“Hagamos una Iglesia tan hermosa y tan grandios que los que la vieren labrada nos tengan por locos” which translates to “Let us build a church so beautiful and so grand that those who see it finished will think we are mad” said the ones who built the Seville Cathedral, and they have most definitely accomplished just that. The Seville Cathedral is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, and after St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida in Brazil it is the 3rd largest church in the world!
This cathdedral dominates Seville's skyline like no other building and you'll be magnetically pulled towards it since the time you step foot in the city. Not just because you can see it from pretty much every corner of Seville, but because of its breathtaking beauty. Nothing this great comes free, so you will need a ticket to explore this cathedral and I'd most definitely recommend a tour with a historian local while you're here. To know all about getting the best priced Seville Cathedral tickets in town, read on.
Catedral de Sevilla - What Your Tickets Include
Before you go scouting for your Seville Cathedral tickets, here's a little about the Cathedral that will give you context on what a typical ticket includes. There are two main parts to the Seville Cathedral - the Cathedral and Giralda ( Bell Tower) . The Giralda is one of the oldest parts of this building and you can climb right up to the top of the Bell Tower and enjoy terrific views of Seville. All tickets are inclusive of entry to both these parts of the Cathedral.
Types Of Seville Cathedral Tickets
Before looking at different ways to buy the Seville Cathedral tickets, know the 4 different types of tickets you have the option to purchase.
- General Admission Tickets - These are the most basic tickets (8 €) which give you access to the Cathedral and the Giralda. You don't have a skip the line option or guided tour with these tickets basic tickets, but they can be purchased online in advance from the official website. Should you want, you can purchase on audio guide on-ground to compliment these tickets.
- Skip The Line Tickets - These fast track tickets allow you to skip the lines and avoid the queues that could take up to 1-2 hours and waltz in by just flashing your mobile tickets. They give you access to the Cathedral & Giralda allowing you a comprehensive and quick visit of the Cathedral.
- Skip the Line Tickets With Guided Tour - This one's the real deal, a personal favourite. Get a chance to explore the Seville Cathedral with a historian guide who will usher you in, away from the crowds and promises an impeccable tour. Enrich your experience with the stories and facts he relays while being in complete awe of the cathedral.
- The Super Combo : Alcazar + Cathedral - Seville has 2 prime attractions - the Alcazar and the Cathedral of Seville. If you're planning to visit them both, why not grab a combo ticket and save a few euros? Also, you can do away with the hassle of buying two seperate tickets and have them bundled into one! Makes sense? Yes! Here's more about visiting the Alcazar of Seville
Best Seville Cathedral Tickets
Different Ways To Get Your Seville Cathedral Tickets
While tickets for the Seville Cathedral are easily available on the official website. You can choose from a range of tickets, choose the date and time of your convenience and have the tickets sent to your email id. It used to be a complicated process, but the authorities have wisened up and the website is a whole lot easier to use. However, make sure you book your tickets well in advance as they sell out pretty quickly on the official website.
Third Party Vendors
The best part about third party vendors like Headout is that you get to score a few discounts on your purchase as compared to the official website prices. Moreover, you have the option of buying combo deals and guided tours that the website may not offer you.
The Guided Tours
To make the best of your Seville Cathedral experience, I would strongly recommend a guided tour. Having a local historian bilingual guide who details the history, facts and lores of the Cathedral enriches your experience leaps and bounds. They are totally worth the extra money spent and you can thank me later for it! Moreover, these guided tours allow you fast track skip the line access which is an absolute boon during peak hours/season
This is most definitely the easiest and cheapest way to get tickets as it involves no planning. You just have to turn up and stand in a queue to get your ticket. However, queues to buy tickets for the Cathedral can be long, slow and very, very tiring. Temperatures in Seville reach 40 degrees celsius during summers and by the time you get your tickets, you probably want to head home for a nap!
Best Seville Cathedral Tickets
Skip the line Seville Cathedral Tour
Visit Seville Cathedral, the world's largest gothic church and renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site. Skip the line at the entrance and enjoy a guided tour of this fascinating area with a professional bilingual guide where you will explore a monument that is as magnificent as it is sacred.
Super Combo : Cathedral & Alcazar of Seville
Explore Alcázar of Seville, a monument that represents the confluence of Arabic and Mediterranean cultures. Get a chance to see the magnificent Seville Cathedral, the third-largest church in the world.Learn about the history of these areas and how they came to be so celebrated from a professional bilingual guide who speaks both English and Spanish.
Alcazar and Seville Tour at Night
Explore the city of Seville at night and pass by 3 renowned UNESCO World Heritage Sites — the Alcazar Palace Complex, the Great Archive of the Indies, and the Seville Cathedral. End your night with a visit to the House of the Guitar (Casa de la Guitarra) and watch a flamenco show with live music.
Alcazar + Cathedral Guided Tour
Explore the royal palace of Alcazar, one of the oldest monuments in the city. Bask in the magnificent view of its lush green gardens and marvel at the beautiful artworks housed inside it.Make your way then to the Seville Cathedral, the largest Gothic church in the world. Your official guide will assist you in either English, Spanish, Italian, or French.
Alcázar, Seville Cathedral and La Giralda Guided Tour
Explore the Alcazar, the royal palace of the Spanish Christian rulers. Make your way to the Seville Cathedral, the largest Gothic church, and the La Giralda bell tower, which is housed inside it. Explore these 3 iconic monuments of Seville, accompanied by a bilingual guide (English and Spanish).
Seville Cathedral Hours
Monday from 11:00 AM to 15:30 PM
Tuesday to Saturday from 11:00 AM to 17:00 PM
Sunday from 14:30 PM to 18:00 PM
July and August (except July 17 and 25)
Monday from 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM (box office until 3:30 PM)
From Tuesday to Saturday from 10:30 AM to 6:00 PM (box office until 5:00 PM)
Sundays from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM (box office until 6:00 PM)
Good To Know Before You Go
- On Mondays, there is a free tour of Seville Cathedral including an audio guide and access to the La Giralda Towers from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM. However, you have to pre-register by writing them at : firstname.lastname@example.org or making a reservation on the official website. Make sure you do this well in advance as they sell out real quick.
- There are a maximum of six La Giralda tours each day, with only one or two in English – the others are in Spanish or French. Only 25 people are allowed on each tour, so it's no surprise that they sell out real quick! Grab your tickets in advance to grab a spot.
- There are no stairs to La Giralda de Sevilla. Instead, there is a series of 35 gently inclined ramps that are wide enough to allow two horses to pass by at the same time. While the ramp does make the climb easier, those with knee problems and other mobility issues should give it a though before starting the climb. The ramp however makes it accessible for those on wheelchairs. However, those who have braved the 343 ft climb are rewarded the best views of Seville city.
- The opening hours of the Cathedral can be modified due to religious ceremonies and other cultural activities. Make sure you check the Cathedral’s calendar to confirm visits are allowed.
- If you purchased the Seville Card, you can waltz into the Cathedral with skip the line access.
- Buying tickets to a combo guided tour that covers the Alcazar of Seville and Cathedral is the best way to see the two gems of Seville. You can do away with the hassle of buying two separete tickets and standing in two terribly long queues!
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I do if the tickets are sold out?
If the tickets you want are sold out, your best bet is buying a guided tour ticket. They are almost always available, especially last minute. The combo tours with the Alcazar and Cathedral visit are also available last minute.
Is the Seville Cathedral Guided Tour recommended?
Definitely! Nothing beats an expert guide taking you through the biblical history of the Cathedral, fascinating stories about Christopher Columbus's burial ground and other lores that the walls of the church have sealed for centuries. No audio-guide or book can do justice to this experience! A guided tour is recommended all the way!
Can I visit only the La Giralda Rooftop without purchasing a ticket to the Cathedral?
Unfortunately, no. The roofs are only accessible to the public by pre-booking the guided tours. There are tours at different times depending on the language of your choice and the groups are limited to 25 at a time.
Is there a way to see the Seville Cathedral for free?
You can visit the Seville Cathedral for free on Mondays. However, you have to register for a slot of your convenience on the website.
Is there a baggage check at the entrance?
Yes. There are baggage checks, but they are not airport style. You will not be allowed to carry big bags inside the Cathedral, so make sure you carry a small backpack.
Are there any limitations on Photography?
Photography is not an issue unless you want to take commercial pictures or use a tripod, which is not allowed inside. Drones are prohibited as well.
How much time should I keep aside for a sedate visit?
I'd recommend keeping aside 2.5 hours for a leisure visit of Cathedral.