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Things to do in Lisbon

Lisbon's Tram 28 trundles along cobbled streets towards St George's Castle in the Alfama and through the Bairro Alto and Chiado districts where the Carmo Convent ruins overlook the grid-like Baixa. Riverside Belém deserves an entire day for its maritime heritage and Manueline architecture at the Jerónimos Monastery and Discoveries Monument. Upriver in modern Parque das Nações the Oceanarium's sharks are a family favourite. Don't miss Sintra's fantasy retreat, the Pena Palace.

Botanic Garden, Lisbon. Photo by Seán Alexander McGrath, © Louise Pole-Baker

Museums and Galleries

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  1. 1. National Museum of Ancient Art - Museums and Galleries

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    National Museum of Ancient Art, Lisbon. Courtesy of Turismo de Lisboa

    The National Museum of Ancient Art in Santos houses Portugal's most prized art collection, including Portuguese sculptures and paintings from the 13th-19th centuries. Also on display are European paintings, ceramics and textiles, and art treasures from former colonies.Show this on map

    Cost

    €4; concessions €2; under-14s free

    Opening hours

    Tue 2pm-6pm; Wed-Sun 10am-6pm

    Address

    Rua das Janelas Verdes, Lisbon 1249-017

    Telephone

    +351 21 391 2800

    Transport

    Tram 15 or 25 to Santos

    Website

    National Museum of Ancient Art Website

  2. 2. Berardo Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Berardo Museum, Lisbon. Photo by Paulo Cintra and Laura Castro Caldas, © Berardo Museum

    Located in the Belém district, the Berardo Museum showcases modern and contemporary art from all over the world. Themed exhibitions are presented in rotation so expect anything from Surrealism to Pop Art, painting, photography and installations.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily 10am-7pm (until 10pm Fri, & Sat during Jul-Aug)

    Address

    Centro Cultural de Belém, Praça do Império, Lisbon 1449-003

    Telephone

    +351 21 361 2878

    Transport

    Tram 15 to Belém Cultural Centre

    Website

    The Berardo Collection Website

  3. 3. MuDe - Museums and Galleries

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    MuDe, Lisbon. © MuDe

    In its temporary home in the Baixa, MuDe displays a selection of pieces from the Francisco Capelo collection, portraying the history of design and fashion since 1930. In 2010, MuDe moves to Santa Catarina as a fully fledged fashion and design museum.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Tue-Thu & Sun 10am-8pm; Fri & Sat 10am-10pm

    Address

    24, Rua Augusta, Lisbon 1100-53

    Telephone

    + 351 21 888 6117

    Transport

    Baixa-Chiado metro

    Website

    MuDe Website

  4. 4. Calouste Gulbenkian Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon. © José Manuel Costa Alves, courtesy of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

    The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in São Sebastião boasts collections of Oriental and Classical Art from Egypt to the Far East, and European Art, including Renaissance works and René Lalique pieces. The building is a leading example of 1960s Portuguese architecture.Show this on map

    Cost

    €4; concessions €2; under-12s free

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 10am-5.45pm

    Address

    45A, Avenida de Berna, Lisbon 1067-001

    Telephone

    +351 21 782 3000

    Transport

    São Sebastião or Praça de Espanha metro

    Website

    Calouste Gulbenkian Museum Website

  5. 5. National Tile Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    National Tile Museum, Lisbon. Courtesy of Turismo de Lisboa

    Housed in a former convent in São João, the National Tile Museum is home to a vast collection of valuable azulejos, traditional Portuguese tiles. Gems include 15th-century Moorish tiles and large wall panels dating back to the 18th century.Show this on map

    Cost

    €4; concessions €2; under-14s free

    Opening hours

    Tue 2pm-6pm; Wed-Sun 10am-6pm

    Address

    4, Rua da Madre de Deus, Lisbon 1900-312

    Telephone

    +351 21 810 0340

    Transport

    Bus 18, 42, 49, 59, 104 or 105 to São João

    Website

    National Tile Museum Website

Attractions

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  1. 6. Pena Palace - Attractions

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    Pena Palace, Sintra, near Lisbon. Photo by Seán Alexander McGrath, © Louise Pole-Baker

    A striking combination of yellow and pink dominates the exterior of Pena Palace in Sintra, built as a royal retreat in 1839. Indulge your sense of fantasy as you explore the pastiche of Moorish and late Gothic Portuguese architecture inside.Show this on map

    Cost

    €8; concessions €6; under-6s free

    Opening hours

    Apr-Sep daily 10am-7pm; Oct-Mar daily 10am-6pm

    Address

    Estrada da Pena, Sintra, Lisbon 2710-609

    Transport

    Sintra train station

    Website

    Sintra Park Website

  2. 7. Carmo Convent - Attractions

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    Carmo Convent, Lisbon. Photo by Seán Alexander McGrath, © Louise Pole-Baker

    Built in the 15th century, today the Carmo Convent ruins in the Chiado district stand as a poignant reminder of the 1755 earthquake. As well as contemplating the ruins, make time for its compact archaeological collection which includes Egyptian pieces.Show this on map

    Cost

    €2.50; concessions €1.50; under-14s free

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 10am-6pm (until 5pm in winter)

    Address

    4, Largo do Carmo, Lisbon 1200-092

    Telephone

    +351 21 347 8629

    Transport

    Baixa-Chiado or Rossio metro; elevator Santa Justa

    Website

    Carmo Archaeological Museum Website

  3. 8. St George's Castle - Attractions

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    St George's Castle, Lisbon. Photo by Seán Alexander McGrath

    As a testament to centuries of Lisbon history, St George's Castle stands on top of the city's highest hill, dominating the ancient Alfama quarter. After enjoying panoramic city views, climb the reconstructed battlements for even headier sights.Show this on map

    Cost

    €5; under-10s free

    Opening hours

    Nov-Feb daily 9am-6pm; Mar-Oct daily 9am-9pm

    Address

    Alfama, Lisbon 1100-129

    Telephone

    +351 21 880 0620

    Transport

    Tram 28 to Santa Luzia Viewing Point.

    Website

    St George's Castle Website

  4. 9. Belem Tower - Attractions

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    Belém Tower, Lisbon. Photo by Seán Alexander McGrath

    Built to guard Lisbon in the 16th century, Belém Tower is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Jutting into the Tagus River in Belém, the exterior features ornate Manueline religious and maritime carvings. Climb to the top for city views.Show this on map

    Cost

    €4; concessions €1.60-€2; under-14s free

    Opening hours

    Oct-Apr Tue-Sun 10am-5pm; May-Sep Tue-Sun 10am-6.30pm

    Address

    Avenida de Brasília, Lisbon 1400-038

    Telephone

    +351 21 362 0034

    Transport

    Tram 15 to Belém

    Website

    Belem Tower Website

  5. 10. Discoveries Monument - Attractions

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    Discoveries Monument, Lisbon. Photo by Seán Alexander McGrath

    Built in 1960 to mark the fifth centenary of Henry the Navigator's death, the Discoveries Monument has a riverside location in the Belém district. This concrete caravel is adorned with sculptures of Golden-Age explorers and offers Tagus River views.Show this on map

    Cost

    €2.50 (viewing platform); concessions €1.50; under-7s free

    Opening hours

    Oct-Apr Tue-Sun 10am-6pm; May-Sep Tue-Sun 10am-7pm

    Address

    Avenida de Brasília, Lisbon 1400-038

    Telephone

    +351 21 303 1950

    Transport

    Tram 15 to Belém

    Website

    Discoveries Monument Website

  6. 11. Oceanarium - Attractions

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    Oceanarium, Lisbon. Photo by António Sacchetti, courtesy of Instituto de Turismo de Portugal

    Located in Parque das Nações, the Oceanarium is a popular aquarium, home to sea creatures of four coastal habitats. Linking these is the Global Ocean, a two-storey tank of sharks, rays and giant one-tonne sun fish.Show this on map

    Cost

    €11; seniors €6; 4-12s €5.50; under-4s free

    Opening hours

    Apr-Oct daily 10am-8pm; Nov-Mar daily 10am-7pm

    Address

    Doca dos Olivais, Lisbon 1990-005

    Telephone

    +351 21 891 7002

    Transport

    Oriente metro

    Website

    Oceanarium Website

  7. 12. Jeronimos Monastery - Attractions

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    Jerónimos Monastery, Lisbon. Photo by Seán Alexander McGrath

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site and national icon, the Jerónimos Monastery in Belém is a masterpiece of early 16th-century Portuguese Manueline architecture. Highlights include elaborately carved interior features, peaceful cloisters, explorer Vasco da Gama's tomb and the refectory.Show this on map

    Cost

    €6; concessions €2.40-€3; under-14s free

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 10am-6pm (until 5pm Oct-Apr)

    Address

    Praça do Império, Lisbon 1400-206

    Telephone

    +351 21 362 00 34

    Transport

    Tram 15 to Belém

    Website

    Jerónimos Monastery Website

Special things to do

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  1. 13. Botanic Garden - Special things to do

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    Botanic Garden, Lisbon. Photo by Seán Alexander McGrath, © Louise Pole-Baker

    Tucked away in the Bairro Alto district, the Botanic Garden is a lush retreat from the afternoon sun. Wander along mosaic paths under tall palms, take in the scents of the herb garden and visit the colourful butterfly house.Show this on map

    Cost

    €1.50; concessions €0.75; under-6s free

    Opening hours

    Apr-Oct Mon-Fri 9am-8pm, Sat & Sun 10am-8pm; Nov-Mar Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat & Sun 10am-6pm

    Address

    58, Rua da Escola Politécnica, Lisbon 1250-102

    Telephone

    +351 21 392 1800

  2. 14. Tram 28 - Special things to do

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    Tram 28, Lisbon. Photo by Seán Alexander McGrath

    Rickety old Tram 28 weaves through Lisbon's historic centre. Starting at Martim Moniz, it heads for the Roman settlements of the Alfama quarter, through bustling Baixa with its elegant squares and into bohemian Bairro Alto, popular with artists and writers.Show this on map

    Cost

    €1.40 (single)

    Opening hours

    Eastbound Mon-Fri 6.20am-11.20pm; Sat 6.15am-11.05pm; Sun 7.25am-11.05pm. Westbound Mon-Fri 5.40am-11.10pm; Sat 5.45am-10.35pm; Sun 6.45am-10.35pm

    Address

    Martim Moniz Square, Lisbon 1100-151

    Telephone

    +351 21 361 3000

    Transport

    Martim Moniz metro

    Website

    Carris Transport Website

  3. 15. Edward VII Park - Special things to do

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    Edward VII Park, Lisbon. Photo by Seán Alexander McGrath, © Louise Pole-Baker

    The Edward VII Park in Campolide is criss-crossed with paths, trimmed hedges and flower beds and provides panoramic city views. Home to tropical greenhouses and lakeside restaurants, there is also a garden dedicated to Portuguese diva Amália Rodrígues.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily dawn-dusk

    Address

    Edward VII Park, Lisbon 1070-099

    Transport

    Marquês de Pombal or Parque metro

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