The Palace of Knossos
The Palace of Knossos
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This prehistoric archaeological site is located just outside the island's capital city, surrounded by beautiful hills. You'll be transported back in time as you explore the ruins and learn about the fascinating history of this ancient city. The Throne Room is a highlight, with stunning frescoes that have survived for thousands of years. Make sure to visit early in the day, especially during summer, to avoid the long lines under the hot sun. You can also get skip-the-line tickets on a walking tour, that includes commentary from a knowledgeable guide. There are also combo tickets that include the Heraklion Archaeological Museum. – Tripadvisor
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  • Marina K
    Vantaa, Finland16 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Knossos
    The palace of Knossos was really interesting experience! But I truly recommend going with a guide because then you can get the most out of it. There’s a lot of stairs so it might be a bit hard to move so be prepared with a pair of good shoes and a har is a must since there’s no shadows where to hide. Overall it was really nice historical site to visit.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 25 May 2023
  • Benjamin C
    47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    exceeded my expectations
    I was very mixed about Knossos prior to going, knowing that much of it was poured concrete rather than authentic ruins. Perhaps having low expectations made it easier to be very pleased with the experience. Of course, they might have gotten the buildings wrong. However, with so many ruins around where all you see are two foot remnants of walls which really force you to use your imagination to recreate what it once would have been, it was actually nice to have a little help for this one instance. Beyond that, just learning all about the Minoan civilization is so fascinating.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 30 June 2023
  • Stefan R
    13 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice historical site, but very crowded and hot
    On itself, it's a very nice historical site with well preserved and rebuilt ruins, with lot's of historical significance. On the day we were there, it was very crowded which led to actually waiting 'in a line' to progress through the site on several occasions (after the ticket gate...). Being mostly outside and on stone without much shade, it was VERY hot here, which combined with the crowd and waiting in line actually removed most of the fun for us. This site is best visisted in the off-season.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 2 July 2023
  • David L
    Burton Latimer, United Kingdom212 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do! Go early
    I was astounded at the scale and age of the site. We bought tickets in advance, so did not need to queue. The tour groups can be annoying, but be patient and enjoy the site. We met an archaeologist on holiday with his family, he was so excited too. As he should be. It is amazing. Do be sure to go first thing or in the evening as it is very hot.Also be sure to go to the archeology museum in Heraklion yo better understand the place The juice stand at the site is a little pricey, but so good. Recommended.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 July 2023
  • Ainsley P
    Acharnes, Greece8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go Early- ticketing is totally disorganised
    The Palace of Knossos was a great site to visit. However I would strongly encourage people to be there at opening if they are going at the height of summer. Go early. We had driven from Chania with the family, so didn’t get there at 8. The ticketing is hopeless- 2 lines merge into one, but one moved much faster than the other. We had someone who was disabled & a student, so couldn’t book on line. It was very hot. We bought a combo ticket because we really wanted to see the archeological museum. Ridiculously the museum is a stressful 20+ minute drive from the site. There was literally no parking, we drove up very narrow streets to get to the city central parking, queued to get in, but ended up giving up because it wasn’t clear if there were free spaces, nor if it was wide enough to avoid scratching the car. SO disappointed.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 July 2023
  • Simon W
    West Bridgford, United Kingdom86 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful site
    The last time I was here was 1985.... its still a beautiful place to visit but its advice d to book with a tour guide. Their knowledge is great, we were provided headphones and an ipad for 3d versions of the Palace. The site has very little shade so take water and sunscreen. It can get busy but the queues are respected and its not long before you can get in. In our deal was a trip to the capital and a chance to view the artifacts from the site in the museum. It's certainly one not to miss.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 July 2023
  • SavTrav666
    London, United Kingdom100 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit to the ancient site of the temple of Knossos
    It's good to see these ruins if you are on the north of the island of Crete. When it's hot, GET THERE EARLY to beat the cruise ship bus loads of visitors. It's a small place so you don't need to spend a long time there. The WC facilities are woefully inadequate for the number of visitors. Nice cafe on site, but without its own wc's Tip: Visit this attraction by the city tour bus. There are two sightseeing routes from Hiraklion, one of which goes past Knossos, so you can hop off and on again later.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 July 2023
  • AnaPiussi
    London, United Kingdom1,741 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The oldest city in Europe
    The ruin’s of Knossos that have been discovered cover much of the old palace. Some parts were reconstructed, and many are just stones. The bull pain it is really nice, the columns. You are able to access 2 rooms inside that were able to be recovered. I would say it is a must go most as Knossos is considered the oldest city in Europe, the Minoan civilisation built the palace around 2000bc. So for the historical period behind, just go. Also, it is part of the greek mythology. Where King Minos dwelt in a palace at Knossos. And then built a labyrinth to retain his son the Minotaur.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 July 2023
  • Matilda T
    20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Site
    This is an absolutely incredible tourist site, and definitely worth a visit! I've visited this site a few times, its labyrinthine ruins stretch over the hill and there are a few small houses round the edges. Parts of it have been reconstructed so it's a very immersive experience, although the accuracy of the reconstructions can be debated. I love the Minoan civilisation and studied it at university so I obviously love this site, but I visited when I was 14, before I knew much about it, and still found it amazing. You can get tour guides but there are good sign boards and lots of free online guides. You can book tickets online but there isn't usually a huge queue for tickets. Apart from a queue for the throne room which sometimes appears (but is definitely worth visiting), there isn't any queueing on site. You can easily get a 15 minute bus from Heraklion (no 2 and no 20 to get back) which drops you right outside the site.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Rita O
    Warrington, United Kingdom14 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Over rated..
    Initially it started off ok as we begun our journey but a few hours into it, it began to get monotonous. The day was very drawn out, and eventually we had enough. We would never do another tour like this. You also end up spending a lot more of various unexpected things like head phones, etc.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 August 2023
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Sue T
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Very good ruins. Make sure you book through official website Hellenic Heritage so you don’t pay booking fee and can easily change your tickets etc. so many websites sell tickets at a higher price
Written 18 May 2024
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Julie H
Bracknell, UK39 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
It was packed with coach parties, mainly teens who didn’t want to be there.
In all honesty I didn’t enjoy it either, hot, packed and just not enjoyable 🤷🏻‍♀️. Don’t know why really.
Also not very accessible friendly
Written 17 May 2024
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journeymaid48
Fairport, NY1,102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
The palace of Knossos is the greatest complex of the Bronze Age. It is a tribute to an unbelievable civilization that was a major trading power with Egyptians and all the known cultures of its historic period. It is so vast, and there is much to see and absorb. The site explains why pre Minoan Civilization produced the Cycladic and Mycenaen societies. Allow yourself time to enjoy it.
Written 16 May 2024
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travelbod04
Middlesbrough, UK321 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Easy to get to via local buses and within 15 min of Heraklion port, €1.60 each way or €5 for an all day bus ticket.
A lot of tours going round but still not too crowded when I went around 10am. Don't be expecting Ephesus size or things to view, but still a worthwhile visit with a free app guide available and plenty of boards in greek and english providing a storyline for the remaining ruins and the work that has taken place at the site.
Written 15 May 2024
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w0rkingt0travel
Somerset213 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The Palace of Knossos was one of the reasons we came to Crete but unfortunately if was the only ancient monument (out of hundreds -at least) I have visited around the world which left me so disappointed I was actually annoyed.

It’s a very old site (nearly 5000 years old) and we paid for the audio guide to make sure we understood what we were seeing…and what we saw were a lot of foundations of buildings and some which had (astonishingly) been partially ‘reconstructed’ by Evans using modern materials such as concrete. The actual items of interest found at the site are all at the Heraklion Museum and the site itself has only fairly poor quality reproductions and frankly not too many of those. The interpretation of the artwork was - at best- old fashioned although it was good to know that ancient Greeks liked women to have well defined eyebrows (according to the audio guide).

So, as you take the tour the audio talks you through what Evan’s thought he was seeing-the whole site is seen principally through his eyes and named by him. His interpretations are very much doubted these days as our knowledge and techniques have significantly developed so that most of his descriptions of ‘schoolrooms’ and ‘rubbish pits’ are straight up wrong. So what you really learn from the audio guide is what someone around 100 years ago would have thought about the site.

Well, that isn’t too instructive and it’s a shame that the staff working at the site are so unforthcoming with information(maybe they don’t know?). The only information we gleaned from the staff was that we had entered the ‘throne room’ through the exit. Understandably annoying in a crowd (although maybe adding in entrance and exit signs would no doubt reduce that problem). Less understandable when, as in this case, you are the only two people in there at the time that this was pointed out and no one else was waiting to arrive or leave.

So, if you only have time to see either the Museum or the Palace, go to the Museum what may be less hamstrung by the Evans legacy when considering the objects (and at least you get to actually see them). If you still want to go to the Palace, download the free guide at the entrance (where there is, briefly, free WiFi) and go super early or late afternoon. We got there at 8.00. By the time we left at 9.30 it was filling up. There is a big free car park next door. Take water and use the bathroom before going into the site. Keep your expectations low. The setting is lovely. The information is random and the audio guide is a waste of money.
Written 14 May 2024
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Shannyy
149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Stunning place with so much to see. Make sure you wear flats (trainers) as there is a lot of walking. It is 15 euros each, definitely worth it as there is so much to see and is very interesting. Make sure you bring in a drink as there are no drink stations or toilets once inside.
Written 12 May 2024
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John A
London, UK159 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
You have to visit it (thus the 4 stars) but … honestly, it’s presented as Evans left it with minimal “we now think …” interpretation.
As the centre of a town of 16,000 souls, I was expecting an explanation of the landscape it sat in. No. No mention of the layers he dug through (Greek, Roman, etc.) it just shows you one man’s vision.
You must also visit the Archaeological Museum in town to see what they found there: all completely lacking from the site-as-presented. Exhibits at the museum also show you what the buildings/columns would have really looked like.
We bought/downloaded the guide; ill-written, it included lots of less relevant stuff and was difficult to follow “on the ground”.
But you have to go see it, don’t you?!!!!
Written 10 May 2024
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frosakatsis
Melbourne, Australia4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
The Palace of Knossos has because of its size and importance to the Minoan Civilisation of Crete inspired the idea of the Labyrinth and the Mythology of the Minotaur. If you love history, Mythology, architecture and art, this is the place to see. The Minoans were an advanced Civilisation for the art, pottery, trade and architecture.
Written 7 May 2024
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Linden B
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
It's a must as the heart of Minoan history.The setting is best reached on the open topped bus which provides a useful audio explanation of important features of Heraklion. I was very curious to learn more about ancient life on Crete. Even little glimpses of hair styles,coiled, intrigued me. There were the biggest storage jars too. It is well dotted with explanatory boards too, a good job because there are many exposed foundations.
Written 26 April 2024
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Ree L
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Apparently, although this site hasn't important history, it was turned down as a Unesco world heritage site in 2009 over "creative restorations done by the legendary archaeologist, Sir Arthur Evans." Too bad, can't imagine why any archaeologist would think it was a good idea to rebuild/refurb much of the site based on their best guesses - using more modern cement and materials. A different time and appreciation for originality I guess. It was cool to learn a bit about the Minoans, but even that wasn't well done. Not much info available on site. Overall, there's much better historic ruins and things to see elsewhere in Greece, Rome, and etc.
Written 23 April 2024
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