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Things to do in Cairo

The imposing Citadel offers views of Islamic Cairo's medieval market streets and ornate mosques, and busy Downtown with the Egyptian Museum. To the south are peaceful Coptic Cairo's Christian churches. A Felucca ride along the Nile brings you alongside affluent Gezira and Zamalek. On the outskirts are the mammoth Pyramids at Giza. Most major attractions are open daily, around 9am-5pm, usually changing during the month of Ramadan.

Felucca ride, Cairo. Courtesy of Egyptian Tourist Authority, © Gardel

Museums and Galleries

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  1. 1. Egyptian Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Egyptian Museum, Cairo. Courtesy of Egyptian Tourist Authority, © Gardel

    Boy king Tutankhamun's gold and lapis-lazuli burial-mask and coffin are highlights of the Egyptian Museum in Downtown Cairo. With over 120,000 antiquities, covering centuries of ancient history, be selective. Royal mummies, immersed in hallowed hush, are worth the extra ticket.Show this on map

    Cost

    E£60; mummies E£100

    Opening hours

    Daily 9am-6pm

    Address

    Midan Tahrir, Cairo 11557

    Telephone

    +20 (0) 2 2578 2448

    Transport

    Metro to Sadat

  2. 2. Umm Kulsoum Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Umm Kulsoum Museum, Cairo. Courtesy of www.bellylorna.blogspot.com

    Honouring Egypt's - and probably the Arab world's - best-known singer, the small Umm Kulsoum Museum in Rhoda has photographs and memorabilia of her life. A short film portrays her early life when she performed disguised as a boy.Show this on map

    Cost

    E£2

    Opening hours

    Daily 9am-2pm

    Address

    Sharia al-Malek as-Salih, Rhoda, Cairo

    Telephone

    +20 (0) 2 2363 1467

    Transport

    Metro to Opera

  3. 3. Coptic Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Coptic art at the Coptic Museum in Cairo, Egypt. Courtesy of Egyptian State Tourist Office London

    More than an archive of Coptic history, Cairo's Coptic Museum is a case study in the formative years of a major religion. It houses the world's most important collection of Coptic art, showing examples of the first Christian representations.Show this on map

    Cost

    E£50

    Opening hours

    Daily 9am-5pm

    Address

    Mary George Street, Cairo

    Telephone

    +20 (0) 2 2362 8766

    Transport

    Metro to Mar Guirguis

    Website

    Coptic Museum Website

Attractions

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  1. 4. Citadel - Attractions

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    Citadel, Cairo. Courtesy of Egyptian Tourist Authority, © Gardel

    An unmissable landmark, the Citadel near Islamic Cairo was home to Egypt's rulers for 700 years. With great city views - and breeze - the huge fortress contains mosques, palaces and museums including the white marble Mohammed Ali Mosque.Show this on map

    Cost

    E£40

    Opening hours

    Daily 9am-4pm (mosques closed Fri during prayers)

    Address

    Midan el-Qala'a, Cairo

    Telephone

    +2 (0) 225123109

    Transport

    Taxi

  2. 5. Al-Azhar Park - Attractions

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    Al-Azhar Park, Cairo. Photo by Ernesto Reyes

    A welcome green space in chaotic Islamic Cairo, the 30-hectare city-centre Al-Azhar Park was completed in 2005 and landscaped after clearing a rubbish-filled wasteland. Inside is the restored 12th-century Ayyubid Wall, plus paved walkways, serene cafes and panoramic Citadel views.Show this on map

    Cost

    E£10

    Opening hours

    9am-12am

    Address

    Shariah Salah Salem, Cairo

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Al-Azhar Park Website

  3. 6. Pyramids at Giza - Attractions

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    Pyramids at Giza, Cairo. Courtesy of Egyptian Tourist Authority, © Gardel

    The last surviving of the Seven Wonders of the World, Giza's three immense pyramids, Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure, built over 4000 years ago, were the pharaohs' necropolis. Check out Solar Barque Museum's ancient cedarwood boat. Early morning is coolest.Show this on map

    Cost

    E£60 (Great Pyramid of Khufu E£100); Solar Barque Museum E£50

    Opening hours

    Daily 8am-5pm

    Address

    Giza Plateau, Giza, Cairo

    Telephone

    +20 (0) 2 33838823

    Transport

    Bus 355 or 357 from Downtown Cairo

  4. 7. Hanging Church - Attractions

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    Hanging Church, Cairo. Courtesy of Egyptian Tourist Authority, © Gardel

    In serene Coptic Cairo, the Hanging Church was built above a Roman water gate, and ascended by steep stairway. Renovated many times, the interior of the 9th-century church has 13 pillars holding up the pulpit, representing Jesus and his disciples.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily 9am-5pm (Coptic Mass Fri 8am-11am & Sun 7am-10am)

    Address

    Shariah Mar Girgis, Cairo

    Transport

    Metro to Mar Girgis

  5. 8. Ibn Tulun Mosque - Attractions

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    Ibn Tulun Mosque, Cairo. Courtesy of Egyptian State Tourist Office

    Made from mud-brick and wood, Ibn Tulun Mosque in Sharia Ibn Tulun was built in 879AD, featuring a pointed arch well before Gothic architecture, and decorative inner arcades. The minaret can be ascended by spiral staircase for city views.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free (donation welcome)

    Opening hours

    Daily 8am-6pm

    Address

    Sharia Ibn Tulun, Cairo

    Transport

    Taxi

Special things to do

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  1. 9. Felucca ride - Special things to do

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    Felucca ride, Cairo. Courtesy of Egyptian Tourist Authority, © Gardel

    To see Cairo at its most serene, hire a felucca, a traditional wooden boat, and captain to sail down the Nile for city views. Sunset has the best light, plus sounds of the call to prayer from many surrounding mosques.Show this on map

    Cost

    E£30 (approx)

    Opening hours

    Sunrise to late evening

    Address

    Corniche el-Nil, Garden City (opposite Grand Hyatt), Cairo

    Transport

    Metro to Giza

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