Bahrain Fort guide: Everything you need to know about Qal'at al Bahrain

Opening hours, entrance fee and everything in between

Bahrain Fort guide: Everything you need to know about Qal’at al Bahrain

One of the main things drawing people to Bahrain, other than the beautiful weather, is undoubtedly the Kingdom’s rich history

And there’s no better way to get a taste for this than at Bahrain Fort, also known as Qal’at al Bahrain.

Excavations at the site have revealed that humans have occupied the area for nearly 4,500 years, with the current structure dating back to the Portuguese occupation in the 16th century.

The fort was given UNESCO world heritage site status back in 2005, becoming the first site in Bahrain to be represented on the list.

Wander around the fort and you’ll be wowed by the architecture and the views over the Gulf.

Every winter, the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities hosts sound and light shows at Bahrain Fort which give a fascinating insight into the site’s history in both English and Arabic.

Plus, the Bahrain Fort Museum inside also gives visitors a deeper insight into the important archaeological discoveries here and the different periods of Bahrain history starting with the Dilmun Empire.

Entry to the fort is free, but the museum will cost you BHD2 if you’re a foreigner, or BHD1 if you’re a GCC citizen.
Bahrain Fort: Free. Daily 8am-6pm. Qalah (1756 7171).
Bahrain Fort Museum: BHD1 (GCC citizens), BHD2 (foreigners). Tue-Sun 8am-8pm. Qalah (1756 7171).

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