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.
Dramatised Inquisition Walking Tour
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!
- 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.
Tour in English
Students with valid IDUS$ 17.40
Children 6-11 years oldUS$ 11.60
Children under 6not permitted
Please check local restrictions before traveling. All of our services comply with recommendations to avoid the spread of Covid-19.
1 hour 45 minutes.
The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.
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.
Not wheelchair accessible.
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.
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.
Plaza de la Provincia.