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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 Small Group Tour
Chapultepec Castle & National Museum of Anthropology Small Group Tour
$41.00 per adult
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Chapultepec Castle
We had a wonderful guide who was personable, knowledgable and made the tour interesting. He was able to point out the different timelines of the history of Mexico and the Castle.
JamesG_B, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Mexico City

star-5
Great experience!
Emilia_J, Oct 2021
Mexico City: Chapultepec Castle & Anthropology Museum Private Tour
Sylvia was the best tour guide we had in Mexico City. I wish we had known about her sooner in our trip. She is very knowledgeable, patient and we enjoyed the tour very much. I highly recommend her as a guide.
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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
Priceless experience! Our tour guide Jorge was entertaining and very knowledgeable!
Eddie_F, Jul 2021
Private Tour in Mexico City Downtown & Anthropology Museum & Chapultepec Castle
Very interesting tour! Our tour guide Jorge was funny, down-to-earth, very learned and able to explain artifacts and history in detail and in practical sense. We enjoyed Jorge’s company and our driver Hector was very accommodating and helpful too. They both recommended some of the best Mexican food in the city. They’re both entertaining! Love it! Highly recommended tour! This tour is a must!
star-5
Museum and Castle
CAROLINE, Jul 2021
Chapultepec Castle & National Museum of Anthropology Small Group Tour
Andres is a great tour guide! Very knowledgeable and explained all clearly. Also very accommodating.
star-5
5-Star Castle & Anthropological Museum Tour
Rick_E, Sep 2021
Private Tour Museum of Antropology and Chapultepec's 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.
star-5
José Luis made this very special for our family
Navpreet_K, Aug 2021
Chapultepec Castle and Park Private Walking Tour
José Luis was a wonderful tour guide. He was really attentive to my mom having diabetes, he pointed out every restroom she could use and happily took many breaks for pictures & rest. He was also really patient waiting when we would translate to our parents after he explained in English. He adjusted the picnic so we would have vegetarian options as well. This tour was one of the most memorable parts of our trip. The tickets & lunch were included, as well as pickup to and from our hotel. The tour lasted about 3-4 hours.
star-5
Beautiful Chapultepec castle !
Arisdelzy_V, May 2021
Chapultepec Castle & National Museum of Anthropology Small Group Tour
My family and I enjoyed this tour. Our tour guide was Fabio. The tour was informative and our tour guide was extremely detailed and knowledgeable. My favorite part was the Chapultepec castle! I highly recommend this tour!
star-5
Amazing tour!
Laura_G, Mar 2020
Chapultepec Castle and Park 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
Private Tour Museum of Anthropology and Chapultepec Castle
jamalaK4747IN, Nov 2019
Private Tour Museum of Anthropology and Chapultepec Castle.
We enjoyed the tour and appreciated the information provided by the guide. He was very friendly, courteous and knowledgable
star-5
Amazing Guide with good English
ArthurRoy_R, Sep 2019
Private Tour Museum of Anthropology and Chapultepec Castle.
Jose Luis was our guide. They were punctual, and very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. After the tour he even asked us about our food preference and made reservations and dropped us there. It was private tour - I would highly recommend.
star-5
Great day of touring with Jorge of Aztec Tours
Sheela_Z, Mar 2020
Private Tour in Mexico City Downtown & Anthropology Museum & Chapultepec Castle
Jorge provided impeccable service to us during our day together. As soon as I made the booking, Jorge reached out via What'sApp to firm up the details and get a sense of our priorities. He offered to make reservations for us, sent over some suggestions for other parts of our trip and then provided details for our pick up. Jorge was right on time for the pick up. We were able to do an incredible amount in one day -- from the Anthropology museum, viewing Diego Rivera's most famous murals, to the ruins in the city. Since we didn't have time to fit in the castle, he offered to take us the castle on another day for free. So we met him there on Sunday (and of course provided a tip). He was over the top nice, accommodating and fun. Great job, Jorge!
star-4
Amazing museum
Katrina_K, Mar 2020
Chapultepec Castle & National Museum of Anthropology Small Group Tour
The guide was very knowledgeable. I would have preferred a little less time in the castle and more time with the guide in the Anthropology museum

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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