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Diocletian's Palace
Diocletian's Palace

Diocletian's Palace

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1,755 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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Historical, funny & brilliant reccomendations
Andrew_O, Sep 2021
Split & Diocletian's Palace Walking Tour with optional Wine and Food Tasting
Mijo was an excellent tour guide, he was very knowledgable and communicated very well with the whole group. His tour gave an excellent historical account of split and gave us good reccomendations for tourist attractions.
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Great way to get an understanding of how the city was formed.
Yvonne_C, Sep 2021
Split & Diocletian's Palace Walking Tour with optional Wine and Food Tasting
We had a lovely tour guide called Tanya, she give us a very good tour which plenty of detail about her city but she also made it very interesting as she knows the city so well.
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Worth Every Penny!
Barbara_H, Sep 2021
90-min Diocletian Palace Walking Tour with optional Wine and food Tasting
Ivan was such a great guide. Wow he knew so much about the history of Croatia and Diolecian’s Palace. We could have stayed and chatted with him for hours!!!! Ivan explained later the extensive schooling he needed to go through in order to be a guide and it blew us away! The tour started promptly and Ivan was funny and knowledgeable. Thank you so much for this awesome history lesson!
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Informative & Fun!
Denise_M, Sep 2021
Grand Split Walking Tour with Diocletian's Palace and optional Wine Tasting
Tonya was by far one of the best tour guides on our vacation. She was very clear, added many personal tips and informative. I highly recommend this tour
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Awesome Tour & Guide
Leisha_O, Sep 2021
90-min Diocletian Palace Walking Tour with optional Wine and food Tasting
Loved this tour! The guide spoke loud and clear so that everyone in our group could hear. She gave lots of information and was very helpful! It made our visit to the palace extra special! So glad we took this tour!!
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Tanja is awesome!
Juan_L, Sep 2021
Split & Diocletian's Palace Walking Tour with optional Wine and Food Tasting
Had a great time! Tanja was super awesome, she definitely made this tour fun. We enjoyed ourselves and got a story of what we were seeing.
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Informative Tour, Great Wine
Kaitlin, Aug 2021
Grand Split Walking Tour with Diocletian's Palace and optional Wine Tasting
Our tour guide was lovely and so informative, and our wine tasting was so much fun! We ended up buying a bottle of red and one of rakija.
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Great intro to Split
Christopher_O, Sep 2021
Split & Diocletian's Palace Walking Tour with optional Wine and Food Tasting
Our guide was excellent. He gave us some history and some current events on the city and the region while sharing his passion for this beautiful city.
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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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Our hostess was lovely!...
thomas_k, Sep 2021
Split & Diocletian's Palace Walking Tour with optional Wine and Food Tasting
Our hostess was lovely! She was super friendly and we learned some amazing facts about Split and Croatia!
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Cheerful and great tour of the palace
Shefali_B, Aug 2021
Grand Split Walking Tour with Diocletian's Palace and optional Wine Tasting
Mr Darka was a very fun guide on our walking tour of Split.. his sense of humor was charming and he had all the answers.. he threw in some Game of thrones details as well that were fun! It was a great informative tour

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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