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.
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:
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.
A. Topkapi Palace is open for visits every day, except Tuesdays, from 9 AM to 6 PM.
A. Topkapi Palace closes at 6 PM every day.
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.
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.
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.
A. Yes, Topkapi Palace is open on the weekends.
A. Topkapi Palace closes at 6 PM every evening, and so, is not open at night.