Attractions

Top Choice Historic Building in Muharraq Island

Beit Sheikh Isa Bin Ali Al Khalifa

Offering a fascinating look at pre-oil life in Bahrain, this building was constructed around 1800 and is one of the finest examples of a traditional house anywhere in the Gulf. The chief sitting room downstairs was …
Top Choice Museum in Manama

Bahrain National Museum

Deservedly the country's most popular attraction, the National Museum is an outstanding introduction to Bahrain's history. The highlights of the collection, which is housed in a postmodern building with landscaping …
Top Choice Archaeological Site in A'Ali

A'Ali Burial Mounds

To gain an idea of the significance of these burial mounds on the approach to A’Ali, visit Manama's Bahrain National Museum beforehand. The mounds, which date from the Dilmun period, encase burial chambers used for …
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Bahrain

Bahrain Fort

Overlooking the northern coast a 10-minute drive from central Manama, and standing guard on an ancient tell (mound created by centuries of urban rebuilding), Unesco World Heritage–listed Bahrain Fort was built by th…
Top Choice Architecture in Manama

Bahrain National Theatre

Adjacent to Bahrain National Museum, this stunning architectural showpiece covers nearly 12,000 sq metres. It's the third-largest theatre in the Middle East and it's at its best up close. Seeming to float upon the w…
Landmark in Bahrain

Tree of Life

The Tree of Life is a lone and spreading mesquite tree, famous not because it somehow survives in the barren desert (plenty of trees and thorn bushes do that) but because it has survived for so long. No one is sure …
Museum in Bahrain

Oil Museum

Built in 1992 to mark the 60th anniversary of the discovery of oil, this museum is housed in a grand, white-stone building quite out of keeping with the surrounding nodding donkeys and sprawling pipelines. In the sh…
Mosque in Manama

Al Fatih Mosque

Built on reclaimed land in 1984, Al Fatih Mosque is the largest mosque in the country and is capable of holding up to 7000 worshippers. The mosque was built with marble from Italy, glass from Austria and teak from I…
Monument in Manama

Bab Al Bahrain

Built by the British in 1945, Bab Al Bahrain, the ‘Gateway to Bahrain’ and the entrance to Manama Souq, was originally designed by Sir Charles Belgrave. It was redesigned in 1986 to give it more of an ‘Islamic’ flav…
Fort in Bahrain

Riffa Fort

Commanding the only piece of high ground overlooking the Hunanaiya Valley, this fort was originally built in the 19th century and was completely restored in 1983. The limited captions and explanations are in Arabic,…