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Things to do in Athens

Most of Athens’ top archaeological sites lie in Plaka and Monastiraki, including the temples of the Acropolis, and the crumbling ruins of The Agora, once Ancient Athens’ administrative and cultural heart. The National Archaeological Museum in Omonia showcases ancient Greek art, while the Byzantine and Christian Museum houses a dazzling display of religious icons.

The National Gardens in Athens, Greece.

Museums and Galleries

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  1. 1. Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art - Museums and Galleries

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    Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens. Courtesy of the Athens Tourism & Economic Development Company

    In Kolonaki, the Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art is revered for its collection of elegant marble figurines. Surprisingly contemporary in style, these enigmatic pieces were placed in burial chambers in the Cycladic islands over 4,000 years ago.Show this on map

    Cost

    €7; Mon €3.50; concessions €2.50-€3.50; under 18s free

    Opening hours

    Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat 10am-5pm; Thu 10am-8pm; Sun 11am-5pm

    Address

    4, Neophytou Douka, Kolonaki, Athens, 10674

    Telephone

    +30 210 722 8321

    Transport

    Evangelismos metro station

    Website

    Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art

  2. 2. Acropolis Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Acropolis Museum, Athens. Photo by Nikos Daniilidis

    Opened in 2009 at a cost of €130m, the Acropolis Museum is a fittingly grand home for the archaeological riches of ancient Athens. The museum contains precious relics discovered by excavations of the Acropolis, dating as far back as 3000BC.Show this on map

    Cost

    €1

    Opening hours

    Tues-Sun 8am-8pm

    Address

    15, Dionysiou Areopagitou, Athens 11742

    Telephone

    +30 210 9000 900

    Transport

    Metro: Acropolis

    Website

    Acropolis Museum

  3. 3. Byzantine & Christian Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens. Courtesy of Byzantine and Christian Museum

    In its underground exhibition space in Kolonaki, the Byzantine and Christian Museum traces the Byzantine Empire from the birth of Christianity to the 1453 fall of Constantinople. Exhibits include solemn icons, religious frescoes, jewellery and ecclesiastical artefacts.Show this on map

    Cost

    €4

    Opening hours

    Apr-Sep Tue-Sun 8am-7.30pm; Oct-Mar Tue-Sun 8.30am-3pm

    Address

    22, Vasilissas Sofias, Athens, 10675

    Telephone

    +30 210 729 4926

    Transport

    Evangelsimos metro station

    Website

    Byzantine & Christian Museum

  4. 4. National Archaeological Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    National Archaeological Museum, Athens. Photo by Shyamla Eswaran, © Whatsonwhen

    Home to the world's finest collection of ancient Greek art, the marble-floored National Archaeological Museum, near Omonia, displays larger-than-life sculptures of heroes from Greek mythology, and intricately crafted gold jewellery and weaponry, including Agamemnon's 3600-year-old death mask.Show this on map

    Cost

    €7; concessions €3; children free

    Opening hours

    Mon 1.30pm-8pm; Tue-Sun 8.30am-3pm (8am-8pm Apr-Oct)

    Address

    44, Patission, Athens 10682

    Telephone

    +30 210 821 7724

    Transport

    Victoria metro station

    Website

    Official website

  5. 5. Museum of Greek Folk Art - Museums and Galleries

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    Museum of Greek Folk Art, Athens. Courtesy of Athens Tourism & Economic Development Company

    The Museum of Greek Folk Art in Plaka displays costumes, embroidery, jewellery, ceramics, arms and folk theatre artefacts from around Greece. Don't miss the Theofilis Room, decorated with fanciful, 19th-century frescoes from a house on the island of Lesvos.Show this on map

    Cost

    €2

    Opening hours

    Daily 10am-2pm (Mon from 9am)

    Address

    17, Kydathinaion, Plaka, Athens, 10558

    Telephone

    +30 210 321 3018

    Transport

    Acropolis metro station

    Website

    Museum of Greek Folk Art

  6. 6. Benaki Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    The Benaki Museum coffee shop in Athens, Greece.

    Occupying a neo-classical house in Kolonaki, the Benaki Museum offers a walk through the history of Greek art from 3000 BC up to the 20th century. Laid out in chronological order, exhibits include jewellery, ceramics, sculpture, paintings, furniture and costumes.Show this on map

    Cost

    €6 (free Thu); concessions free

    Opening hours

    Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat 9am-5pm; Thu 9am-midnight; Sun 9am-3pm

    Address

    1, Koumbari & Vas Sofias, Athens, 10674

    Telephone

    +30 210 367 1000

    Transport

    Syntagma metro station

    Website

    Benaki Museum

  7. 7. Museum of Popular Musical Instruments - Museums and Galleries

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    Museum of Greek Traditional Instruments, Athens. Courtesy of Athens Tourism & Economic Development Company

    Hidden away in pretty Plaka, the Museum of Greek Traditional Instruments displays 1,200 musical instruments, ranging from gypsy flutes to shepherds' goatskin bagpipes. Exhibits are accompanied by headphones, so visitors can listen to them being played.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Tue, Thu-Sun 10am-2pm; Wed 12pm-6pm

    Address

    1-3, Diogenous, Aeridon Square, Plaka, Athens, 10558

    Telephone

    +30 210 3250198

    Transport

    Monastiraki metro station

    Website

    Museum of Greek Traditional Instruments

Attractions

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  1. 8. Roman Forum - Attractions

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    Roman Forum, Athens. Courtesy of the Greek National Tourism Organisation

    From the first century BC, traders met in the Roman Forum - a rectangular courtyard lined with shops. Also on the site in Plaka stands the octangular Tower of the Winds, built in 1BC by Macedonian astronomer Andronikos.Show this on map

    Cost

    €2; free for Acropolis ticket-holders (€12; concessions €6)

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 8am-11pm (closed on selected public holidays)

    Address

    Aiolou & Pelopida Streets, Plaka, Athens 10556

    Telephone

    +30 210 324 5220

    Transport

    Monastiraki metro station

  2. 9. The Agora - Attractions

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    Ancient Agorá, Athens. Courtesy of Athens Tourism & Economic Development Company

    In ancient times Athens' political, administrative and cultural heart, today the Ancient Agora in Monastiraki is a green landscape dotted with crumbling ruins. It is here that Socrates and St Paul made their public speeches, and where democracy was born.Show this on map

    Cost

    €4 (also covered by Acropolis block ticket)

    Opening hours

    Summer daily 8.30am-7.30pm (from 11am Mon); winter daily 8.30am-5pm (from 11am Mon)

    Address

    24, Adrianou, Monastiraki, Athens, 18540

    Telephone

    +30 210 3310963

    Transport

    Monastiraki metro station

  3. 10. Temple of Olympian Zeus - Attractions

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    Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens. Photo by Heather Sills © Whatsonwhen

    Soaring out of Athens' modern-day centre, 15 marble columns remain a jaw-dropping symbol of Ancient Greek know-how. Today's ruins were once part of a much larger temple complex, begun in the 6th century BC and consisting of 104 colossal columns.Show this on map

    Cost

    €3; concessions free; free for Acropolis ticket-holders (€12; concessions €6)

    Opening hours

    Daily 8.30am-3pm

    Address

    Parados Vasilissis Olgas, Athens

    Telephone

    +30 26240 22517

    Transport

    Acropolis metro station

  4. 11. Kapnikarea - Attractions

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    The 11th-century Kapnikarea on Ermou Street, Athens, Greece.

    The 12th-century Byzantine church of Kapnikerea, near Monastiraki, stands in a modern pedestrian shopping street. Built over an ancient temple, its frescoed-walls, solemn icons, incense-filled air and flickering candles offer a spiritual retreat typical of the Greek Orthodox faith.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily 8.30am-3pm

    Address

    Ermou & Kapnikareas, Monastiraki, TKTTK

    Transport

    Monastiraki metro station

  5. 12. The Acropolis - Attractions

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    The Acropolis in Athens, Greece.

    Floodlit by night, the Acropolis is a rocky mound rising above Plaka. It is the birthplace of Athens, and crowned by three ancient temples, the best known being the Parthenon. Its towering columns have withstood the elements for over 2500 years.Show this on map

    Cost

    €12 (ticket also valid for the Ancient Agora and Roman Forum)

    Opening hours

    Summer daily 8am-8pm; winter daily 8am-3pm

    Address

    Athens, TKTKT

    Telephone

    +30 210 9238175

    Transport

    Acropolis or Monastiraki metro station

    Website

    Acropolis

Special things to do

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  1. 13. National Gardens - Special things to do

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    The National Gardens in Athens, Greece.

    Designed as the grounds of the 19th-century royal palace, now the Parliament, the National Gardens in Syntagma display lush planting, duck ponds, strutting peacocks and a small zoo. With two cafes, it offers a welcome green retreat from urban chaos.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Dawn to dusk

    Address

    Amalias, Athens, 10557

    Telephone

    +30 210 721 1178

    Transport

    Syntagma metro station

  2. 14. Microlimano - Special things to do

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    Microlimano, Athens. Courtesy of Athens Tourism & Economic Development Company

    The circular bay of Microlimano in Piraeus, filled with wooden fishing boats and luxurious yachts, is best-known for its seafood restaurants with waterside terraces. Built into the hillside behind it rises the picturesque residential quarter of Kastella.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily all day

    Address

    Akti Koumoundourou, Piraeus, 18533

    Transport

    Neo Faliro metro station

  3. 15. Lykavittos - Special things to do

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    Lykavittos Hill in Athens, Greece.

    Athens' highest point, 295 metres high, Mount Lykavittos is served by cable car from Kolonaki. Paths zigzag up through pinewoods to the summit, capped by a whitewashed church and cafe. A viewing platform with coin-operated binoculars affords a magnificent panorama.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free; access by funicular €3

    Opening hours

    24 hours

    Address

    Kolonaki, Athens, 10676

    Transport

    Evangelismos metro station

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