Visitor Information

  • Opening Hours

If you're planning on visiting Topkapi Palace, here are important visitor information, including the opening hours, closing times, and the best time to visit.

Topkapi Palace Opening Hours:

Summer Season: From April 1st to October 1st. Museum, Harem and Hagia Irene: 9 AM to 6 PM

Winter Season: From October 1st to April 1st. Museum, Harem and Hagia Irene: 9 AM to 4:45 PM

Closing Days: Topkapi Palace is closed every Tuesday.

In addition, the palace is closed on: The 1st of May, The first day of Ramadan, The first day of Sacrifice Feast. 

Last Admission: The last admission is one hour before closing time. 

Best Time to Visit Topkapi Palace

Best Time to Visit Topkapi Palace

The best time to visit the palace is early in the morning to beat the crowds, allowing you ample time to explore at your own pace. 

You can also visit in late afternoon, around 4pm or 5pm in summer, to make the most of the beautiful golden light that fills the palace at this time of day.

It's advisable to visit Topkapi Palace on weekdays to avoid weekend crowds. The busiest months are April through October, so plan your trip accordingly

Fourth Courtyard

How Much Time Should I Plan to Visit Topkapi Palace?

For your visit to Topkapi Palace, allocating a minimum of 2 hours is recommended. 

However, if you aspire to explore all its sections, including the Harem, and immerse yourself in the diverse collections, it's advisable to plan for a half-day excursion.

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