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Visiting the São Jorge Castle in Lisbon

St George Castle is a symbol of Lisbon’s marvellous past. Established by the Romans in 200 BC, the castle sits pretty atop São Jorge hill, Lisbon's highest, acting as a guardian to the city. Its location is amazing to catch panoramic views of Portugal’s capital. Use this guide to plan your visit to the castle.

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What are the São Jorge Castle opening hours?

Summer Schedule (March 1st to October 31st): 9am to 9pm, with last entry at 8.30 pm.

Winter Schedule (November 1st to February 28th/29th): 9am to 6pm, with last entry at 5.30 pm.

Last Entry: 30 minutes before closing time.

Closed: 1 January, 1 May, 24 and 25 December.

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What's the best time to visit São Jorge Castle?

Apart from its history and stunning views, Sao Jorge Castle offers visitors the opportunity to explore its various gardens and rooms, which are a true marvel to behold. From the Castle's impressive keep to its Gothic-style chapel, visitors can immerse themselves in the castle's rich history, culture, and architecture.

To get the most out of your visit, it is recommended to visit Sao Jorge Castle early in the morning, as the crowds tend to increase later in the day. On weekdays, there are fewer people visiting, making it easier to explore the castle at your leisure. During the summer months, there are fewer crowds, which is another reason why this is an excellent time to visit the castle.

Where is São Jorge Castle located?

Address: R. de Santa Cruz do Castelo, 1100-129 Lisboa, Portugal

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Sao Jorge Castle sits atop Lisbon's highest hill, São Jorge. It offers spectacular views of Lisbon city and the gorgeous Tagus River.

Closest Landmark: Santa Luzia Belvedere (290 m)

Getting to the São Jorge Castle in Lisbon

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By Metro

Closest Station: Rossio

Duration: 15 minutes

  • Rossio is the nearest metro station, eight minutes from the castle.
  • You can take the metro route from Parque Colombo, Lisboa or from Urb. da Ribeirada, Odivelas to reach Rossio metro station.
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By Bus

Closest Stop: Praça Do Comércio

Duration: 11 minutes

  • Praça Do Comércio is the closest bus stop to Sao Jorge Castle.
  • It is connected to bus routes: from Ubbo, Amadora, from Restelo, Lisboa, from Parque Colombo, Lisboa, from Cristo-Rei, Almada, and from Edifício Atlas I, Oeiras.
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By Taxi

Duration: 12 minutes

  • Taxi is an easy way to reach Sao Jorge Castle, but more expensive than public transport.
  • You can take a taxi from Lisbon city center and reach Sao Jorge Castle in 12 minutes.
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By Car

You can also travel by car to Sao Jorge Castle, but ensure you park downtown on the waterfront. The streets leading to the castle are narrow, with no parking available.




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  • Café and restaurant: Sao Jorge Castle has a café and a restaurant (Casa do Leão), allowing you to explore without draining yourself out.
  • Restrooms: The castle has several restrooms. They’re adapted for individuals with disabilities, ensuring everyone can use them.
  • Guide dogs: Guide and assistance dogs are welcome inside Sao Jorge Castle.
  • Priority service: Individuals with mobility issues get priority service at the castle. It also has wheelchair accessibility throughout the complex.
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Audio guides are available for the Sao Jorge Castle tour.

  • Self-paced tour: Explore at your own pace.
  • Multilingual support: Available in several languages, making it easy for tourists to understand.
  • Interactive experience: Engaging content like stories, anecdotes, and historical facts keeps tourists engaged.
  • Enhanced learning: Detailed description of history and significance makes the tour more enriching and educational.
  • Cost-effective: Cheaper than personal guides. A readily available and affordable option for learning about the castle's history.
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  • Photography for personal use is allowed inside Sao Jorge Castle. But ensure you inform the staff if you intend to use the pictures and videos for commercial use.
  • Pets, except guide dogs covered by Decree-Law n.º 118/99 published in the Diário da República n.º 87/1999, Series I-A of 1999-04-14, are not allowed inside Castelo de São Jorge.
  • Feeding peacocks at the castle is prohibited.
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Lisbon Cathedral - An iconic religious building in Lisbon, the Lisbon Cathedral has been with Lisbon through thick and thin. Built on the site of an ancient mosque, Lisbon Cathedral saw the baptism, marriage, and passing of Portugal kings and queens.

Lisbon Military Museum - Lisbon Military Museum is the oldest museum in the city, dating back to the end of the 19th century. It has one of the world’s largest artillery and war-related antique collections.

Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara - An iconic observation point in Lisbon, Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara offers panoramic views of the city. You can see attractions like Avenida da Liberdade, Restauradores and Baixa, and Castelo de São Jorge.

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  • Hotel Portuense Lisboa - This two-star hotel is reasonably priced and is just five minutes from Rossio metro station, the closest station to Sao Jorge Castle.
  • Mouraria Lisboa Hotel - Mouraria Lisboa Hotel offers price comfort, great dining options, and free WiFi.
  • Dalma Old Town Suites, Lisbon - Although a three-star hotel, Dalma Old Town Suites, Lisbon is affordable and within touching distance of souvenir and handicraft stores.
  • This is Lisbon Hostel- A super affordable accommodation option, This is Lisbon Hotel is built inside a 19th-century restored building.

Visitor rules & tips

  • Choose public transport. The uphill leading to Sao Jorge Castle is narrow, and there’s no parking available in the vicinity of the area.
  • Tram is an excellent choice to reach Sao Jorge Castle. It passes through picturesque neighborhoods and amazing landscapes.
  • Wear shoes and comfortable clothes to Sao Jorge Castle. You may have to walk a considerable distance to explore the various places of attractions inside the complex.
  • Visit in the summer or early in the morning to avoid crowds. Weekdays are also less crowded.
  • Inform the staff beforehand if you or your guests require special assistance inside the castle.
  • Don’t bring food to Sao Jorge Castle. It has a restaurant and café serving healthy foods and beverages.

Frequently asked questions about visiting St. George Castle in Lisbon

Where is St. George Castle?

St. George Castle is located in Lisbon, Portugal, atop the São Jorge hill, Lisbon's highest.

Why should I visit St. George Castle?

You should visit St. George Castle because it boasts a rich history and provides wonderful views of Lisbon.

How do I book tickets to visit St. George Castle?

You can book tickets to St. George Castle online. Online tickets to the attraction provide discounts and deals.

How much does it cost to visit St. George Castle?

Entry tickets to visit St. George Castle begin from €25.

What are the St. George Castle opening hours?

The opening hours of São Jorge Castle are from 9am to 6pm.

Can I visit St. George Castle in a group?

Yes. You can visit St. George Castle in a group.

Is St. George Castle wheelchair friendly?

Yes. St. George Castle is wheelchair-friendly.

How long does it take to visit St. George Castle?

It takes around 2-3 hours to explore St. George Castle.