Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park

Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park

Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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This 1,250 acre national park is filled with 2,000 year old archaeological sites that visitors can explore.
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Neighbourhood: Givat Ram
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Teoso
Brooklyn, NY279 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
It's really a whole bunch of attractions rolled into one: various ancient man-made caves, ruins of a city, tombs, nature hikes....We were not able to do it all, but visited the Mareshs caves. There were very few people there and it was beautiful and a little eerie. We also visited the Sidonian Tombs, which was also very interesting. Worth the slight detour from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Written 16 October 2020
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IlyaNJ
Marlboro, NJ991 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This is a Heritage site, inscribed as a “microcosm of caves”. There are several distinct areas inside the park that are connected by walking paths but are more efficiently reachable by navigating the main circular drive. My slight downgrade in the rating is due to my own fault of getting to Bet Guvrin with less than two hours to spare in the afternoon, coupled with the park management practices of restricting access way ahead of the closure. The main circular drive will be blocked at the entry point an hour before the closing time, and its one-way nature on the starting stretch may mean that you cannot drive through to some areas even when you are inside the park and seemingly should have another 45-50 minutes to enjoy it. It goes without saying that you have paid the full entry fee by then. Nonethess, the park itself is great. Among the attractions of the site, the Bell Caves are very impressive, the Apollophanaes Sidonean Cave is amazingly decorated, and a number of Columbariums in other areas are worth visiting as well.
Written 12 September 2022
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SilverOrlov
Bedford, Canada2,137 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Big park with different points of interest.
My wife and I came here to see local caves, but it was interesting to see other places here as well.
The main thing is to correctly estimate the time needed to view everything interesting here. At least 2-3 hours.
Written 12 April 2023
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MikeM262
35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
So much fun! We dug in the Bernie Cave and found pottery pieces, charcoal, and animal bone. We have a friend who found a coin in the Poppy cave. If you don't mind getting a little dusty and dirty and are interesting in climbing thru caves and digging in the dirt, this is for you!
Written 6 January 2020
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Alexander B
Rishon Lezion, Israel223 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We've visited this wonderful historical place privetly (without guide) by car. The whole territory kept in good order with necessary descriptions in Hebrew and English. Bell Caves space looks fantastic and easy accessable. Tsidonim Cave may have less accessable but is very interesting and worth visit.
Written 2 June 2023
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BCNY100
New York176 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Amazing location, lots to see, good for kids because no need to read to enjoy.

If you have kids that can’t walk well will be a bit harder as strollers aren’t great on paths and can’t go in the caves. I recommend a carrier but even that might be a challenge.

Some caves have low ceilings, so be careful of your head and wear shoes with good grips
Written 5 October 2023
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backhand
london29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Solo
Pros: Walking round the site was the best part of the visit and without a car I had no option. The views are fantastic, the spring flowers were emerging and it was a lovely sunny but not too warm day. So I would describe it as having a lovely walk interspersed with interesting sightseeing. The cons: getting there from Jerusalem was less difficult than I had expected but naturally nothing replaces the ease of having a car. The least expensive way would have been to take a bus to Kiryat Gat and then one to the site but that would have meant a very early start. Instead I took one of the more frequent buses to Bet Shemesh (and a shorter journey), got off at the first stop in town (by McDonald's), hailed a passing taxi, negotiated the price and got him to stop inside the park at the first car park. The return journey took much longer but less expensive (no taxi). Bus from the nearby kibbutz to Kiryat Gat and asked the driver to drop me at the stop on the outskirts of town for the Jerusalem bus. Unfortunately I had just missed one so it was a fairly long wait (almost an hour I think). I thought the excavations just outside the park were definitely missable. Definitely worth a visit if you want a lovely walk/sightseeing day but otherwise I would probably recommend it more for people who have done the main sights in Israel and are looking for something different rather than for "newbies". Suitable for almost all ages but young children might find steps down into the caves tough going without adult help and to walk the entire site probably asking too much of them.
Written 21 March 2017
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elib_travels
Israel942 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Friends
Most archeological sites need a lot of imagination to really enjoy . This one is really different though a bit off the beaten track . The Beit Guvrim park includes a Jewish cemetery, a Roman amphitheater, a Byzantine church, public baths, mosaics, burial caves and huge bell caves. One of the latter was used for one of the Indiana Jones' movies.

Don't miss the Columbarium Caves: Caves used for the raising of doves. or the Agricultural area, including an olive-oil press and grape-vat. Sometimes there are also hands on activities including participating in a dig and working the wine press
that can be operated by visitors.

warning for those visiting during the summer. It can get very hot so try to time your visit early in the morning or late afternoon. In any case bring plenty of water.
Written 12 June 2013
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traci r
Washington DC, DC70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2011 • Couples
Dig for a Day is a really great activity. It is a bit far from Jerusalem but definitely worth the drive. We debated about bringing the 5 year old - he came and was fine - but I think if your child is the least bit nervous he or she might not make it into the cave. The initial descent is a little scary and mine almost refused to enter. Once he did it he was fine. You walk through a bunch of caves which was really fun. And then you dig for a little while in another cave, and then sift out treasure. Great activity!
Written 17 November 2011
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Glenn Gaslin
Los Angeles, CA26 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Family
This is some Indiana Jones business right here. We loved exploring this series of deep, maze-like man-made caves packed with history and adventure. There are tight spots, mysterious rooms and a few "wow!" moments

This out-of-the-way National Park and World Heritage Site isn’t on everybody’s itinerary for Israel, but maybe it should be. We took the kids (4, 6 and 12) on one of our first days here and they keep talking about it, the mazes, the tombs, the bats.

The Maze Cave was our favorite, but these all have a unique story and experience to them. The light in the Bell Caves was downright magical, and the Hellenistic tombs were a total surprise.

There’s no food or services here, and we were the only visitors on the day we went, except for a university tour group and field trip. So bring your own snacks or stop at the gas station across the street.

The day we went was very hot, but the caves are cool and dark. Getting between them is easy enough, driving to each of the four lots, parking and checking out the nearby caves. On a cooler day, I might have had us walk the whole park instead. But not in the heat.

Anyway, awesome place.
Written 10 July 2017
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