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Dramatised Inquisition Walking Tour
Activities in Madrid

Dramatised Inquisition Walking Tour

32 reviews | 287 travellers
We loved the tour. Eva, the guide, makes it super entertaining. Although it is true that not only does it speak to you about the Inquisition, but also about other mysteries that occurred in Madrid, it is not something that is about.
10 Beatriz
US$ 20.80
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The public condemnations of the Tribunal of the Holy Office terrorised Spain for centuries. Travel through time to one of the darkest eras of the country's history: discover the spine-chilling secrets of the Spanish Inquisition on a dramatised route around Madrid.

Plaza de la Villa, in Madrid
Statue of Philip III in Madrid's Plaza Mayor
Professional storyteller guides
Discovering the secrets of the Black Legend
Actors at Madrid's Royal Palace
Dressed for the ocasion
On the tour

Dramatised Inquisition Walking Tour Itinerary

You'll begin your Spanish Inquisition walking tour of Madrid at dusk in Plaza de la Provincia. Look deep into the gloom... someone is waiting for you. Dressed head-to-toe in Medieval Gothic attire and holding a flickering lantern, your professional storyteller will loom out of the shadows. Join them and prepare for your journey back in time to the era of the Black Legend of Spain.

In front of you, the majestic Palace of the Holy Cross stands imposingly. These days the location of the Spanish foreign affairs ministry, your guide will reveal the truth of its sinister past as the Cárcel de Corte, or state prison, where heretics would be condemned to death by burning at the stake. 

Following your storyteller through a darkening cobbled alleyway, you'll reach Plaza Mayor. The elegant square, a popular tourist attraction, has not always been a happy place. During the Spanish Inquisition, the historic plaza would play host to the most gruesome spectacle of all: the auto-da-fé, or the public torturing and executions of the accused. These morbid shows served to warn the locals of their potential fate should they take a wrong step.

While you learn all about the historical background of the Tribunal of the Holy Office, you'll wander past ancient churches and monasteries, as well as visiting the sites where dungeons, prisons and gallows were located.

After journeying deep into the past and discovering the chilling ghost stories and tales of atrocities committed in the darkest days of the Spanish empire, you'll finish your tour - you'll never look at Madrid the same way again! 

Important information

  • This dramatised route around Madrid does not enter any monuments or museums, just visiting the outsides.
  • The activity is not recommended for children under 10 years old.
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Adults Students with valid ID Children under 6
English guided tour
US$ 20.80
US$ 18.50
not permitted

English guided tour

  • Adults

    US$ 20.80
  • Students with valid ID

    US$ 18.50
  • Children under 6

    not permitted

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Covid-19 Measures

All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations to avoid the spread of Covid-19.


1 hour 45 minutes.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.


English speaking storyteller with expert knowledge of Spanish Inquisition history in Madrid.

Dramatised scenes.

When to book?

You can book up until 18 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Type of voucher

Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.


All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code. Specifically, this activity applies the following practices: Show more

Printed material is avoided.

No single-use plastics are used.

The show represents local culture.

The activity helps the dissemination of local cultural heritage.

No printing of documentation required.

Promotes local employment.

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Not permitted.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

  • Q - Is a minimum number of participants required?

    A - This activity requires a minimum of 4 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.

If you have any other questions please contact us.

US$ 20.80
No hidden fees or surcharges


Non refundable. You may not cancel this activity.

Meeting point

Plaza de la Provincia.