No trip to Russia would be complete without going into the Kremlin to see the stunning architecture and antiquities that have been preserved from the time of the Tsars.
However, there are a few quirks around getting the correct tickets for entrance that you need to be aware of if you want to avoid disappointment. The Kremlin itself actually comprises of four main attractions and you will need separate tickets for each.
Always check up to date information on the opening hours and days of the Kremlin, as these can vary depending on the season.
2. The Kremlin Architectural Complex
This 500RUB ticket gives you access to the grounds of the Kremlin itself, as well as the major cathedrals and any exhibitions within them. You cannot gain access to the Armoury Chamber, the Ivan the Great Bell Tower or the Diamond Fund with this ticket.
You can easily purchase these tickets in advance online, or at the ticket counters by the main entrance in Alexander Garden.
2. The Armoury Chamber
This 700RUB ticket gives you access to the Armoury Chamber, where a wide array of treasures that have been preserved since the time of the Tsars are held. There is a limited number of sessions and tickets for the armoury every day.
You can either purchase them online in advance, or at the Alexander Garden ticket office 45mins before the session time.
3. The Ivan The Great Bell Tower
The bell tower museum is less visited than the armoury, but well worth a look (if you can handle a lot of steps!). You will need to purchase a 250RUB ticket at the Alexander ticket office to gain entry – no online booking is available. The bell tower also has a limited number of tickets every day.
4. The Diamond Fund
Although it is situated inside the same building as the armoury, you will require a separate 500RUB ticket to see the Diamond Fund Exhibition. Previously you could only buy tickets for the Dimaond Fund inside, but you can now purchase them at the Alexander Garden ticket offices at windows 4 and 5. There are a limited number of tickets and session times every day.
- There are two entrances to the Kremlin, both near the Alexander Gardens. The main entrance to the grounds is to your right as you exit the ticket offices (up a large ramp).
- If you are just going to view the Armoury Museum or Diamond Fund, you can use the second entrance to your left when exiting the ticket office.
- Do not try and enter the Kremlin from Red Square!
- If you time your visit right, you can easily see everything the Kremlin has to offer in a day. Book as many tickets as possible online and arrive early to purchase the others to avoid queues.
- The Kremlin is closed on Thursdays.
- The official site for the Kremlin is: www.kreml.ru
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