adverse weather conditions

-Where? Royal Palace (Calle Bailen s/n)

-Duration: 45 minutes

-Price: Free Admission

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About Javier

Hola! My name is Javier Redondo, tour guide in Madrid for more than 8 years.
As a good "Madrileño", I love football (I support Atlético de Madrid), eating tapas and walk the cobblestone streets of old Madrid 🙂

This Madrid blog is where I share tips on popular attractions, local food and off-beat spots.

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Our groups are now limited to 10 people, therefore it is required to book your spot in advance.


Mandatory use of face masks for guides and customers. Following the Spanish legislation, the wearing of face masks in all public spaces is obligatory.


When available, we highly recommend to maintain 2-meters social distancing between all the participants of the tour.


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You will hear the explanations perfectly, as your guide will be carrying a voice amplifier.


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