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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

Winter: From October 30th to April 15th

Museum, Harem and Hagia Irene: 9 AM to 4:45 PM

Summer: From April 16th to October 29th 

Museum, Harem and Hagia Irene: 9 AM to 6 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. 

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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 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 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 PM at the latest. You will be unable to visit Topkapi Palace at night.