City of David National Park

From 14 NIS per person

an hour and a half

family With children, With children over 8 years old, Adults

Difficulty : Medium

not accessible, The tour includes steps and walking in an underground tunnel

 This is a self-guided tour, for a guided tour book the Biblical City of David tour.

Come and discover Jerusalem’s secrets!

On the City of David hill, next to the Western Wall, the city of Jerusalem was born thousands of years ago.

Come and see for yourself the horizon of ancient Jerusalem. Walk underground in the waters of the Siloam tunnel, touch the ancient buildings and be part of a magical, mysterious journey to the heart of Jerusalem.

For those walking in the wet route – bring suitable shoes for walking in water and a change of clothes.

Closing hours of the City of David National Park on the Tishrei holidays:

  • 24.09 – Yom Kippur eve at 12:00
  • 29.09 – Sukkot Eve – at 2:30 p.m
  • 6.10 – Simchat Torah evening – at 2:30 p.m
  • 1-5.10 Chol hamoed Sukkot  – at 18:00
  • Hezekiah tunnel closing times – about an hour and a half before the website closes
  • Dry tunnel closing times – about an hour before the site closes

 

Facilities on site

Toilets
Cafeteria
Gift shop
Sukkah

Essential Information

Important note: It is difficult to find parking next to the Kotel and the City of David. These are our recommended arrival directions.

Arrival by private car:
Nearby parking lots
Karta and Mamilla parking lots (free charged):
Button – Navigation by WAZE
Walking distance from Karta / Mamilla parking lots to the City of David is approximately 20 minutes. Arrival by taxi is recommended.
Mt. Zion parking lot (fee charged):
Button – Navigation by WAZE

Zion Gate / David’s Tomb parking lot (fee charged) – Approximately 9-minute walk to the City of David. Parking based on availability.

Navigation for walking:
Coming from the Kotel, turn left at the Dung Gate and it is a 2-minute walk to the City of David.
Button – Navigation with Google Maps

Public transportation to the City of David
Egged bus routes:
Route 1 – Central Bus Station – Kotel
Route 3 – Central Bus Station – Kotel
Route 38 – Jewish Quarter (circular route the goes by the Kotel)
Route 2 – From Kikar Tzahal (IDF Square) / Yitzhak Kariv Street (circular route operated by Superbus)

Taxis:
Taxis are always allowed to enter through Jaffa Gate; therefore, you can get to the City of David by taxi.

There is a cafeteria on site offering food and drink options.

  • Starting point: City of David National Park Visitors Center
  • View the Impressive panoramic view from Beit Hatzofeh Lookout
  • Mazar Excavations – The Palace – an impressive public structure from the period of the Judaean kings
  • The government area and remnants of private homes
  • The underground water system – Warren’s Shaft, the Spring House, and the Canaanite Pool
  • Hezekiah’s tunnel (water depth up to 70 cm). Alternatively, it is possible to walk in the dry Canaanite channel.
  • Endpoint: City of David National Park Visitors Center

Winter clock:

Sunday- Thursday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Friday: 8:00 am- 2:00 pm

Summer clock:

Sunday- Thursday: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm, Friday: 8:00 am- 4:00 pm

Last entry to the water system (Shiloah Tunnel): two and a half hours before closing

FAQ

The City of David National Park is a secure site, and we work in full cooperation with the security forces.

not accessible. The tour includes stairs and walking in an underground tunnel.

Unfortunately, due to the limitations of the archeological site, it is not wheelchair accessible

Parking is very limited, we highly reccomend to use public transportation

Yes. The entrance to the tunnel is recommended for ages 5 and up, the water height reaches up to 70 cm. Babies can be brought into the tunnel using a front carrier only.

The height of the water reaches up to 70 cm.

You can purchase a ticket for the 3D performance on the basis of available space at the visitor’s center box office, with an additional fee of NIS 15 per person.

You can buy a separate ticket for the performance only for those who have purchased an entrance ticket to the National Park.

You can take shuttles from the entrance to the Pool of Shiloah back to the visitor center, at a cost of NIS 7 per person.
(You can buy a ticket from the usher at the Pool of Shiloah) or return on foot through the Canal or the boardwalk in the City of David National Park.

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