Grandmaster's Palace

Address: St George's Square (Palace Square), Valletta, VLT 1191, Malta
Telephone: 21 249 349

- Mid-range


The palace of the Grandmasters of the Knights of St John, who ruled Malta from 1530-1798.

Home to Malta’s Grandmasters from the 1570s until Napoleon booted them out in 1798, this Palace became the HQ to the British Governors of Malta until its independence in 1964. It now houses the nation’s parliament and the office of the President, as well as most of the state rooms being open to the public.

The Knights’ armoury is also here. If you are into weaponry, this has a great collection, particularly of hunting weapons but also some weapons of war (Napoleon and the British used the rest). I particularly like the helmets with eye shades to keep off the sun.

Value for money

Price advice

A combined ticket for the state rooms and armoury costs 10 euros for adults, 7 euros for over-60s and children aged 12-17, and 5 euros for children 6-11. If the state rooms are closed, the armoury alone costs 6/4.50/3 euros.


Expert tips

Admission to the armoury comes with a good audio guide but there is no information in the state rooms, so if you want to know what is what, take a good guidebook that covers the Palace interior.

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • First-time travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Sightseeing
  • Art
  • History
  • Design and architecture