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City of David

Come take a 90 second tour of the City of David. See the recent discoveries of the Israel Antiquities Authority, see a clip from our award winning 3D movie, travel back in time through Warren’s Shaft and Hezekiah’s Tunnel. The City of David is located south of the Temple Mount. In 1800 BCE a well-fortified city was established here because of the Gihon Spring – Jerusalem’s only natural water source, and its strategic location – surrounded on all sides by mountains yet protected by deep valleys.

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Pass through the underground tunnels  through which the city was conquered and residents fled. Go down to the hidden spring where kings were coronated. 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.

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.
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.
  • Enjoy our coffee & snack shop as well as a gift shop with unique souvenirs, books and jewelry.
  • 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 (around 50 meters), make a right. The entrance to the City of David will be on your left hand side.

Hezekiah’s Tunnel Guidelines:

  • For those that choose to walk through the water tunnel, water shoes and flashlights are required (available for purchase in 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)
  • Babies and toddler may enter in  a front baby carrier only. No strollers please.
  • For your convenience, there are storage lockers at the site  at a cost of 10 nis.
  • We apologize but there is no room to store baby carriages.
  • Transportation is available at the end of the tour to take you to the starting point at a cost of 5 nis.

“City of David” YouTube Channel

Opening Hours at the City of David National Park

Winter Schedule:

  • Sun-Thur 08:00-17:00
  • Fri 08:00-14:00

Summer Schedule:

  • Sun-Thur 08:00-19:00
  • Fri 08:00-16:00

Hebrew Tours Winter Schedule

  • Sun-Thur 10:00, 14:00
  • Fri 10:00, 14:00

Hebrew Tours Summer Schedule

  • Sun-Thur 10:00, 14:00
  • Fri 10:00, 14:00

English Tours Winter Schedule

  • Sun-Thur 10:00, 14:00
  • Fri 10:00

English Tours Summer Schedule

  • Sun-Thur 10:00, 16:00
  • Fri 10:00

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