Bahrain attractions

Top Choice Museum in Manama

Bahrain National Museum

Deservedly the country's most popular attraction, this is an outstanding introduction to Bahrain's history, with signage in English and Arabic. It's housed in a postmodern building on the waterfront, and the lower f…
Top Choice Museum in Manama

Beit Al Quran

The finest collection of ancient Qurans in the region, this wonderful homage to Islam's holiest book displays Qurans from almost every century since the advent of Islam in 610, as well as some of the earliest transl…
Top Choice Mosque in Manama

Al Fatih Mosque

This is Bahrain's grand mosque, built as a grand statement in honour of the founder of modern Bahrain, Sheikh Ahmed Bin Muhammad Bin Khalifa, who was known as 'Al Fatih' (the conqueror). The mosque's foundation ston…
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 Fort in Bahrain

Riffa Fort

The completely restored Riffa Fort was built in 1812 by Sheikh Salman Bin Ahmad Al Fatih, the 19th-century ruler of Bahrain. A classic piece of Bahraini fortification, it now boasts a small museum with raised walkwa…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in A'Ali

A'Ali Royal Burial Mounds

There are more than 100,000 Dilmun-era burial mounds scattered across Bahrain, but none come close to the magnificence of these. That A'Ali was an important place in antiquity is evident from the 17 royal mounds con…
Top Choice Market in Manama

Manama Souq

Manama Souq is a warren of narrow streets and alleyways emanating south from Bab Al Bahrain. Here you can pick up everything from electronic goods and bargain t-shirts to spices and shisha pipes. But the real reason…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Bahrain

Bahrain Fort & Museum

A 10-minute drive west of Manama, on an ancient tell (mound created by centuries of urban rebuilding), the majestic Bahrain Fort stares out across the Gulf. Built by the Portuguese in the 16th century, it is part of…
Historic Building in Muharraq Island

Sheikh Ebrahim Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Centre for Culture & Research

Inspired by the early-20th-century intellectual of the same name, this elegant centre hosts recitals, lectures and exhibitions throughout the year. It also delivers a summary of Bahrain’s history and heritage throug…
Natural Feature in Bahrain

Tree of Life

Although the Tree of Life's age has now been established, the mystique and allure of this lone, green, desert dweller remains strong. Planted around 1583, the knotty mesquite tree gracefully spreads its ageing limbs…