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The estatehere was laid out by Scottish gardeners in the mid-19th century at the behest of a wealthy Englishman, Sir Francis Cook. The centerpiece is the Moorish-style, three-domed Palácio de Monserrate. The original palace was built by the Portuguese viceroy of India, and was later home to Gothic novelist William Beckford. A regular ticket allows you to visit the park and part of the palace (there are also combination tickets with the Pena Palace, Castelo dos Mouros and Convento dos Capuchos), but full guided tours are at 10 am and 3 pm;book several days in advance. The gardens, with their streams, waterfalls, and Etruscan tombs, are famed for their array of tree and plant species, though labels are lacking.

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  • Address: Estrada da Monserrate, Monserrate
  • Phone: 21/923–7300
  • Cost: €5, guided tours of palace and garden (reserve in advance) €10
  • Hours: Apr.–mid-Sept., daily 10–1 and 2–7; mid-Sep.–Mar., daily 10.30–1 and 2–5. Last admission 30 mins before closing
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  • Location: Monserrate

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