Regular admission is 20 lira; it’s worth paying the extra 15 lira to explore the harem as well.
The former palace gardens, now called Gülhane Park, are free to the public and a rare oasis of green and calm in one of the most crowded, hectic parts of the city.
Allow plenty of time to explore the palace’s many corners; you can easily spend a half-day within the complex.
Queue up by 8.45am to be one of the first in and head straight to the harem and the treasury, the most popular parts of the palace.
- Culture vultures
- Great views / scenery
- Design and architecture