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City of David

Ir David

Ir David” or the “City of David”, is the actual location of the biblical city of Jerusalem captured by King David over 3,000 years ago.  The Ir David Foundation (Amutat EL-AD), a non-profit organization established in 1986, is dedicated to the preservation and development of the Biblical City of David and its environs.

Pass through the underground tunnels  through which the city was conquered and residents fled. Go down to the hidden spring where kings were crowned. Walk in illuminated darkness through the water 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 was born.

  • Tickets can be purchased until two hours before closing time
  • The last entrance to Hezekiah’s Tunnel is one hour before closing time
  • The last entrance to the Warrens Shaft  is one hour before closing time.
  • Last entrance  to Warrens Shaft   does not  include  walking through Hezekiah’s Tunnel.

Israelandyou’s Recommendation

The Ir David Foundation (Amutat EL-AD) has done a great job. The site is working at about 100% capacity. I highly recommend that they rent “Tour Guide Systems” to guides leading groups. With the crowded conditions and ancient acoustics Tour Guide Systems would allow the guide to speak quietly without bothering other groups and to ensure his explanations are heard by all the members of the group. What do you think?


City of David (Ir David)

Open hours:

Sunday-Thursday 08:00-17:00 (Winter) 08:00-19:00 (Summer)

Friday 08:00-14:00 (Winter) 08:00-16:00 (Summer)

TicketAdultChild(5-18), senior citizen
Entrance Fee2915
*3D Movie1313
Biblical City of David- Guided Tour6045
Guided Tour for “Matmon” card owner3532
Start Point: The City of David- Visitors Center
  • A guided tour of the City of David includes:
  • 3D Movie
  • A panoramic view of the surrounding area
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  • 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.
End Point: The City of David- Visitors Center

Archaeology and Numismatics

Hezekiah’s Tunnel on an Israeli stamp.
Essential Information
  • Tour length is 3 hours.
  • 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 or walking barefoot is strictly prohibited. Entrance recommended for those 5 years and older.
  • The water may reach up to 70cm (28 inches).
  • Please notice 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 room to store baby carriages.
  • The Old City is closed off to private vehicles.
  • 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.
  • Transportation is available at the end of the tour to take you to the starting point. Cost- 5 NIS.

About Israel and You

Cameling in the holy land since forever
  • Population transfer is the logical solution
    It is interesting to note,
    that Jordan is a country that never existed in history before WWI and nobody is
    contesting its legitimacy or territorial sovereignty and control. The same
    powers that established 21 Arab States
    plus Jordan after WWI, established the State of Israel based on the Balfour
    Declaration and the San Remo Treaty of 1920.

    On the other hand, Israel
    and its Jewish people have over 4,000 years of history.

    Many nations and people are questioning Israel’s
    control of its liberated territory. No one is mentioning that the Arab
    countries had persecuted and ejected about a million Jewish families and their
    children from their countries, confiscated their assets, businesses, homes and
    Real estate 650,00 Jewish people and their children of these expelled Jewish
    people were resettled in Greater Israel. The Land the Arab countries confiscated from the Jewish people 120,400 sq. km. or 75,000 sq.
    miles, which is over 5-6 times the size of Israel, and its value today is
    the trillions of dollars.

    Let the 21 Arab countries resettle the Arab
    Palestinians in the land they confiscated from the Jews which is 4 times the
    size of Israel. Provide them with funds
    they confiscated from the million Jewish people they expelled and let them
    build an economy, This will benefit both the Arab-Palestinians and the hosting
    countries, The other alternative is relocate the Arab-Palestinians to Jordan,
    (originally land allocated for the Jewish people) which is already 80%
    Arab-Palestinians, and give them funds to relocate and build an economy. This
    will solve the Arab-Palestinians refugee problem once and for all. It will also
    reduce hostility and strife in the region.

    If this is not discrimination against Israel, I do not know what is.

    It seems like nobody cares about land violations in
    other countries in the world, but when it comes to Israel, everyone has a say. Israel’s rights in the terms of
    the treaty of San Remo of 1920 are in affect in
    perpetuity. It clearly states that the Jewish people are the only ones with
    political rights in the British Mandate of Palestine and that the Jewish people
    can live anywhere in the British Mandate.

    If the U.S., Europe and other countries will
    stop meddling, and stop its criticism and involvement in the politics of Israel and the Arabs, than there
    will be a chance for peace.

    We know the great powers are only interested in the
    OIL and nothing else, that is the bottom line.

    A true and lasting peace in Israel will bring mammoth
    economic prosperity to The Israelis and The Arabs alike.

    An approach to peace starts by teaching the
    Arab-Palestinian children and the people not to hate and condemn any acts of
    violence that hurts civilian populations and stop celebrating and rewarding the
    death and destruction of each other.

    YJ Draiman