Riyadh attractions

Top Choice Historic Site in Riyadh

Masmak Fortress

Surrounded by sand, this squat fortification was built around 1865 and is like a scene out of the movies: a big fortress representing an empire. It was the site of a daring 1902 raid by Ibn Saud, during which a spea…
Top Choice Museum in Riyadh

National Museum

This state-of-the-art museum is one of the finest in the Middle East. Encased within modernist architecture, its two floors contain eight well-designed and informative galleries covering Arabian prehistory, history,…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Riyadh

Sky Bridge

Not for the faint-hearted or sufferers of vertigo, here high-speed lifts fly you at 180km/h to the 99th-floor Sky Bridge, inside the Kingdom Centre. The views from the highest place in Riyadh are truly breathtaking.…
Zoo in Riyadh

Riyadh Zoo

Accessible only for children and those accompanying them, this is the largest zoo in Saudi Arabia and began life in 1957 as a small-scale menagerie housing animals gifted to the Al Saud family. Its highlights includ…
Notable Building in Riyadh

Globe Experience

The Globe Experience is a spectacular viewing platform inside an enormous glass ball that's 24m in diameter, made of 655 glass panels and suspended just below the top of Al Faisaliah Tower. The panoramic views of Ri…
Museum in Riyadh

Antiquities Museum

This museum is home to objects found during the Faw and Rabdha excavations (sites in the south and north of Saudi Arabia) by King Saud University in the 1970s. These include beautiful little Roman and Hellenic statu…
Museum in Riyadh

Riyadh Public Transit Visitor Centre

Riyadh is rapidly constructing an entire public transportation system, and this structure allows transport geeks a look into the future. Guided tours, offered in Arabic and English, highlight the need for the projec…
Park in Riyadh

Wadi Namar

After visiting the umpteenth mall and restaurant, head a little further out towards Wadi Namar for a pleasant change. The 2km-long dam is surrounded by green spaces, walkways, rocky hills and an artificial waterfall…
Notable Building in Riyadh

Kingdom Centre

Riyadh’s landmark tower, rising 302m high, is a stunning piece of modern architecture – it’s particularly conspicuous at night, when the upper sweep is lit with constantly changing coloured lights. Its most distinct…
Park in Riyadh

Addiriyah Park

Addiriyah Park is a favourite oasis in Riyadh, and its verdant terraced seating areas offer stunning views of Al Turaif, a historic district of Al Diraiyah, a Unesco World Heritage Site. A haven for birds and a popu…