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Diocletian's Palace
Diocletian's Palace

Diocletian's Palace

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1,498 Reviews
Free admission
Dioklecijanova Ul. 1, Split, Croatia

The Basics

The magnificent ruins of Diocletian’s Palace are not confined to a traditional archaeological site, but rather are part of the living, breathing heart of Croatia’s second-largest city. They can be seen during guided biking, Segway, and walking tours of Split as well as during food and wine tours. The ruins also feature onGame of Thrones location tours, with the HBO hit series having filmed scenes here. Organized day tours to Split from Dubrovnik, Zadar, Makarska, and Trogir typically include guided tours of Diocletian’s Palace.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Split

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Kristin_W, Apr 2021
Grand Split Walking Tour with Diocletian's Palace and optional Wine Tasting
Tour was fantastic. The guide was prompt. Answered questions. He was patient, personable, super knowledgeable about the history of the city and palace, including the architecture and he made it relevant for adults and kids.
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Nice tour!
Eoin_K, Sep 2020
Split & Diocletian's Palace Walking Tour with optional Wine and Food Tasting
Very informative and entertaining, our guide was clearly very knowledgeable about the history of the area
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90 minute palace walking trip
Spammie, Sep 2020
90-min Diocletian Palace Walking Tour with optional Wine and food Tasting
What a fantastic experience. Our guide was so knowledgeable and gave his 4 clients well over 90 minutes of his time. Very professional and so informative. Thank you for a great time
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Highly Recommend!
Veronica_S, Aug 2020
Grand Split Walking Tour with Diocletian's Palace and optional Wine Tasting
Tania our guide was very knowledgeable and provided one of the best tours we've had! Everything went well, and she was on time as well. Great start to our trip! Highly recommend! Thank you!! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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A great guide makes all the difference
Carolyn K, Sep 2019
Grand Split Walking Tour with Diocletian's Palace and optional Wine Tasting
Jelena was a fantastic guide. A native Splitchani and knowledgeable about the history, she made Diocletian's Palace come to life!
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Walking tour of Old town Split and Diocletian’s palace
Karen_C, Aug 2020
Split & Diocletian's Palace Walking Tour with optional Wine and Food Tasting
Tanja our guide was very knowledgable and give us an in-depth insight into the palace of Diocletian and the area of Split-Dalmatia. She was very friendly and had a very good sense of humour which entertained us. Thank you. Would highly recommend you do this tour if you decide to visit the old town. Thank you.
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Great trip!
jacqueagne, Nov 2019
Split Shore Excursion: Diocletian Palace and Trogir Tour
This was a wonderful excursion. The Diocletian Palace is huge and would have been extremely difficult to navigate without a guide. Our guide, Kristina, took us to all of the highlights, including a performance by a group of tenors in a part of the palace with world renown acoustics, all the while avoiding the crowds. Trogir is a beautiful little island that was well worth the short trip.
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Good value
wellis1958, Nov 2019
Split Shore Excursion: Diocletian Palace and Trogir Tour
Tour and guide were good. A lot cheaper than what was offered by ship. Suggest better instructions of where to meet though. Hard to locate guide. Should say meet at display of town centre at end of shops on water front across road from palace. It is not a statue.
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Really informative and well done!
Skye_T, Aug 2020
Split & Diocletian's Palace Walking Tour with optional Wine and Food Tasting
We really enjoyed the walking tour of Split, our guide was friendly, super informative, and very clear. We visited a range of sites, both bigger ones and ones we wouldn't necessarily have wandered to or found on our own. We got a fantastic overview of the city, the culture, and came away with a clear picture of Split as a whole. Would definitely recommend.
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Fantastic tour
Roam694584, Aug 2019
90-min Diocletian Palace Walking Tour with optional Wine and food Tasting
Tour guide was great, shared a great deal of interesting history while sharing advice on what else to visit
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Excellent tour
Tapan_S, Aug 2020
Split & Diocletian's Palace Walking Tour with optional Wine and Food Tasting
Our guide Ivan was excellent. I learnt a lot about history of Diocletian and the palace. The 6pm tour was good so we could avoid the scorching sun .
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Nice, brief tour - to the point - with a knowledgeable guide!
Amanda_R, Aug 2020
Split & Diocletian's Palace Walking Tour with optional Wine and Food Tasting
It was a quick and interesting tour of the Old Town. Adequate for our teenagers and us. It was exactly what we were looking for on a hot day - as we didn't want to be walking around too long - but wanted to get the basics of the Old Town area. He did try to stick to the shady areas when we stopped to talk, which I really appreciated.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • One of the most magnificent Roman ruins in existence, Diocletian’s Palace is a must for ancient history aficionados.

  • Bring a sun hat, sunglasses, water, and sunscreen if exploring during the summer months as it can be hot and humid.

  • Some parts of the old town, including the palace’s underground ruins and the Riva seafront promenade, which is bordered by the palace’s southern facade, are wheelchair accessible, though large parts are not.

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How to Get There

Diocletian’s Palace faces out to the harbor in Split Old Town. The palace can be accessed on foot via the Bronze Gate (sometimes called the Brass Gate) at the eastern end of the Riva, 300 feet (100 meters) from the ferry terminal.

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When to Get There

Diocletian’s Palace is enchanting at any time of the year, though May, June, and September strike an appealing balance, promising sunny weather but fewer crowds. Summer is prime visitor season, and tourist numbers and temperatures both peak in July and August. During these months, come first thing in the morning to avoid the afternoon rush.

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Navigating Diocletian’s Palace

Finding your way around the alleyways, hidden courtyards, and twisting and turning streets can be difficult for first-timers. Use the gates to help get your bearings: Golden Gate is located in the north wall, Bronze Gate (or Brass Gate) in the south, Silver Gate to the east, and Iron Gate to the west. Kresimirova Street, Split’s Decumanus Maximus, runs directly between the east and west gates, dividing the palace in two: To the south was the emperor’s imperial residence, while the northern section housed soldiers and servants.

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