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Sao Jorge Castle | A testament to Lisbon's medieval history

Perched atop Lisbon's picturesque hills, Sao Jorge Castle beckons travelers with a timeless allure. This historic fortress, dating back over a millennium, offers a captivating blend of panoramic city views, rich heritage, and enchanting gardens. Explore its ancient walls and immerse yourself in Lisbon's captivating past while savoring breathtaking vistas.

Things to know before booking Sao Jorge Castle tickets

Online vs. onsite tickets: Purchase tickets online to skip long queues, especially during peak tourist seasons. Online tickets often come with discounts and convenience.

Guided tours: São Jorge Castle offers guided tours for a deeper understanding of its history. Decide if you prefer exploring independently or with a knowledgeable guide.

Skip-the-line tickets: These tickets offer you quick access to the castle and also include an audio guide.

Age/height limits: Note that there are no specific age or height limits for entry. However, be aware that the castle's uneven terrain and steep slopes may not be suitable for strollers or very young children.

Accessibility: The castle has limited wheelchair accessibility due to its historical architecture. Guests with mobility issues may face challenges navigating certain areas.

Why visit Sao Jorge Castle?

St George Castle

Which Sao Jorge Castle ticket is best for you?

Sao Jorge Castle Entry Tickets

If you are short on time

Go for: Skip-the-line tickets
Duration: Flexible
Guide: Audioguide

  • These entry tickets provide skip-the-line access, allowing you to bypass long queues.
  • Take advantage of the audio guide to enrich your experience with historical context and interesting facts.
  • The audio guides are downloadable, so you can gain further insights into the monument.

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Skip-the-Line Tickets to St. George Castle with Audio Guide

Sao Jorge Combo Tours

If you want to explore beyond

Ticket type: Combo tours
Duration: Flexible
Guide: Audio guide

  • Explore other popular attractions in Lisbon along with the Sao Jorge Castle, such as Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery, and more.
  • Enjoy skip-the-line access to some of the most-visited destinations in Lisbon

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Combo (Save 5%): St. George’s Castle + Belém Tower + Jerónimos Monastery Tickets

Sao Jorge Castle Guided Tour

If you are a history buff

Ticket type: Guided tours
Duration: 2 hours
Guide: Professional tour guide

  • Enjoy a comprehensive and in-depth experience of Sao Jorge Castle with the help of a professional tour guide who will accompany you, allowing you to truly understand the history and significance of the attraction.
  • Guided tours are available in English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French.

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2-Hour Guided Tour of St. George’s Castle

Cancellation Policy: You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Highlights of Sao Jorge Castle (St George Castle)

Sao Jorge Castle Gardens

The garden of the Sao Jorge Castle

There are several reasons to visit Sao Jorge Castle. The massive green spaces inside it are one of them. The garden is home to Portugal's primary native species and houses trees like cork oak, olive, carob, strawberry, and umbrella pine. You can also see various free trees in the gardens dedicated to the vegetable garden of the Royal Palace of Alcáçova.

Sao Jorge Castle Black Chamber

Black Chamber

Head to the Black Chamber in St George Castle to catch unbeatable views of Lisbon. The optical system of lenses and mirrors in the Black Chamber provides 360º views of the city in real time. You can see Lisbon's famous monuments, riverfront, and houses from the Black Chamber. The mirrors provide incredible detail; you can even see people walking their dogs and locals at their windows kilometers away from the Black Chamber.

Sao Jorge Castle Permanent Exhibition

Permanent Exhibition

From the Romans to the Visigoths and the Moors, Sao Jorge Castle served as the home of several dynasties throughout history. The castle still has several remnants of its past, with the permanent exhibition housing a collection of objects found in the archaeological area. The exhibits provide insight into various cultures and lifestyles that existed in Lisbon from the 7th century BC to the 18th century.

Sao Jorge Castle Ruins

Ruins of the former Royal Palace of the Alcáçova

Sao Jorge Castle is also home to annex buildings like the former Royal Palace of the Alcáçova. The royal palace was destroyed in the earthquake of 1755, but its traces remain at the Sao Jorge Castle. The building now houses the Permanent Exhibition, cafés, and Casa do Leão Restaurant. The romantic garden and patio have unique architectural features that provide insight into the former majesty of the royal residence.

Sao Jorge Castle Archaeological Site

Archaeological Site

Sao Jorge Castle is one of the most famous archaeological sites in Lisbon. The ruins found in the castle hold evidence of three periods in Lisbon's history: the first known settlement from the 7th century BC, the second from the Moorish era residential area from the mid-11th century, and the third from the last palatine residence in the former alcáçova. This makes Sao Jorge Castle Lisbon's most impressive archaeological site.

Sao Jorge Castle Viewpoint


Lisbon is home to seven hills. San Jorge Castle stands on top of São Jorge, the highest of the seven hills. This makes it a great location to get a bird's eye view of Lisbon. Cross Praça de Armas, the main square, and you'll see an area where you can get panoramic views of the center of Lisbon.

Plan your visit to Sao Jorge Castle (St George Castle)

Opening hours
Getting there
Access & entrances
Sao Jorge Castle
Sao Jorge Castle Entrance
  • Rua de Santa Cruz is the main entrance to Sao Jorge Castle.
  • As far as parking is concerned, you can park your vehicle at Portas do Sol e Praça da Figueira.
  • There are three restrooms, with one restroom available for disabled individuals.
  • Personalized services are available for individuals with reduced mobility.
  • Guide and assistance dogs are also welcome at Sao Jorge Castle.
Sao Jorge Castle Facilities
  • Sao Jorge Castle has a café and a restaurant (Casa do Leão).
  • You can explore the castle at your leisure and refresh yourself at the café and restaurant.
  • The monument also has several restrooms to provide a comfortable experience.
  • Wheelchair accessibility is available all over Sao Jorge Castle, which ensures people with reduced mobility enjoy a good time.
Dining options near Sao Jorge Castle
Hotels near Sao Jorge Castle

Lisbon is an attractive tourist destination partly because of its mix of accommodation options. From five-star hotels to budget stay options, Lisbon has everything. Hotel Portuense Lisboa, Mouraria Lisboa Hotel, and Dalma Old Town Suites, Lisbon, are a few options you can consider if you want to stay close to Sao Jorge Castle.

Beyond Sao Jorge Castle (St George's Castle)

Alcobaça Monastery
Batalha Monastery
Pena Palace
Jeronimos Monastery
Belém Tower
National Pantheon
Rue Augusta Arch

Rue Augusta Arch

A majestic triumphal arch in the heart of Lisbon's downtown, it marks the entrance to the bustling pedestrian street.

Frequently asked questions about Sao Jorge Castle

Is Sao Jorge Castle accessible for a person with disabilities?

Sao Jorge Castle has some accessibility features. There is an accessible route with a ramp from the entrance, a wheelchair-accessible toilet, and staff willing to help. However, most paths are uneven cobblestones, and many areas, including the castle walls and towers, involve stairs. They offer two wheelchair tractors to assist with movement, but the terrain might still be challenging.

Is there a time limit on my visit? How long does a visit take?

There is no strict time limit on how long you can stay at Sao Jorge Castle. A typical visit lasts 1-2 hours, depending on how much you want to explore.

Is Sao Jorge Castle free for children? How much does it cost for a child ticket?

Children under 6 years old enter Sao Jorge Castle for free. Discounted rates are available for children aged 6-11 years old.

Are there toilets or baby changing facilities?

Yes, Sao Jorge Castle has toilets, including one accessible toilet with baby changing facilities.

Are there cafes and gift shops at Sao Jorge Castle?

Yes, there is a cafe and a restaurant (Casa do Leão) on the castle grounds, along with a gift shop.

What are the timings for Sao Jorge Castle?

The timings for Sao Jorge Castle during the summer (1 March to 31 October) are Monday to Sunday - 9am to 9pm and during the winter (1 November to 1 February) Monday to Sunday - 9am to 7pm.

What is the best way to get to Sao Jorge Castle?

The castle is located on a hill in the city center. Public transportation (trams and buses) is the recommended way to get there, as parking is very limited near the castle.

What should I wear when visiting Sao Jorge Castle?

Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking on uneven surfaces. Lisbon's weather can vary, so dress accordingly. Layers are recommended for year-round comfort.