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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)

Ticket Adult Child(5-18), senior citizen
Entrance Fee 29 15
*3D Movie 13 13
Biblical City of David- Guided Tour 60 45
Guided Tour for “Matmon” card owner 35 32
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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  • 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

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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.

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