Brasão da FCB

Opening times

Vila Viçosa Ducal Palace and Castle


October to May
Morning Afternoon
Tuesday Closed 14.00–17.00
Last admission at 16.00
Wednesday to Sunday10.00–13.00
Last admission at 12.00
14.00–17.00
Last admission at 16.00


June to September
Morning Afternoon
Tuesday Closed 14.00–18.00
Last admission at 17.00
Wednesday to Sunday 10.00–13.00
Last admission at 12.00
14.00–18.00
Last admission at 17.00


The museums are closed on Mondays, Tuesday mornings and public holidays.



Entry restrictions

Ducal Palace and Castle of Vila Viçosa



I. Tours take place in groups of up to 30, led by an official guide.

II. Group tours are conducted at 15-minute intervals, depending on the flow of visitors and the availability of official guides.

III. The final tour in each morning or afternoon session takes place 60 minutes before closing.

IV. Visitors are prohibited from:

- using cameras or video recording devices inside the Palace;

- using mobile phones during tours;

- entering the museums with umbrellas;

V. The following people may enter free of charge on presentation of proof, where necessary:

1 - Visitors approved by members of the Junta da Casa de Bragança and the Administrative Council;

2 - Employees of the Foundation and their families (partners, older or younger family members);

3 - People resident in the Vila Viçosa area (on Tuesdays);

4 - Groups of pupils from educational establishments and their teachers, provided that they do not exceed 50 in number, subject to prior authorisation by the Director of the Library-Museum;

5 - Members of the Associação Portuguesa de Museologia (APOM) and the International Council of Museums (ICOM);

6 - Children aged 12 and under, if accompanied by an adult;

7 - Groups of members of the Portuguese Armed Forces or Security Forces (GNR and PSP) or the Civil Protection or Fire services, provided that they do not exceed 50 in number, subject to prior authorisation by the Director of the Library-Museum;

VI. Students aged over 12 are eligible for a 50% discount, upon presentation of a student card.

VII. The Director of the Library-Museum may also grant a 50% reduction on the price of admission for groups of retired people, provided that this has previously been agreed in writing and by prior appointment, and on working days only (or, in unique circumstances, for weekend visits up to 14.00).



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