One of the grisliest periods of Spanish history, the Tribunal of the Holy Office terrorized Spain and any heretics it could find over the course of for centuries. Discover the spine-chilling secrets of the Spanish Inquisition on this fascinating walking tour of Madrid.
Spanish Inquisition Tour
As night begins to fall, so does the perfect atmosphere to begin your Spanish Inquisition tour, a pitch black period in the history of Spain, in which over 2,000 people were burnt alive, with entire groups, such as the Jewish people expelled from Spain.
What began as an attempt to control and maintain the orthodoxy of the Catholic church quickly gave way to mass trials and murder. And your guide, an expert in Spanish history, will bring to life some of the most striking stories from the time.
In the Convent of San Plácido you will hear tales of exorcisms, the ritual removal of evil spirits, on the very spot where they took place and where, once in a while, a cold chill still can be felt. And in Plaza Mayor, today a sun-dappled spot filled with tourists, you'll hear of the executions, burnings, and the torture meted out in the name of the Lord. And you'll take a tour of the Inquisition jail used to lock up heretics, all that time ago...
The tour then ends back at its starting point in Plaza Mayor.
The tour is exclusively in English.
English speaking guide with expert knowledge of Spanish Inquisition history in Madrid.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
If there are still places available, you can book until the previous day (local time in Madrid).
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
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.
No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).