Palacio da Bolsa
Palacio da Bolsa
4.5
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9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
About
National Monument, located in the historical centre of the city, classified as World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Palacio da Bolsa, built by the Porto Commercial Association on the ruins of the Saint Francis Convent, has become by excellence the Porto city’s drawing room, welcoming the most illustrious visitors, amongst which are monarchs, presidents and ministers from almost every country, transforming this building into the most visited monument in northern Portugal.
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  • Patouke
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom164 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wish the guided tour were longer
    It’s a beautiful building with rich history, architectural gem, still actively used as a Chamber of Commerce. Visits are guided only and tours, hosted in different languages, last 30minutes. Unfortunately tickets are not available to be purchased online, only in person, and the volume of visitors requiring specific language, determines the wait for next available tour. If you’re planning to visit, especially on the cloudy/ rainy day, it’s best to get in earlier in the day so you don’t wait long. Our guide, Pedro, was very friendly and funny, he knew a lot about the history, city and the build itself. It’s a shame the tour only lasts half an hour, there’s so much more to discover and learn, that extra 10-15min would make a huge difference to visitors (especially for a price of €12).
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 August 2023
  • Catherine C
    18 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great guided tour of a beautiful building but very long queue
    Excellent guided tour of a beautiful building! Our guide made it really interesting and gave us plenty of information without overloading us. I would have given 5 stars but there is a problem of organisation in the ticket office that could be easily avoided with an online booking app. Do go early (before you do anything else) to book your time slot (which may be several hours later) as you are not allowed to go straight in. It's not worth buying tickets elsewhere. Be prepared to spend more time waiting in line outside than inside doing the tour...
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 August 2023
  • Host29
    Milan, Italy962 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    overall good
    Overall good. Mind that you'll have to stai in a (long) queue for the entry ticket , and then you'll purchase an entry slot, that can be also much later then expected. Price is quite high, and visit worths just for the chinese room (really impressive)
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 September 2023
  • outofedinburgh
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating visit
    This was a great visit not only for the beautiful interior, but the history of the commerce and finance that created Porto’s wealth. After seeing the length of a queue in the afternoon, we came back on another day earlier in the morning when the queue was short, we were able to book on to a tour that was only 20 mins later. Def worth while seeing and the tour guide was really knowledgeable.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 September 2023
  • spotthescot
    Glasgow, United Kingdom117 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Groups too large
    The lack of information is bonkers, you have to join a queue to get inside to find out that it is mandatory you join a guided tour (online it says recommended). We queued about half an hour but as we passed later the queue must have been closed to 90 minutes. We would have had a 45 min wait for the next tour so booked for a later one. You don't have to requeue once you have bought tickets! Our tour was full, 50 people, and we could barely hear the guide. Although when we could he was very knowledgeable, with a dry sense of humour. The group sizes should be cut to allow everyone to hear.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 September 2023
  • davek01
    Chatham, United Kingdom46 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting tour - go early
    Working building so you can only go on a guided tour. Arrived at 9:40 with an English tour at 9:50 (you can sit inside and wait for it to start) with about 30 people on it. Tour guide was very good and we thought it quite impressive to view. Fully agree however if we had arrived later and had an extended wait there would have been better ways to spend our time
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 September 2023
  • JLMarietta
    121 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Building -- quick tour.
    You can only visit this building with the tour. There was a long line, and each group would purchase tickets based upon the time the tour in their language was offered. While we were in line, an earlier time than we anticipated for a tour was opened up and offered due to the crowd demands. We couldn't wait inside the building but were told to come back in a short while and enter through the exit door. We quickly went a block away and ate a fast lunch at the McDonalds (what would you expect from Americans!). The tour took only 30 minutes, but it was nice and informative, and the building was very pretty!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 October 2023
  • Melisa Ö
    Frankfurt, Germany8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth it!
    Must see! The best tour i had in Porto. Stunning building, beatiful interior. I only wait 10 minute for an english tour which was amazing. I personally would like to have a shorter but guided trip. I believe all the trips around 30-35 minutes. Our guide was Érica she was cheerful, explanied everthing one by one. She took the trip to the next level for me. I am hoping she will be first female major in the future!! I am very grateful that i had a chance to have this experience. Tickets Adult- 12 euro Student-7.5 euro
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 9 November 2023
  • jethroxUk
    101 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth checking out
    Well worth a visit to see the sumptuously decorated rooms. One is struck what a male dominated institution this is still but they really went to town in some of the decoration. Please note you MUST have a guided tour as a group, you cannot just turn up and wander round. The tour lasts about an hour for 12 euros and was enjoyable
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 February 2024
  • JaCob5
    York, United Kingdom116 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Top sight in Porto - breath taking
    One of the best 12 euros ever spent visiting a 'sight'. Just amazing. Interesting history and glorious architecture. In awe at the flooring and domed ceiling. The Arab room takes your breath away. Don't miss this.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 February 2024
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Italia Ignota
Florence, Italy354 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
We went there by chance because we were nearly and because we just missed this place to visit. I must say that I was completely satisfied with the choice to enter. The palace can only be visited with a guide and above all the visits are at specific times, in well-defined languages and especially with limited places. My advice is to go to the first visit with places available, no matter if you do not understand the language spoken by the guide because the most important thing is to visit the beautiful halls of the building.
Written 3 May 2020
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I ❤️Europe
United Kingdom184 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
I turned up around 10am and there was a small queue of about 10 people. I agree with other reviews the booking system is not great. When you arrive there is a screen with the time slots, however you don’t know what time your language is going to be until on the day as the system works by as soon as someone books the first slot for a certain time then depending on their language this will determine what times the tours are.

The tour takes up to 50 people. I booked the 13:30 English tour the guide was late, and it was only because people started complaining otherwise we would have been waiting longer. I read online the tour lasts 30mins, however our tour lasted 50mins. Because the guide was late a few people left early.

Despite the late start the tour was very good and informative. The Arab room which they saved the best to last was was very impressive.

I would highly recommend visiting.

Prices - Adult €10 Student €6.50
Written 26 April 2022
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Martin F
Holbeach, UK55 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Worth a visit but be careful not to spend longer in the queue than you do on the tour!
Be mindful that you queue to buy a ticket which won't get you necessarily on the next tour, you will choose the language when you buy your tickets and they confirm the times available. We bought our tickets around 9.30am and queued for maybe 15 minutes. The next available tour was 10.15am so we went and got a coffee. When you return for your tour don't join the ticket queue but go into the entrance hall (we went in via the exit) then head to the inner courtyard, somebody will check your ticket just as you go through the door to the courtyard. The tour was informative and entertaining. It is worth the 10 euro price. When we came out at around 10.45am the queue for tickets was massive so suggest getting in early. I can't see any advantage to buying tickets on line, as at Oct 22 the online option doesn't let you chose a date and time, you still have to queue to book which language tour you need and check availability.
Written 31 October 2022
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banstead
Kirkby Lonsdale, UK416 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We were staying close by and for some reason only made it on our last day. I had read about it, but my husband hadn't so was amazed when we ended the tour in the Moorish room, stunning.

It really is far more interesting than the name of the building suggests, it shows the importance of Porto as a trading city over time. We had an excellent guide, with lots of personal comments and anecdotes, didn't catch her name but she's visiting London in April for football!
Written 15 February 2020
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Tanya T.
Illinois1,616 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The tour lasts about 30 minutes and you'll need to watch the schedule to know when the next tour in your language begins. We purchased tickets in advance and had to redeem them at the counter, the next tour (in English) was 30 minutes later and after receiving tickets, you can leave the building but must return at least 5 minutes before your scheduled tour begins. Sadly, there were non-English speakers on our tour who kept talking in their language. Perhaps someone in their party knew English and was interpreting which made it difficult to hear the tour guide. The most impressive part was the last room and some tid-bits of knowledge about government and architecture. The guide was good. He had a polite delivery of speech with small doses of jokes which made it engaging. Another draw is that this attraction is low-budget and affordable.
Written 2 December 2022
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Andrew C
12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
If I had not already visited Lisbon, Sintra, and Pinhao, I would probably have given this five stars, but as it stands, Bolsa Palace pales in comparison to the other great places we visited. Considering many of them are priced similarly, it felt a little silly to pay 10 euro for this.

That being said, the tour was great and informative. Our guide was charming and gave us plenty of time to take photos. The full tour was about half an hour. Most interesting part for me was that the building actually functions as an office building, which is why tours are required. Some employees actually walked through our tour to get to a meeting room. Most impressive to me, and I'm sure everyone, is the last room, which is absolutely beautiful.
Written 19 January 2022
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Patouke
Edinburgh, UK164 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
It’s a beautiful building with rich history, architectural gem, still actively used as a Chamber of Commerce.
Visits are guided only and tours, hosted in different languages, last 30minutes. Unfortunately tickets are not available to be purchased online, only in person, and the volume of visitors requiring specific language, determines the wait for next available tour. If you’re planning to visit, especially on the cloudy/ rainy day, it’s best to get in earlier in the day so you don’t wait long. Our guide, Pedro, was very friendly and funny, he knew a lot about the history, city and the build itself. It’s a shame the tour only lasts half an hour, there’s so much more to discover and learn, that extra 10-15min would make a huge difference to visitors (especially for a price of €12).
Written 19 August 2023
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WanderingOttersons
Denver, CO1,470 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
Not quite as old as many of the more tourist visited buildings in the city, it certainly doesn't lack for wow factor. It still has an interesting history and is still in use today. From the hand cut/laid intricate floors put together like a puzzle with no nails or glue to the incredibly ornate Arab room, this building has many amazing architectural features not to be missed. A tour is quick and reasonably priced as well as convenient to the main areas of Porto so it's well worth a stop.
Written 5 December 2021
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Keith L
Taunton, UK206 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
Visits are only by a tour which required a wait of three hours for an English version. You circulate the building on the first floor entering various large rooms. One was an old courtroom with huge wall paintings. Another was the Chamber of Commerce meeting room with inlaid wood floors. The best and largest was left till last - the Arabian room. 30 minute visit costing 10 euros each so quite pricey.
Written 11 September 2021
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Merrowmum
Guildford, UK1,343 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
We had pre-purchased tickets online, but still had to queue with everyone else to be allocated a tour slot. On the day we went, the two tours in English were at 11am and 11.45am, nothing in the afternoon, so we were pleased we had made it the first stop of our day as we had about 20 minutes to wait for the 11am tour by the time we had got to the ticket desk.
The tour itself only lasts about 35 minutes but is well worth it; our guide was very entertaining indeed - a great actress! - and the building itself is definitely worth seeing as a whole but especially the stunning Arab room, the last room of the tour. I also really liked the courtroom.
When we left, it was noticeable how much longer the queue for the ticket office was!
Written 3 April 2023
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