David’s Tower (also known as David’s Citadel or Jerusalem Citadel) should not be confused with the City of David & Hezekiah’s Tunnel (or with the five star hotel with the same nearby!)
This castle-like structure is part of the Jerusalem Old City walls and is a fascinating open air museum. The current walls were built by Suleiman the Magnificent, on the site of Herod’s Palace.
The facade of the museum — the Citadel itself — is a great and fascinating archaeological site, and offers visitors stunning 360-degree views of the Old City and the modern Jerusalem available.
David’s Citadel itself is well worthwhile – extremely interesting and some superb views of Jerusalem from the upper levels. It is a real labyrinth spread over several levels – however, the main areas are somewhat accessible for the infirm, disabled or pushchair residents. As such it makes a reasonable alternative for those who can’t manage the Old City Wall Tour and for those who can manage both; they are conveniently situated together (but beware there is so much to do on both – plan your time carefully.)
In addition, David’s Tower has been turned into a veritable happening place – there is always something happening – the museum hosts temporary and permanent exhibitions on the history of Jerusalem. There are also lectures, educational programs, and special cultural lectures. At night, it comes to life with the Tower of David Night Spectacular, a fascinating and incredible sound and light show, in which the audio-visual effects bring the Citadel and the Old City to life to provide the story of Jerusalem. It is truly a wonderful, unique, and unforgettable experience.
Children will love the rambling towers and rooms, and it makes for some great photography. In short, this is one place not to be missed. We have just provided an overview here – check out the website, it is more than just comprehensive.
Sunday to Thursday – 9:00 to 16:00
Saturday – 9:00 to 14:00
Child: (3 to 18 years of age) NIS18
Discounts available for students, seniors, soldiers, and persons with disability.
Full details and on-line tickets at Tower of David Museum