Admission is by guided tour only; the main one costs 20 lira and is all I’d recommend paying for unless you have a special interest in Baroque architecture or the late days of the Ottoman empire. It’s an extra 20 lira to see the Crystal Pavilion and the Clock Museum, and yet another 20 lira to take pictures.
Unlike at Topkapı Palace, the harem is not particularly special. If you have limited time, just take the tour of the selamlık, which comprises the men’s quarters and the building’s ceremonial halls.
- Families with teenagers
- Mature travellers
- Great views / scenery
- Design and architecture