City of David - Tours of Biblical Jerusalem

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Journey through the underground tunnels through which the city was conquered and residents fled. Go down to the hidden spring where kings were coronated. Explore the underground mysteries of Hezekiah’s Tunnel, where water has flowed since the time of the prophets. Join the mysterious, magical journey between ancient shafts, walls and fortresses at the City of David, the place where Jerusalem began.

New! The “Spring Tower” presentation – We invite you to feel the story of the Gihon Spring in a multisensory presentation that will draw you into the past, moments before your entrance into the water system. Entrance to the presentation is included in the ticket price.
 

The City of David National Park also has an exciting nighttime show “Hallelujah.” Click here for more details

Tour Track 
Start Point:
The City of David- Visitors Center

A guided tour of the City of David includes:

  • A panoramic view of the surrounding area
  • Dr. Mazar’s Palace Excavation- an impressive structure from the period of the Judean kings.
  • The Royal Acropolis (Area G) and remnants of remarkable homes from the Biblical Period.
  • The underground water system from the time of Abraham, including recent discoveries of the Canaanite fortress that guarded ancient Jerusalem’s main water source - the Gihon Spring.
  • Walk to lantern lights through the famous Hezekiah's Tunnel (Shiloah tunnel) – complete water track, Walk through the dry Canaanite tunnel, for those who prefer the dry track.

End Point:
The City of David- Visitors Center
Essential Information 
  • Tour length is 3 hours
  • For those that choose to walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel (water tunnel), the tour is 3 hours long
  • The tour includes walking through an underground tunnel. For those that choose to walk through the water tunnel, water shoes and flashlights are required (available for purchase at our Gift Shop). The use of candles and bare feet are strictly prohibited. Entrance recommended for those 5 years and older
  • The water may reach up to 70 cm (28 inches)
  • Please note that the tour includes walking up and down stairs
  • Babies and toddlers may join the tour in a front baby carrier only. No strollers, please
  • There are storage lockers at the site for your convenience at a cost of 10 NIS. We apologize but there is no storage for baby carriages.
  • In order to reach the City of David by foot, exit the Old City via the Dung Gate (the gate closest to the Western Wall Plaza). Turn left and shortly after (approximately 50 meters), make a right. The entrance to the City of David will be on your left hand side
Prices 
Ticket Adult Child(5-18), senior citizen
Entrance fee 28 NIS 14 NIS
Biblical City of David- Guided Tour* 62 NIS 46 NIS
Guided Tour for "Matmon" card owner  35 NIS 32 NIs
Entrance fee for groups of 30 and more 23 NIS 12 NIS
Additional fee for 3D movie 15 NIS 15 NIS
Private tour guide Up to 3 hours 575 NIS 575 NIS
Private tour guide Up to 2 hours 450 NIS 450 NIS

*5% discount for online ticket purchases

  • Senior citizen - Women from the age of 60, men from the age of 65
  • maximum 35 participants in a group

 

Opening Hours 

Opening Hours at the City of David National Park

Day  
Sun- Thur 8:00 - 17:00
Friday 8:00 - 14:00

 

 Saturdays and Holidays the site is closed

 

The last entry into the water system (Shiloah tunnel) - two and a half hours before the site closes.

 

 

Directions 

 

How to get to the City of David National Park – Secure and easy directions

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 parking garages (fee charged):

Navigation by WAZE

Mamilla parking garages (fee charged):

Navigation by WAZE

Walking distance from Karta / Mamilla parking garages to the City of David approximately 20 minutes. Arrival by taxi is recommended.

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Mt. Zion parking lot (fee charged):

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

Navigation with Google Maps

 

Public transportation to the City of David:

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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)

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Taxis:

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


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The City of David reveals the story of ancient Jerusalem’s revival projected onto the antiquities where the story occurred and using one-of-a-kind video mapping technology for a unique and inspiring experience – all under the stars!

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