Found in 13th Century at a time when City was not even in place and was just one of the major trading squares. Turku Castle is one of the oldest building in Finland. Situated on the banks of Aura River, this medieval building has played many a roles – a guard, an affluent palace, seat of a Government, as a prison, a warehouse and as a barrack! The castle is now also a home to a museum that and has become one of the most visited by locals and a popular tourist destination among tourists.
Museum has on display an interesting exhibition, including furniture and medieval costumes that depicts Castle’s journey from its early days till today.
Pay a visit to the gift shop – Fatabur Museum shop – to buy gift and souvenirs for the loved ones and enjoy a delectable meal or a cup of coffee at their in house restaurant and cafe – Duke John’s Cellar.
- Reservation for the restaurant can be made at +358 (0) 50 409 6663.
- Children (7–15 years): 5 €
- Children (4–6 years): 2 €
- Children under 4 years of age: FREE
- Family ticket: 20 €
- Admissions to the Castle will close 30 minutes prior to the closing time.
- Restaurant and Cafe Timings- Tuesday to Saturday – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, 2nd June to 31st August – Monday to Sunday – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
- Nearest Bus Stops – Turku satama laituri 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
- Castle has a restaurant and a cafe
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95% of people who visit Turku include Turku Castle in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
88.51% of people start their Turku Castle visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Turku Castle
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Turku Castle
Amazing! Honestly, I do not like to visit castle usually since they are either completely ruined or so much renovated that you see nothing but some old recreational pictures. That was not the case of Turku Castle. It is true it is quite renovated some areas, but even so, you can feel how everything was before. Castle is divided into two different areas, the old and main castle and an extension it was done some years later. It is quite nice since you can feel how time changed along two centuries. It is a tour it deserve to pay since you can spend around 1:30h visiting the area and reading some interesting history of Turku and Finland. Additionally, surrounders are quite nice with a yard and Turku harbour next to castle. Highly recommended!
Hands on experience at a beautifully restored and maintained medieval castle. We happened to visit on a "medieval day" where there were many people dressed for the time period and "playing parts" throughout the castle. These "actors" were super knowledgeable about their "profession" and seemed genuinely invested in and actually aware of the history and background they were conveying. It was amazing. The children's activities were also very well presented and fun for my 5yo. Definitely recommend visiting.
Magnificent castle and very interesting tour. We visited Turku Castle with my parents who have taken visitors all over Finland and this is one place they like to take everyone. It was fascinating to learn the history of the castle and it's role in the area. Too many amazing things to list. Definitely worth a visit!
Many many many rooms. To me, it's too much to see. I walked very fast, not really looking at the text displayed, but it still took me an hour to walk all the way through. Still, the atmosphere is great. I enjoyed the darkness when I'm alone in the room, a little bit scary, but atmospheric.
The castle is large and the walk thru is well organized. I loved being in the castle. The only thing I would have liked is to have more period furniture to show the rooms. It is worth the trip to Turku.