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Things to do in Bahrain

Start your trip at the Bahrain National Museum to understand the historical significance of ancient archaeological sites such as Bahrain Fort, where you can walk on the ramparts and take in beautiful city views. See exciting Middle Eastern art at Albareh Art Gallery in Adliya, then head to the desert for some serious pampering at Al Areen Palace & Spa in Al Areen.

Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain. © Bahrain International Circuit

Museums and Galleries

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  1. 1. Bahrain National Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Bahrain National Museum, Bahrain. Photo by Brian McMorrow, courtesy of www.pbase.com/bmcmorrow

    The BHD13-million Bahrain National Museum, set on the East Corniche, tells Bahrain's fascinating story through various exhibits, most notably artefacts from the ancient civilisation of Dilmun, a burial mound transferred from the desert and a showcase of Bahraini customs.Show this on map

    Cost

    500 fils; children under 13 free

    Opening hours

    Daily 8am-8pm

    Address

    Shaikh Hamad Causeway, East Corniche, Manama, Bahrain

    Telephone

    +973 1729 8777

    Transport

    Taxi

  2. 2. Albareh Art Gallery - Museums and Galleries

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    Albareh Art Gallery, Bahrain. Courtesy of Albareh Art Gallery

    Albareh Art Gallery in Adliya is the place to view and snap up paintings, sculptures and photography by established and hot up-and-coming Middle Eastern artists. Make up your mind over a tasty snack in the delightful art-adorned café.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Gallery: daily 10am-8pm; café: daily 10am-11pm

    Address

    Road 3624, Block 336, Adliya, Manama, Bahrain

    Telephone

    +973 1771 7707

    Transport

    Taxi or car

    Website

    Albareh Art Gallery

  3. 3. La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art - Museums and Galleries

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    La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art, Bahrain. Courtesy of La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art

    A beautiful example of 19th-century Islamic architecture, the La Fontaine art centre in Manama was once a pearl merchant's home but now showcases international art in a gallery that wraps around a courtyard where performances are held under the stars.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free but you pay for performances

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 10am-1pm & 4pm-6pm, or later when there's a performance

    Address

    92, Hoora Ave, Manama, Bahrain 306

    Telephone

    +973 1723 0123

    Transport

    Car or taxi

  4. 4. Beit Al-Qur'an - Museums and Galleries

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    Beit Al Qur'an, Bahrain. Photo by Brian McMorrow, courtesy of www.pbase.com/bmcmorrow

    Housed in an Arabic-script-engraved building, the Diplomatic Area's Beit Al Qur'an features a mosque, a library and an internationally celebrated collection of Qur'anic manuscripts. Offering insights into Islam, this is also a treat for those interested in calligraphy.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Sat-Wed 9am-12pm & 4pm-6pm; Thur 9am-12.30pm

    Address

    Exhibition Rd, Diplomatic Area, Manama, Bahrain

    Telephone

    +973 1729 0101

    Transport

    Taxi

Attractions

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  1. 5. Ahmed Al Fateh Mosque - Attractions

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    Al Fateh Mosque, Bahrain. Courtesy of Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain

    Featuring the world's largest fibreglass dome and beautiful Arabic architecture, Juffair's Al Fateh Mosque and Islamic Centre can accommodate 7,000 worshippers at a time. Non-Muslims are not only welcome, they are provided with modest attire and a guided tour.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Open for visits except at prayer times and on Fridays

    Address

    King Faisal Highway, Juffair, Manama, Bahrain

    Telephone

    +973 1772 7773

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Ahmed Al Fateh Mosque

  2. 6. Bahrain Fort - Attractions

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    Bahrain Fort, Bahrain. Courtesy of Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain

    Built during the Portuguese occupation in the 1500s, Bahrain Fort is an imposing sight on the edge of the sea in Karbabad Village. More importantly, it sits atop several layers of civilisation, going back as far as 2300 BC.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    During daylight

    Address

    Karbabad Village, Bahrain

    Transport

    Taxi or car

  3. 7. Barbar Temple - Attractions

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    Barbar Temple, Bahrain. Photo by Brian McMorrow, courtesy of www.pbase.com/bmcmorrow

    It is believed that the Barbar Temple was built in three stages between 3,000 and 2,000 BC to worship the legendary God Enki. Remains include two sacrificial altars, a well and walls made of huge stone blocks.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily (closed Fri)

    Address

    South of Barbar Village, Bahrain

    Transport

    Car or tour company

  4. 8. King Fahd Causeway - Attractions

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    King Fahd Causeway, Bahrain. Courtesy of Bahrain Embassy

    Opened in 1986, the 15.5-mile King Fahd Causeway is one the most expensive bridges ever built. A giant cultural landmark, it links the Kingdom of Bahrain to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, crossing the wildlife-rich Umm Nasan Island.Show this on map

    Cost

    BHD2-BHD5

    Opening hours

    Daily all day

    Telephone

    +973 17 796321

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    King Fahd Causeway Website

  5. 9. Al Jasra House - Attractions

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    Al Jasra Village, Bahrain. Courtesy of Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain

    Al Jasra Village offers interesting cultural insights via the 100-year-old Al Jasra House where Sheikh Isa Bin Salman Al Khalifa was born, and the Handicraft Centre, where you can watch craftsmen making boats and weaving cloth and baskets.Show this on map

    Cost

    Al Jasra House 200 fils; Handicraft Centre free

    Opening hours

    Mon-Wed & Sun 7am-6pm; Thu & Sat 9am-6pm

    Address

    Al Jasra Village, Bahrain

    Telephone

    +973 1761 1454

    Transport

    Car, taxi or tour company

Special things to do

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  1. 10. Bahrain International Circuit - Special things to do

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    Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain. © Bahrain International Circuit

    The International Circuit hosts the Bahrain Grand Prix every March, and offers a host of other activities. Try go-karting or take a 4x4 around the track. Those who like their entertainment a bit more sedate can take a circuit tour.Show this on map

    Cost

    Circuit tour BHD6

    Opening hours

    Daily noon-midnight

    Address

    Gate 225, Gulf of Bahrain Avenue, Umm Jidar, Sakhir 1062

    Telephone

    +973 17 45 0000

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Bahrain International Circuit

  2. 11. Al Areen Palace & Spa - Special things to do

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    Banyan Tree Spa Al Areen, Bahrain. Photo by Banyan Tree

    The Banyan Tree Spa Al Areen is a luxurious escape from the city. Enjoy a massage in a palatial Asian-flavoured pavilion or spend the morning in the state-of-the-art hydrothermal garden before lunching over vistas of desert and palm trees.Show this on map

    Cost

    Massages from BHD45; Hydrothermal Garden (2 hours) BHD35

    Opening hours

    Daily 10am-10pm

    Address

    Al Areen, Bahrain

    Telephone

    +973 1784 5000

    Transport

    Car or taxi

    Website

    Al Areen Palace Spa

  3. 12. The Royal Golf Club - Special things to do

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    The Royal Golf Club. Photo by Phil Weymouth, BIGC Photography

    Designed by Colin Montgomerie, the championship course at Riffa's Royal Golf Club blends elements of links and desert golf. Beginners can try the nine-hole Academy course, and a floodlighting system even allows play in the cool of the evening.Show this on map

    Cost

    BHD60; concessions BHD48

    Opening hours

    Daily 6am-11pm

    Address

    PO Box 39117, Riffa

    Telephone

    +973 (0) 17 750 777

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    The Royal Golf Club

  4. 13. Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park - Special things to do

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    Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park, Bahrain. Courtesy Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park

    A fun day out for kids, the sprawling Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park in Al Areen features a lazy river, sandy beach, wave pool and a multitude of slides set amid fake ruins inspired by ancient Dilmun.Show this on map

    Cost

    Visitors taller than 1.2m BHD14 per day; shorter than 1.2m BHD5

    Opening hours

    Wed-Mon 10am-5pm (closed Dec to Mar)

    Address

    Al Areen, Bahrain

    Telephone

    +973 1784 5100

    Transport

    Car or hotel transfer

    Website

    Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park

  5. 14. Al Areen Wildlife Park and Reserve - Special things to do

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    The Al Areen Wildlife Sanctuary in Zallaq Village is home to several Arabian mammals, most notably the graceful Arabian Oryx and the Reem Gazelle. It's well known for also attracting flocks of migratory birds. View them all on the park's guided bus tour.Show this on map

    Cost

    BHD1; children 500 fils

    Opening hours

    Sat-Thu 9am-5pm; bus tours: on the hour every hour

    Address

    Zallaq Village (approximately 20km south of Manama), Bahrain

    Telephone

    +973 1784 5000

    Transport

    Car or taxi

  6. 15. Tree of Life - Special things to do

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    Tree of Life, Bahrain. Photo by Brian McMorrow, courtesy of www.pbase.com/bmcmorrow

    At 400 years old, the Tree of Life has outlived the average Acacia by 300 years with no visible source of water. Although disfigured by graffiti, it has a certain mystique that makes the drive into the desert worthwhile.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily all day

    Address

    Off the Musakar Highway, between Riffa and Awali, near Jebel Dukhan, Bahrain

    Transport

    Car (an SUV is recommended as it's surrounded by sand)

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