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Palau Guell Medieval Gaudi house UNESCO World Heritage Site

Former Mansion of Eusebi Guell (and now Museum) designed by Antoni Gaudi in 1886 and Recently restored in 2011. UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Updated: Sep 16, 2021

by: Barcelona Travel Hacks

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About Palau Guell Medieval Gaudi house UNESCO World Heritage Site

Palau Guell was one of the first important commissions Antoni Gaudi received at the start of his career. Eusebi Guell (industrialist, politician and patron of the arts) wanted Gaudi to build him this peculiar urban palace as an extension of the family home on La Rambla. Construction was from 1886 to 1888

The home is centered around the main hall for entertaining high society guests. Guests entered the palace in horse-drawn carriages through the front iron gates. The horses could be taken down a ramp and kept in the livery stable in the basement where the servants resided, while the guests went up the stairs to the receiving room. The ornate walls and ceilings of the receiving room disguised small viewing windows high on the walls where the owners of the home could view their guests from the upper bedroom floor and get a sneak peek before greeting them, in case they needed to adjust their attire accordingly.

In 2004 palau Guell closed to the public for extensive renovation works including replacing some of the origional stone because of cracks that were causing structural problems within the building. Restoration work was completed in April 2011.

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Visiting Palau Guell Medieval Gaudi house UNESCO World Heritage Site

The whole building is open to the public as a museum. This includes the basement stables, First floor reception and lounges, Second floor bedrooms and bathrooms and the roof terrace.

Tip: The audio guide is included in the ticket price and comes in multiple languages but does not include headphones so take your 3.5mm jack headphones to avoid having to hold it to your ear to use the tiny inbuilt speaker.

Allow about one hour for the visit in the interior. Note that the ticket office is not in Palau Guell but in the arch to the left.

When I visited an Adult ticket price was 12 Euros in the ticket office with a 1 euro discount for purchasing online. Consult website for a list of discounted tickets.

Palau Guell Opening hours

Summer: 1st April till 30th September, From 10:00h-14:30h and 15:30-20:00h every day except Mondays.

Winter: 1st october till 31st march, From 10:00h-14:30h and 15:30-18:00h every day except Mondays.

The ticket office next to Palau Guell closes at 19:00h in the summer and 17:00h in the winter.

Because palau guell closes between 14:40 and 15:30 for a lunch break last entry in the mornings is 12:30h. Last entry in the evenings is at 17:00h.

Accessibility, mobility & Clothing for Palau Guell castle style house

The tour of Palau Guell is accessible to people who use wheelchairs. There is an elevator that connects the various floors. However the roof terrace is only accessible via stairs. Wheelchair loan service for anyone who needs a chair that is narrower than the 60 cm elevator door. The basement is accessible via spiral ramp that is probably not suitable for wheelchairs (it was designed to bring horses up from the basement stable to ground level).

A baby carrier will be offered for this with small children in push chairs.

You will be denied access with large rucksacks, bags and other over sized items so only attend with small bags.

There are no bicycle anchorage points outside Palau Guell. Bicycles in this part of town have a high probability of being stolen.

Don't forget headphones for the audio guide.

Summary of Prices

Train/Bus Fare Entry Ticket Additional Information Train/Bus Fare Entry Ticket Additional Information Adult Zone 1 T-casual € 11.00 Students, Over 65 years, 9 Euros Child T-familiar FREE For under 10 yearsGroup/Family Ticket? 10+ People - See Website.Notes 12 Euros if you pay at ticket office.Free Entry? Free 1st sunday of month.

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Getting to Palau Guell Medieval Gaudi house UNESCO World Heritage Site

Address: Carrer Nou de la Rambla 3-5, Barcelona. 08001

Nearest TMB METRO is Drasanes or Liceo, Both on the green (L3) Line.

Warning: This part of Barcelona suffers from pick pocket thieves so ensure all zips and flaps on bags are done up and keep an eye on your belongings at all times. Thieves ride past on bicycles to steal off of tables or out of hands, Or are disguised as beggers so be extra vigilant.

Public Transport Guide

Documents for Palau Guell Medieval Gaudi house UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Street Map Las Ramblas Area

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Metro Map Drassanes



Palau Guell ticket office

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Wikiloc Trail for Palau Guell Medieval Gaudi house UNESCO World Heritage Site

BCN11 - Palau Guell, Las Ramblas, Plaza Reial, plaza Catalunya

A city walk in Las Ramblas area of Barcelona via Palau Guell, Plaza Reial, Liceo Theatre, La Boqueria Sant Josep food market, las Ramblas and Plaza Catalunya

Distance: 2.22 Km

Difficulty: Easy

Return Travel Fare: T-Casual Zone 1

Transport Network: Barcelona Metro

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