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The Parthenon has been the symbol of Athens since it was built in 438 BC, at the peak of the city’s classical era. The large temple to Athena forms part of the Athenian Acropolis, a complex of buildings that were destroyed over centuries, some of which are now being carefully reconstructed. To visit the Parthenon you’ll need a ticket to the Acropolis complex, so you can explore all the other ruins and structures, plus take some time to enjoy the view over Athens.
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Acropolis of Athens Skip The Line Admission Ticket

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Skip the long lines and visit the Acropolis, the most famous and most visited monument in the world from the antiquity. Every year millions of visitors from all over the world come to admire this symbol of the Ancient Greek civilization and enjoy breathtaking views of Athens from the rocky outcrop.**PLEASE NOTE: You must exchange the voucher for an Acropolis Ticket at the address listed below and on voucher.  The office is very close to the main entrance of the Acropolis so please go here first.  When you have exchanged the voucher please make your way to the Acropolis entrance from where you will gain Skip the Line entry**
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Acropolis: Guided Walking Tour with Entrance Ticket

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Visit the Athens Acropolis and explore the fascinating world of Ancient Greece on a 1.5-hour walking tour. Discover the UNESCO-listed archaeological site with a licensed guide. End at the summit with free time to explore on your own.
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Acropolis: Entrance Ticket and Guided Walking Tour

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Travel back to Ancient Greece on a 1 hour and 45 minutes guided tour of Athens Acropolis (entry not included). Climb to the Parthenon, the summit of the city. Enjoy panoramic views of the remains of the classical world and the modern-day city of Athens.
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Athens Acropolis 2-Hour Segway Tour

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Roll your way through Athens with a 2-hour Segway tour of the Acropolis and other famous sights in the city. Learn about Greek history and culture as you see ancient ruins and modern buildings alike, and explore various neighborhoods and districts.
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Acropolis Walking Tour, Including Syntagma Square and Historical City Center

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One for all you history buffs! Discover Athens' ancient history on this fascinating city walking tour with an expert local guide! Venture inside the ancient Acropolis of Athens — a UNESCO World Heritage site — and discover just how this ancient monument towers above the city below. You'll also see such sites as the Greek Parliament House and Syntagma Square in the heart of central Athens. All entrance fees are at your own expense.
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Acropolis Museum

Combine your trip to the archaeological area with a visit to the Acropolis Museum.
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Visit the Athens Acropolis and explore the fascinating world of Ancient Greece on a 1.5-hour walking tour. Discover the UNESCO-listed archaeological site with a licensed guide. End at the summit with free time to explore on your own.
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Travel back to Ancient Greece on a 1 hour and 45 minutes guided tour of Athens Acropolis (entry not included). Climb to the Parthenon, the summit of the city. Enjoy panoramic views of the remains of the classical world and the modern-day city of Athens.
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Acropolis Walking Tour, Including Syntagma Square and Historical City Center

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One for all you history buffs! Discover Athens' ancient history on this fascinating city walking tour with an expert local guide! Venture inside the ancient Acropolis of Athens — a UNESCO World Heritage site — and discover just how this ancient monument towers above the city below. You'll also see such sites as the Greek Parliament House and Syntagma Square in the heart of central Athens. All entrance fees are at your own expense.
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Athens: Acropolis and Acropolis Museum Guided Tour

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Travel back to ancient times with an archaeologist leading the way, hearing tales that bring the Greece of antiquity to life as you visit the monuments of the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum.
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Athens: Highlights and Acropolis Guided Tour without Tickets

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Take a guided tour through the streets of Athens and see the city’s highlights, including Syntagma square, the Parliament, and the hip Plaka district. Admire the views of the Acropolis before ascending to the site, where you’ll enjoy priority admission.
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Skip the ticket line and enter the Acropolis Hill with a pre-booked entry ticket which will be sent to you by email. Download a fascinating self-guided digital audio tour on your smartphone and listen to a great story of the Acropolis at your own pace.
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Acropolis, City Tour, Ancient Agora & Agora Museum

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Enjoy Athens in a day with this ideal combination tour. See the city with a city tour followed by a visit to the Acropolis and all its famous monuments, as well as the fascinating Ancient Agora and its Museum.
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5 Tips for Visiting the Parthenon

The Parthenon during sunset.
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Arrive early in the day, especially in summer. The Acropolis is the most popular site in Athens and gets very busy over lunchtime and into the afternoon, plus you’ll miss the worst of the heat in July and August.
The Parthenon during the day.
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Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. In order to get to the Parthenon, you’ll need to do a reasonable amount of walking on uneven ground. There is also limited shelter on the top of the hill, so bring an umbrella or raincoat if bad weather is predicted.
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Bring a bottle of water for the walk up the hill. If you’re visiting in summer then the average temperature is 90℉ (32℃), so you’ll definitely build up a sweat while exploring the site. There is a water fountain at the top where you can refill your bottles.
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Take your time exploring. There’s no limit on how much time you can spend inside the archaeological area, so take advantage of it and consider doing two laps of the hilltop to make sure you don’t miss anything.
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Feel free to indulge your inner photographer, but watch out for the rules. You can bring cameras, but drones aren’t permitted, and you’re also not allowed to touch any of the stones to protect them from further wear and tear. Bear those things in mind when you’re lining up the perfect shot.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Parthenon?

The Parthenon is the jewel in the crown of the Athenian Acropolis, the site of the most important religious buildings from Classical Athens. The temple was dedicated to Athena Parthenos, the patron goddess of the city, and originally contained a huge statue of Athena holding a smaller statue of Nike, goddess of victory. It’s not clear how many religious ceremonies took place inside the Parthenon, but many Greek writings from the time suggest that the temple was also used as a treasury to hold the riches of Athens. Considering that the Parthenon and the other Acropolis buildings during the pinnacle of the Delian League and Pericles’ building regime, it was very much a symbol of the power and wealth of Athens, sending a powerful message to its allies. The temple is an interesting mash-up of Doric and Ionic architectural styles, and it was originally decorated with both a series of metopes and a continuous frieze. The original pediments (statues above the front and rear facades) depicted the passage of day (represented by the god Helios) into the night (represented by the goddess Selene) and the competition to become the patron of Athens that took place between Poseidon and Athena.

Can we go inside the Parthenon?

The Parthenon and the other buildings on the Acropolis can only be viewed from the outside so that visitors don’t damage the stones. Several of the temples are also undergoing construction work almost constantly, with scaffolding holding the structure up, so the buildings are also closed for safety reasons. Don’t worry, there’s still plenty to admire from the outside, plus you get a wonderful view over Athens from the top of the hill.

What else is there to see on the Acropolis?

Although the Parthenon is the most impressive building on the Acropolis, you’ll also see the unusual structure of the Erechtheion, which has three distinct areas dedicated to three different gods - Athena Polias, Poseidon-Erectheus, and Hephaestus. The temple was the home of the city’s most important religious relics: residual marks of Poseidon’s trident, the saltwater well which he created by striking the rock, and the olive tree which Athena conjured when the two gods were competing to decide who would be the city’s patron. The Erechtheion has a portico to the north, and the south porch is held up by caryatids - giant sculptures of women. There are two other major structures, the Temple of Athena Nike (the first Ionic temple on the Acropolis - most of the other buildings are Doric), which celebrated military victories, and the Propylaia, which is the monumental gateway to the site.

Should we take a guided tour of the Acropolis?

There are only a small handful of signs that explain what you’re seeing, so it might be worth taking a guided tour. The buildings alone are impressive, as is the view over Athens, but if you want to understand the significance of what you’re seeing then you should either take a guidebook, plan a trip to the Acropolis Museum, or invest in a tour with an expert guide. Only registered tour guides will be permitted to give tours at the site, so it’s advised that you book in advance from a reputable tour provider to make sure you avoid scams on the day.

Should we visit the Acropolis Museum?

If you’re interested in learning more about the construction and history of the Parthenon, then the Acropolis Museum is absolutely worth a visit. Many of the original sculptures and friezes from the buildings of the Acropolis have been removed in order to preserve them from weathering and are available to view in the Acropolis Museum. You’ll also benefit from seeing them up close, rather than attached to the walls and roofs of the temples, so you can truly admire the artistic talent on display. The museum will offer more insight into the history of the original temple and the uses it has been put to over the last centuries.

How long should we plan to spend at the Parthenon?

The Parthenon itself will probably only take about 15 to 20 minutes to see if you’re planning to walk slowly around its perimeter. The entire Acropolis site, without a guide, can be completed in about an hour. If you’re a history or architecture buff then you’ll probably want to linger a little longer, but you’ll probably still finish your visit within 2 hours, and if you’re planning to take a guided tour then most tours also take between 1 and 2 hours. If you’re planning to combine your visit with a trip to the Acropolis Museum (which is highly recommended, since you’ll get to see the original sculptures up close) then you should plan to spend at least an entire morning or afternoon between the two sites.

Is the Parthenon accessible to visitors with disabilities?

The Acropolis has an elevator that can take visitors in manual wheelchairs from the entrance to the top of the hill, but the paths at the top are uneven. Depending on the wheelchair being used, visitors may need to bring a companion to help them navigate the more uneven terrain. There is one wheelchair available to borrow at the ticket office. Disabled visitors are entitled to a free ticket for themselves and one companion. Accessible bathrooms are available at the entrance and at the top of the hill.

General Information

Opening Hours:

During the summer months, the archaeological sites are open daily from 8 am to 7 pm. During the winter months, the sites are open from 8 am to 5 pm.

Address:

Acropolis and Parthenon (Archaeological Area)
Acropolis Hill
10555 Athens

Tickets:

During summer (from April until the end of October) tickets for the Acropolis cost 20€ per adult and 10€ for children, students, and visitors over the age of 65. During the winter months (November until the end of March) adult tickets cost 10€ and 5€ for reduced entry tickets.

How to get there:

The metro station Akropoli (metro line 2) is at the beginning of several paths which take visitors to the top of the Acropolis. The paths are relatively steep, but an elevator is available for visitors with mobility problems.
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