What are the Topkapi Palace opening hours and closing times?

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Spread over almost 700,000 square meters, the massive Topkapi Palace gives you a glimpse into the luxurious lives of Istanbul's past Ottoman rulers. This giant museum is also a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO in 1985. If you’re planning a visit to this historical gem, here’s all you need to know about the Topkapi Palace opening hours and closing times. 

Topkapi Palace Opening Hours

  • Winter period: From 1st October to 1st April
    Museum, Harem, and Hagia Irene: 9 AM to 6 PM
  • Summer period: From 1st April to 1st October
    Museum, Harem, and Hagia Irene: 9 AM to 6 PM

Note: The ticket office closes at 5.30 PM.

Closures: Topkapi Palace is closed every Tuesday. Apart from that, it 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

Best time to visit Topkapi Palace

Weekdays vs Weekends

Topkapi Palace sees long queues and large crowds on Wednesdays, Fridays, and on the weekends. The number of visitors is also higher during late mornings, but they begin to taper down after 3 PM. So, it is best to visit early on weekdays or in the late afternoon to avoid the crowds.

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How long does it take to tour Topkapi Palace? 

Topkapi Palace covers an area of about 700,000 square metres and is a vast complex. You may have to walk long distances within its walls to view the courtyards, palace, harem, library, pavilions, gardens, museum, and other buildings and structures. We recommend keeping aside at least 2 to 3 hours to be able to cover the entire monument and make the most of your visit. 

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Frequently Asked Questions about Topkapi Palace opening hours

Q. What are the Topkapi Palace opening hours?

A. Topkapi Palace is open for visits every day, except Tuesdays, from 9 AM to 6 PM. 

Q. What is the Topkapi Palace closing time?

A. Topkapi Palace closes at 6 PM every day. 

Q. How long does it take 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 to 3 hours exploring the palace to make the most of your visit.

Q. What is the best time to visit Topkapi Palace?

A. Topkapi Palace is quite crowded from late mornings to early afternoons, as well as on the weekends. To avoid crowds, we recommend visiting early morning on weekdays or in the late afternoons after 3 PM. The best months to visit are from March to May and September to November. 

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.  

Q. Is Topkapi Palace open at night?

A. Topkapi Palace closes at 6 PM every evening, and so, is not open at night.