Kerameikos: the Athenian necropolis


  • Self-guided audio tour
    Follow the story at your own pace
  • English
    For both audio and stories included
Kerameikos: the Athenian necropolis


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  • 3h 10min
  • 117 stories
  • 2.45km distance
  • 32 stops

The Athenians chose the most beautiful suburb of their city as a cemetery for their glorious dead heroes, their families, and the occasional blood-thirsty tyrant. And because they were Greeks, they made sure to adorn their tombs with exquisite works of art that remain elegant and poignant, capturing our imagination with their timeless beauty.

Waltz in the Kerameikos with a self-guided audio tour on your phone designed by an accredited expert. Listen to fascinating stories, based on an award-winning storytelling concept, and gain great insights into one of the most iconic landmarks of Athens. Start your tour from the entrance of the archaeological site and a small hill that has a panoramic view of Kerameikos, and then continue to explore the rich history of the site, and the archaeological museum dedicated to the objects and artifacts found here. This is an unmissable opportunity to experience at your own pace the archaeological site of Kerameikos with a captivating audio tour on your phone.


Cover photo: ©George E. Koronaios / Commons Wikimedia


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Pass through the entrance and present your ticket. Then, facing the archaeological site, go straight ahead until you reach a small hill that has a panoramic view of the site. Sit under the shadow of the tree and listen to the stories about Kerameikos.

Leonidas Argyros

A grumpy man with a PhD. He is fascinated by words; when he sees them forming beautiful sentences he feels like an apprentice wizard who just produced fancy potions out of cauldrons full of frog legs and tears of bats. In his spare time he roams about town or watches anything produced and narrated by Sir David Attenborough, an inexhaustible source of similes. In Canada, he learned to love the cold, but he is much happier working in Athens.

Inclusions and Exclusions


  • Self-guided audio tour in English on your smartphone (Android & iOS)
  • An activation link to access your audio tour
  • Offline content (text, audio narration and maps) to avoid roaming charges


  • Entrance fee to the archaeological site of Kerameikos (including Archaeological Museum of Kerameikos)
  • Live Guide
  • Smartphone or headphones
  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation
  • App not compatible with Windows phones
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Mandatory items

Charged smartphone, headphones, (comfortable shoes, hat & sunscreen)

The location


148 Ermou str, Athens

Starting point

148 Ermou str, Athens

Directions to starting point

The self-guided audio tour is designed to start at the entrance of the archaeological site of Kerameikos (148 Ermou str, Athens). The easiest way to get there is by train (the green line, Thiseion station), or by metro (blue line, Kerameikos station).


  • The Themistoclean wall
  • The Z, Y and X buildings
  • The Sacred Gate
  • The proteichisma
  • The Dipylon Gates
  • The Pompeion
  • The fountain
  • Demosion sema
  • The Tomb of the Lacedaemonians
  • The Tritopatreion
  • West tumulus
  • The Grave Stele of Dexileos

Important information

Opening hours

From April 1st to October 31st

From 08:00 to 18:00

Last admission 17:40

Additional admission

Entrance ticket to Kerameikos.

From April 1st to October 31st: 8€

From November 1st to March 31st: 4€

Know before you book

  • Please consider that admission fees for the archaeological site of Kerameikos and the archaeological museum of Kerameikos are not included. 
  • This is a downloadable self-guided audio tour for your smartphone, accessible through our app. No live guide will accompany you. No VR / AR is included
  • No live guide or meeting point provided.
  • After booking, you will receive an email with further instructions on how to access and download your audio tour. Please check your email spam folder as well
  • Book per device to be used, not per participant
  • An Android (version 5.0 and later) or iOS smartphone is required. The audio tour is not compatible with Windows Phones, iPhone 5/5C or older, iPod Touch 5th generation or older, iPad 4th generation or older, iPad Mini 1st generation
  • You will need storage space on your phone (100-150 MB)
  • The site is wheelchair accessible.

Know before you go

  • Mobile signals may be weak at the site(s). Download your audio tour on your smartphone prior to your visit to fully enjoy it.
  • After booking, you will receive an email with further instructions on how to access and download your audio tour. Please check your email spam folder as well
  • Ensure that your smartphone is fully charged & that you bring your earphones
  • Please wear sunscreen and a hat during the hot summer months 
  • Visitors are advised to wear comfortable shoes
  • Large backpacks and bulky bags/ luggage might be not allowed in the archaeological site
  • Wear sunscreen, a hat, and comfortable shoes 

Contributors and Bibliography



Image Credits:

Stop 1: © Maria Aivalioti

Stop 2: © Maria Aivalioti

Stop 3: © Maria Aivalioti

Stop 4: © Nikos Zacharioudakis

Stop 5: © Maria Aivalioti

Stop 6: © Giovanni Dall’orto / Commons Wikimedia

Stop 7: © Clio Muse

Stop 8: © Nikos Zacharioudakis

Stop 9: © Maria Aivalioti

Stop 10: © Maria Aivalioti

Stop 11: © Nikos Zacharioudakis

Stop 12: © Maria Aivalioti

Stop 13: © Maria Aivalioti

Stop 14: © George E. Koronaios / Commons Wikimedia

Stop 15: © DerHexer / Commons Wikimedia

Stop 16: ©  Giovanni Dall’Orto / Commons Wikimedia

Stop 17: © Maria Aivalioti

Stop 18: © Maria Aivalioti

Stop 19: © Maria Aivalioti

Stop 20: © George E. Koronaios / Commons Wikimedia

Stop 21: © Maria Aivalioti

Stop 22: © Maria Aivalioti

Stop 23: © Maria Aivalioti

Stop 24: © Maria Aivalioti

Stop 25: © Maria Aivalioti

Stop 26: © Maria Aivalioti

Stop 27: © Maria Aivalioti

Stop 28: © Maria Aivalioti

Stop 29: © Maria Aivalioti

Stop 30: © Maria Aivalioti

Stop 31: © Maria Aivalioti

Stop 32: © Μαρσύας (Marsyas) / Commons Wikimedia

Download the app

To take this self-guided tour, you will need to download the Clio Muse Tours app on your iOS or Android device. Enjoy your tour!

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