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Topkapi Palace Hours | Opening and Closing Hours

Spread over almost 700,000 square meters, the massive Topkapi Palace lets you take a peek into the luxurious lives the Ottomans once lived. This giant museum is also a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO in 1985. If you’re planning a visit to this beautiful palace, here’s all you need to know about its opening and closing times. 

Topkapi Palace Hours

Every day except Tuesdays: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Topkapi Palace Closures

Topkapi Palace is closed every Tuesday. Apart from that, Topkapi Palace is also closed on the following days. 

The 1st of May or Labor day

The first day of Ramadan

The first day of the Feast of Sacrifice

  • How long does it take to tour Topkapi Palace? 

Topkapi Palace has a huge complex and you may have to walk long distances within its courtyards. We recommend keeping aside at least 2 hours to be able to cover the entire monument and make the most of your visit. 

Best Time to Visit Topkapi Palace

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During the weekends, there are usually long queues and large crowds at Topkapi Palace, especially on Fridays and Wednesdays. There are also larger crowds at the palace on late mornings that start to taper down after 3 pm. So, either you come a little early in the morning or late afternoon to avoid the crowds.

The months of March to May and September to November are also good times to visit the palace. The weather in Istanbul is fairly pleasant during this time, even if it’s not the peak season. The hotels are also affordable in these months.

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Topkapi Palace Address

Address: Topkapi Palace Museum, Cankurtaran, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

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Topkapi Palace sits right on the edge of the Golden Horn, looking over the mighty Bosphorus river. It is well connected to the public transport system and is also easy to navigate with the help of a good navigation system. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Topkapi Palace Hours

Q. What are the Topkapi Palace hours?

A. Topkapi Palace is open for visits every day, except Tuesdays, from 9 AM to 6:45 PM in the summer and 9 AM to 4:45 PM in the winter. 

Q. What is the Topkapi Palace closing time?

A. Topkapi Palace will be closed for visits at 4:45 PM during the winter season and at 6:45 PM during the summer. 

Q. How long will it take me to visit Topkapi Palace?

A. Topkapi Palace is quite a large monument with many elements to cover. We suggest that you spend at least 2 hours exploring the palace to make the most of your visit.

Q. What’s the best time to visit Topkapi Palace?

A. Topkapi Palace is quite crowded from late mornings to afternoons. To avoid crowds, we recommend coming earlier in the morning or late afternoons after 3:30 PM. 

Q. When is Topkapi Palace closed?

A. Topkapi Palace is closed every Tuesday. Apart from that, it is also closed for visits on 1st May, 1st day of Ramadan and the 1st day of the Feast of Sacrifice. 

Q. Is Topkapi Palace open on weekends?

A. Yes, Topkapi Palace is open on the weekends. It is instead closed on Tuesdays. 

Q. Is Topkapi Palace open at night?

A. Unfortunately, Topkapi Palace closes at 6:45 PM at the latest. You will be unable to visit Topkapi Palace at night.