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Chapultepec Castle (Castillo de Chapultepec)
Chapultepec Castle (Castillo de Chapultepec)

Chapultepec Castle (Castillo de Chapultepec)

Bosque de Chapultepec I Secc,, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal, 11100

The Basics

Chapultepec Castle (Castillo de Chapultepec) served as the presidential residence until 1939, soon after which it became home to the National Museum of History (Museo Nacional de Historia); today it also serves as a venue for concerts and theater productions. A stroll through the museum halls followed by a tour of the sprawling castle grounds is a perfect way to spend an afternoon in Mexico City. Don’t forget to pack a camera—the views from Chapultepec Hill are some of the best in the city.

Visit the castle independently or as part of a Mexico City sightseeing tour by bike, by Segway, or on foot. Avoid long waits at the entrance with prebooked skip-the-line admission, or choose an early-access tour and get in before the crowds.

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Chapultepec Castle & National Museum of Anthropology Monolingual Tour
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Chapultepec Castle & National Museum of Anthropology Monolingual Tour
$37.00 per adult
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Phenomenal experience!
Our guide made the anthropological museum easy to understand and navigate. The Castle was phenomenal, a beautiful and interesting history bought to life by our tour guide Lelita.
Marie_F, Apr 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Mexico City

star-5
A day well spent!
Anna_Z, May 2022
Private Tour in Mexico City Downtown & Anthropology Museum & Chapultepec Castle
Jorge and Gabriel ( the driver ) showed up right on time. Jorge’s prior experience in teaching shows in his demeanor. His tour was entertaining and informative. Even though it was an all day affair we didn’t get tired of Jorge because there was a perfect balance between the time we spent together and our free time to explore on our own and take pictures.
star-5
Recommended
Kim_M, Apr 2022
Chapultepec Castle & National Museum of Anthropology Monolingual Tour
Learned a lot of this country’s history from a very knowledgeable guide. I recommend this tour. Good pace for get our.
star-4
Split the tours
Christina_N, Apr 2022
Chapultepec Castle & National Museum of Anthropology Monolingual Tour
The Anthropology museum has free tours every two hours, there's no need to purchase that, but I did enjoy the Chapultepec tour. If I did this again I would separate these tours. I felt too rushed at the Chapultepec castle
star-5
Wonderful tour!
Richard_B, Mar 2022
Private Tour Museum of Anthropology and Chapultepec Castle.
Ramon was our guide. He was super friendly, had amazing knowledge and provided a great experience for us! We learned so much about the culture and history. It was a truly amazing day!
star-5
Our experience in Mexico city
Skip_b, Mar 2022
Private Tour Museum of Anthropology and Chapultepec Castle.
Vero was amazing. She was very informative and energetic. First time to the city. We will definitely recommend this tour. Thank you!
star-5
A fantastic tour!
Glen_W, Mar 2022
Chapultepec Castle and Anthropology Museum Private Walking Tour
Fabio was an excellent and passionate guide that brought the museum, Mexico and its history to life.
star-5
Great experience
jorge_r, Apr 2022
Chapultepec Castle & National Museum of Anthropology Monolingual Tour
The experience was wonderful. Very informative. Small group during the tour was great. Our guide was excellent
star-5
A Full Day of learning and enjoyment with Jorge Luis!
Rui_T, Jan 2022
Private Tour in Mexico City Downtown & Anthropology Museum & Chapultepec Castle
Jorge Luis did a fantastic job during this tour. He provided fascinating information, and he was very flexible to adapt to our asks in different parts of the city. The tour is very informative and full of great things to see and learn. We love the opportunity to get to the Torre Latinoamericana and enjoy the great city view from above.
star-5
In depth Mex history for 1821-1915.
Howard_B, Sep 2021
Castle chapultepec
Wonderful tour and guide! Lots of post Spanish conquest information. In depth info and a must see to understand Mexican history from 1821 to 1915.
star-5
Mexican Treasures
Micheal_c, Mar 2022
Chapultepec Castle & National Museum of Anthropology Monolingual Tour
The complexity of making and keeping Mexico so beautiful. With its complicated and ever changing political history, 2000BC to present this vast land mass holds so many natural, WoMan made objects and spiritual dimensions I now want to stay.
star-5
Amazing tour!
Laura_G, Mar 2020
Chapultepec Castle and Anthropology Museum Private Walking Tour
Absolutely wonderful tour! My husband and I learned so much from Alicia our tour guide. I had visited the castle before but I found out so much information that I didn’t know prior thanks to how knowledgeable Alicia was. She answered all our questions and had such an easy doing disposition. My husband and I had a blast! Would highly recommend!
star-5
5-Star Castle & Anthropological Museum Tour
Rick_E, Sep 2021
Private Tour: Museum of Anthropology and Chapultepec Castle.
The tour guide and driver picked us up at your hotel - fantastic and so easy for my wife and I! Chapultepec Castle looks like it was teleported from Europe, you’ll recognize a bit of Windsor Castle & Versailles. Our guide filled us with info on the origins of the Mexican people, the many revolutions and great details on Mexican leaders through the years - both good and bad rulers. Castle has beautiful gardens and courtyards, this was the “Mexican White House,” and is furnished with historical furniture and the array of jewels and work done by craftsmen will stun anyone who doesn’t think Mexicans as world-class craftsmen! This is an aggressive walking tour that takes you through Chapultepec Park, twice the size of Central Park. Don’t visit the Anthropological museum or castle without a guide - you’ll waste too much time trying to figure out what to see! It would take 3 or 4 days to tour and grasp the entire anthropological museum, but the guide packed the most critical and informative aspects into a great tour! Aztecs, Mayans and every other ancient Mexican civilization is featured - and a couple of tombs on display are massive & beautiful! Go early to the castle because it gets very crowded by noon. This was an entertaining tour because our guide was an encyclopedia of into. Having a driver allows the drive to focus on info during the drive to the castle, then the driver meets you and the guide at the museum with tickets - that mean in waiting in lines! Spend some time enjoying the Tree of Life “waterfall” - the work done by sculptors both past and present are on display throughout the museum. You’ll build an appetite during this tour - and that workout can be rewarded with a big, tasty dinner at one of dozens of great restaurants in the Polanco neighborhood - the most beautiful and exclusive n’hood is all of Mexico City. I’d suggest staying in the Polanco due to its beauty, food, architecture and a true n’hood feel. It feels like one of those old NYC n’hoods from back in the day, with residents easily mixing with tourists as they sit side by side at indoor/outdoor eateries.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Chapultepec Castle and the history museum are must-sees for history and architecture enthusiasts.

  • Buy advance tickets to avoid waiting in line at the ticket booth.

  • Expect to spend a few hours exploring the collections and major exhibitions.

  • If you go on your own, it’s worth paying a small fee for the audio tour in English.

  • Wear comfortable walking shoes, especially if you plan to explore the vast park, which is double the size of New York’s Central Park.

  • The castle is accessible to wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

The castle is located on Calz del Rio in Chapultepec Park and is easily accessible via public transportation. Take the metro to Auditorio (Line 7) or Chapultepec (Line 1) stations, or hop on the Chapultepec–Centro Historico Turibus.

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When to Get There

Chapultepec Castle is open 9am to 5pm Tuesday to Sunday. The castle offers free admission to Mexico residents on Sundays, which typically means bigger crowds. See it at its least busiest by visiting during the week.

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Chapultepec Park

Chapultepec Park, located in the center of Mexico City off Paseo de la Reforma Avenue, is one of the world’s largest city parks. It spans 1,695 acres (686 hectares) and is divided into three sections. The first section is the park’s oldest and most visited, as it houses most of the popular attractions, including the castle, National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropología), Modern Art Museum (Museo Arte Moderno), National Auditorium (Auditorio Nacional), Rufino Tamayo Museum (Museo Rufino Tamayo), and Chapultepec Zoo (Parque Zoológico de Chapultepec).

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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