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Park Guell Monumental zone – tickets, discounts, free entry

Park Guell Monumental Zone

Park Guell in Barcelona is one of the finest Public Parks in the world. It was designed by architect Antoni Gaudi between 1900 to 1914.

It was to be a residential complex with 60 houses but when nobody came forward to buy houses in Park Guell, the project was abandoned. A few years later it was turned into a public park. More such Park Guell facts.

As word about Gaudi’s masterpiece spread, tourists from all over the World started pouring in.

This surge of tourists had a wear and tear on Park Guell and also affected the lives of the local people.

To conserve Park Guell and keep the locals happy, the authorities divided Park Guell into two parts – the Monumental Zone and the rest of the Park’s area.

Entry to the Monumental Zone (also referred to as Monumental Core) is restricted by tickets.

Park Guell Monumental Zone’s attractions

Park Guell Monumental Zone Entrance
The beautiful entrance to Antoni Gaudi’s masterpiece in Barcelona – Parc Guell. Georgios Tsichlis / Shutterstock.com

The Monumental Zone occupies 5% of the total area of Park Guell.

This part of Guell Park contains most of Antoni Gaudi’s work, which the tourists come to see.

The must-see attractions in this zone are –

1. Museu del Guarda (Guard Museum)
2. Sala Hipòstila (Hypostyle Room)
3. Jardins d’Àustria (Gardens of Austria)
4. Pòrtic de la Bugadera (Wash House Portico)
5. Plaça de la Natura (Nature Square or terrace)
6. Casa Museu Gaudí (Gaudí House Museum)
7. The Roadways, Paths and Viaducts

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Monumental Zone’s entry restrictions

Since October 2013, entry to Park Guell Monumental Zone has been restricted.

The objective is simple – to conserve Gaudi’s masterpieces and to ensure they are available for generations to come.

The restriction is implemented by selling only 400 tickets for every half hour.

That is, only 800 people are allowed inside the Monumental Zone of Guell Park every hour.

This means only around 10,000 tourists are allowed to enter Park Guell every day.

Timed tickets help implement the restrictions

When tourists buy Park Guell tickets, they have to choose a time slot for their visit. Check out Park Guell hours.

Yes, that is right – Park Guell tickets aren’t an all-day ticket.

You can enter the Monumental zone of Park Guell up to 30 minutes from your assigned time.

For example, if your ticket is for 10 am you can be at the entrance of the Park Guell Monumental zone for your entry till 10.30 am.

This timed entry inside Park Guell helps the Park authorities restrict and regulate the number of tourists stepping in.

Because of this regulation, it becomes all the more important to buy Park Guell tickets online.

For instance, let us assume that you DIDN’T buy Park Guell tickets in advance and reached Park Guell at 3 pm.

After a half hour wait in the ticketing counter queue, you may be told that all tickets till 5.00 pm are sold out. In such a scenario, your only option will be to buy the tickets for 5.30 pm entry.

This means you will have to wait outside Park Guell for two hours – till it is 5.30 pm – and then enter the Park.

To avoid this waiting time, it is best to book Park Guell tickets online and reach Park Guell on time.

Crowd at Park Guell Monumental Zone
It can get very crowded at Park Guell’s Monumental zone. That’s why we recommend the purchase of online tickets to avoid long waiting times. Oleg Zaslavsky / Shutterstock.com

You can book your tickets three months ahead of your visit.

Do check out the best time to visit Park Guell before you book your tickets.

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Buy Park Guell tickets

Buying online tickets to Guell Park in advance makes sense if you are traveling single, with your family or in a large group.

There are two types of Park Guell tickets you can choose from –

Buy TicketsBuy ‘regular’ Guell Park tickets

This is the cheapest and most popular Park Guell ticket. When you book this ticket online, you save up to 1 Euro per ticket because you don’t pay ticket window surcharge.

Buy TicketsBuy ‘Skip The Line’ Guided Park Guell tickets

With these tickets, you avoid the queue and walk right in. You also get a human guide, who takes you on a 90-minute tour of Park Guell.

There are two ways to use the online Park Guell tickets –

1) Take a print out of your tickets to show at the entrance
2) At the entrance, show the ticket in your inbox (on your smartphone or tablet)

Convenient, isn’t it?

Park Guell ticket discount

Whichever ticket you buy, entrance inside Park Guell’s Monumental Zone is free for children between age 0 to 6. Check out the best kid-friendly activities in Barcelona

You must still buy their tickets when you buy them for the accompanying adults.

If you buy the ‘regular’ Park Guell ticket, children aged 7 to 12 get a discount.

Visitors over the age of 65 also qualify for this ticket discount.

To avail of these discounts, the holder of a discount ticket must present a valid identity card at the entrance.

However, be aware that the ‘Skip The Line’ Guided Park Guell tickets don’t have any discounts.

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Enter Park Guell Monumental Zone for free

If you are a local living near the Park Guell area, you have guaranteed free entry to the Monumental zone all through the year. All you must do is show your personal and non-transferable card to the entrance staff.

If you are not a Barcelona local, you must buy tickets.

However, if you are an early riser you can enter the Park Guell’s Monumental zone for free.

The guards at the Barcelona attraction set up the railings and ticket checking booths at 8 am (at 8.30 am during offseason). If you can get inside the Monumental Zone before that you can have a free entry.

You can also enter Park Guell for free at night – after the railings and ticket checking booths are removed in the evening. But by then the sun goes down, and it is not possible to view Gaudi’s work.

People with disabilities can also enter the Park Guell Monumental Zone for free. However, they must be accompanied by someone to help.

Do note that disabled tourists are provided with a different itinerary because of the nature of Park Guell’s terrain. Please contact the Visitor Service at parkguell@bsmsa.cat

Park Guell Monumental Zone map

In the map below you can see the restricted monumental core, the free entry area, the numerous picnic areas in Park Guell, the ticket offices and the access control points.

Park Guell Monumental Zone Map
Image: Dong.world

To see a more detailed map of Park Guell’s Monumental Zone, check out Park Guell on Google Maps.

There are couples of ways to get to Park Guell. However, we recommend you reach Park Guell by Metro.

Is Park Guell Monumental Zone worth it?

You can’t be in Barcelona and miss Gaudi’s awesome work in Park Guell.

Almost all of Antoni Gaudi’s work is concentrated around Barcelona, so you won’t get another chance to witness his work till you visit Barcelona again.

We strongly recommend paying the entrance fee for the Monumental Zone at Parc Guell and checking out all his work.

Check out a more detailed answer to the question, “Is Park Guell worth it?”

In fact, you can’t just see Gaudi’s work in Park Guell alone. You should also explore his ongoing work at Sagrada Familia.

As a teaser, do check out the views of Nativity facade and views from Passion facade. Or for that matter, his other masterpieces Casa Batllo and La Pedrera.

Buy TicketsBuy ‘regular’ Guell Park tickets

This is the cheapest and most popular Park Guell ticket. When you book this ticket online, you save up to 1 Euro per ticket because you don’t pay ticket window surcharge.

Buy TicketsBuy ‘Skip The Line’ Guided Park Guell tickets

With these tickets, you avoid the queue and walk right in. You also get a human guide, who takes you on a 90-minute tour of Park Guell.

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