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Madrid: The Spanish Inquisition Walking Tour

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Madrid: The Spanish Inquisition Walking Tour

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One of the darkest and most fascinating chapters in the history of Spain is the Spanish Inquisition, when power centralized under the unified Spanish kingdom. On this walking tour that's perfect for history fans, learn how the brutal tribunals played out in Madrid. Uncover the legends of the Inquisition, its key players, and how torture was used against its victims. By the end of the tour, see Madrid through the lens of history.
  • Explore Madrid on foot, and learn the history of the Spanish Inquisition
  • See Madrid's top sights, like Plaza Mayor, and Monastery of the Encarnación
  • Learn about the origins and practices of the Inquisition from your guide
  • Enjoy convenient meet-up in Plaza Mayor, a public square in central Madrid
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Departure Point

Plaza Mayor, Madrid, Spain

Your Spanish Inquisition Walking Tour starts in front of the Tourist Information Centre in Plaza Mayor. Look for the SANDEMANs NEW Europe team with a red t-shirt and red umbrella.

Departure Time

7:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Children up to 13 years old are welcome to join this tour for free. We reserve the right to ask for a valid ID for children joining our tours
  • The independent guides who employ us to market their tours have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites & stories mentioned and lasts about 2 hours, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Madrid: The Spanish Inquisition Walking Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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What is the social distancing policy during Madrid: The Spanish Inquisition Walking Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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  • "The next time I’m in Madrid it’ll be a must to take in another tour." See review
  • "There are spots to keep dry and Spain is hot, so a bit of rain helps." See review


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Great experience
, Mar 2020
Took this tour knowing nothing about the Spanish inquisition with my 2 older kids. Lexi was awesome full of knowledge explaining and giving lots of details! It super impressed my 19yr old son who still keeps saying mom that was a great tour! Will recommend to everyone.
Fantastic Spanish Inquisition tour
, Feb 2020
Alex was a star. He brought a level of interest to the subject that few instructors seem to be capable of. He added depth of knowledge with a sense of humour on the subject of the Spanish Inquisition in his own unique way. The next time I’m in Madrid it’ll be a must to take in another tour.
Great history lesson
, Feb 2020
Alex did a fantastic job of highlighting the Spanish Inquisition and helping to dispel some of the imaginaries associated with it. Great interactive history lesson!
Mark was great!
, Nov 2019
We enjoyed the tour. Mark did a great job. We enjoyed his personal commentary! Wish there were more of the gritty details but for the price it was great!
Very interesting !
, Oct 2019
We were in Jovan's team . He was very professional, funny , knowledgeable guy. We really enjoyed it . Very recommended!!! Thank you so much
Great Tour of the Spanish Inquisition
Jayne G
, Sep 2019
Excellent tour by Sebastian. Very interesting and enlightening. Sebastian is very friendly , charismatic and knowledgeable. Definitely worth doing this tour
I didn't expect this!
Michael P
, Aug 2019
Unfortunately, I didn't make a note of the guide's name (Ernesto?), which is a shame as he is VERY good. I had read about the Spanish Inquisition before my visit to Madrid but to see the sights and tread the same streets as the infamous organisation was chilling. Ernesto's explanations and insights really brought the story to life and the route through the streets showed areas of the city normally off the tourist trail.
Great Educational Night Walking Tour
, Jul 2019
Family of 4, it’s cooler at night and actually rained during the tour. There are spots to keep dry and Spain is hot, so a bit of rain helps. The tour was educational and took us thru streets of Madrid. The group lead was helpful and informative. Answered all of our questions. Family if 2 adults, 13 year old and 9 year old attended the tour. Walking tour is more manageable at night when cooler compared to navigating thru the massive traffic congestion in Madrid.
Two Hours Well Spent
, Apr 2019
We went on this tour just hours after arriving in Madrid for the first time. It was a great introduction to the city's (and country's) history but it was also a good introduction to central Madrid. Our tour guide, Alex, was very engaging and entertaining.

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