Hezekiah's Tunnel - Siloam Tunnel

Hezekiah's Tunnel - Siloam Tunnel

Hezekiah's Tunnel - Siloam Tunnel
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Come rediscover Biblical Jerusalem! Located just outside the Old City walls, the City of David is in fact the historical Old City of Jerusalem, containing archeological remnants going back 4,000 years. Come see for yourself where it all began...
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  • WilliamAllb
    Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom65 contributions
    Slightly uneasy
    A fascinating wade through a most amazing piece of 7th century BCE engineering. Spoiled by the fact that you now have to go through a series of 'visitor centre' spaces designed for visitors who are not going on through the 'wet tunnel'. and who hold up your progress! And then the realisation when you emerge at the bottom that they are massively excavating the original Pool of Siloam without regard for the subsequent history of the area, and the lives of the people who lived there. Don't return to the start via the 'Pilgrim Route' - it is underground, and full of mould and spores; they should give a health warning.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 14 March 2023
  • Davidthecoach
    Derby, United Kingdom57 contributions
    One of the most intriguing challenges in St. David's City!
    There are two of these tunnels, one dry and lit, the other totally dark and wet. We chose the one with water flowing through it. It is narrow: two people can not pass each other without considerable difficulty. It is just five feet high in a couple of places, so I had to stoop in those places. the depth of the water is from a few inches to two feel. It is gently flowing, so relatively fresh. If there are people in front of you, be prepared for them to stop to take selfies from time to time! I would say a torch with fresh batteries is essential. Preferably a head torch. Oh, and a waterproof camera if you are concerned about it dropping in the water! Otherwise be careful! One MUST wear shoes, as the paved stonework under foot is loose in places. Trainers are okay, but of course they will be wet afterwards. We used jelly sandals purchased for use on the beach. They were perfect. We wore shorts which limited how wet our cloths got. There is a changing room, but we did not use it. At the end of the gently twisting tunnel are a few gently slippery steps leading out to the small reservoir pool and daylight! Wow! what an unusual experience! Make sure you know the history of the tunnel before you go as it makes the experience even more interesting.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 23 March 2023
  • Noraatc
    Sudbury, Massachusetts35,358 contributions
    A journey back in time
    The 2,000 year old walls of the City of David told us the story of the kings, the battles of Jerusalem, and the ingenuity of Jerusalem’s citizens who had built the tunnels to fill huge cisterns with water, the most vital thing they desperately needed. They were building Hezekiah’s tunnel coming from both sides in the dark, heat and humidity, finally met each other, and witnessed the water flowing into the tunnel to quench the city’s thirst. It was a fascinating experience, but not an easy one on a sunny 74F day, many ups and downs on the metal stairs, and extremely narrow tunnels to pass. We took the dry route, Siloam Tunnel, and others took the wet one (Hezekiah’s Tunnel), which presumably is more interesting, but you have to walk in the water up to your knees and with a flashlight. The Siloam Tunnel is well lit, but very narrow and might be hard for people with disabilities. There is another tunnel (500 m) we took to come back to the visitors center from the Pool of Siloam, the final stop of the City of David Tour. That’s entirely avoidable: you can take a shuttle, but we felt adventurous and decided to explore this narrow tunnel with very low ceiling. Well, how often in your life do you get a chance to walk in the 2,000 year old tunnel, so why not?😊
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 April 2023
  • melissasandstrom
    Orlando, Florida147 contributions
    Fun adventure for the kids
    This place is so cool! You will get tickets and start on your journey down into the tunnel. You will walk and take stairs to the tunnel. They said the water was much higher than it really was. They said thigh high (I’m 5,6) the entrance was a little deep (you could roll your shorts up) the rest of the way ankle deep. My 3 year old walked the whole way. It’s only about a 20 min walk. There was no one in front and no one in back. If you are claustrophobic this is NOT for you. And watch out for your head bc the tunnel gets low and you have to walk bending down. I hit my head a few times. The tunnel was fun bc we would close the lights off and it would be pitch black. After you do the tunnel you can pay 7 shekels for a ride back to the entrance or tale the same route you just did but with lights-land-and no water. Took us 20 min to walk back-stairs and all. Like underground. It was such a fun time for my kids ages 13,11,10,8,5,and 3. I would definitely recommend. It’s close to the western wall so we did that and then came here. Bring water shoes but no need to bathing suit
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 July 2023
  • realtangobabe
    73 contributions
    Take care if you have a bad back
    My husband decided to walk the wet tunnel and I decided to walk the dry tunnel as I was worried about hurting my back due to the height of the tunnels. My husband loved the experience but said there was about an 8 minute stretch where he really had to bend over. So if you are short or tall which no back issues we highly recommend. The dry tunnel was only 2-3 minutes long.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 September 2023
  • R B
    United States2 contributions
    Walking through history.
    Walking through history but watch your step. Prepare for the spring water to be cold. Bring a waterproof flashlight. Do not wear flip-flop or shoes that will come off while walking as you are walking through water from ankle to thigh depth. There are potholes where you could twists an ankle, this isn’t for those who have difficulty walking. There are narrows and areas that require sidesteping, bending and stooping. We will do it again.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 January 2024
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R B
United States2 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
Walking through history but watch your step. Prepare for the spring water to be cold. Bring a waterproof flashlight. Do not wear flip-flop or shoes that will come off while walking as you are walking through water from ankle to thigh depth. There are potholes where you could twists an ankle, this isn’t for those who have difficulty walking. There are narrows and areas that require sidesteping, bending and stooping. We will do it again.
Written 15 January 2024
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realtangobabe
NEW ZEALAND73 contributions
Sept 2023 • Friends
My husband decided to walk the wet tunnel and I decided to walk the dry tunnel as I was worried about hurting my back due to the height of the tunnels. My husband loved the experience but said there was about an 8 minute stretch where he really had to bend over. So if you are short or tall which no back issues we highly recommend. The dry tunnel was only 2-3 minutes long.
Written 18 September 2023
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Lister C
British Columbia, Canada20 contributions
Mar 2023 • Friends
One of the best things to do in Jerusalem. But remember to bring a head lamp and crocs or water shoes as u will be walking in water up to yr thighs in dark narrow tunnel for 15-20 minutes
Written 23 August 2023
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melissasandstrom
Orlando, FL147 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
This place is so cool! You will get tickets and start on your journey down into the tunnel. You will walk and take stairs to the tunnel. They said the water was much higher than it really was. They said thigh high (I’m 5,6) the entrance was a little deep (you could roll your shorts up) the rest of the way ankle deep. My 3 year old walked the whole way. It’s only about a 20 min walk. There was no one in front and no one in back. If you are claustrophobic this is NOT for you. And watch out for your head bc the tunnel gets low and you have to walk bending down. I hit my head a few times. The tunnel was fun bc we would close the lights off and it would be pitch black.
After you do the tunnel you can pay 7 shekels for a ride back to the entrance or tale the same route you just did but with lights-land-and no water. Took us 20 min to walk back-stairs and all. Like underground.
It was such a fun time for my kids ages 13,11,10,8,5,and 3. I would definitely recommend. It’s close to the western wall so we did that and then came here. Bring water shoes but no need to bathing suit
Written 18 July 2023
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Laura R
Guttenberg, NJ304 contributions
May 2023 • Friends
This is a quick trip to a stream. It is between some buildings, in a small neighborhood. The water is a few inches deep.
Written 1 July 2023
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Jessica S
5 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
Such a cool and unique trek. Kids and adults both loved it. Make sure you take water shoes. Bring or buy a flash light.
Written 24 June 2023
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Adio A
3 contributions
May 2023 • Friends
Be ready to walk. A bit of stairs too. But great experience to touch history this close. Enjoy the ancient world unfolding In front of you.
Written 9 June 2023
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JohnH
Bronte, Australia69 contributions
Apr 2023
This is an informative tour but a right-wing Israeli overtone. If you do not notice the politics or can ignore the politics then you will have fun.

You must get your feet wet. That is the best bit.
Written 26 April 2023
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Jeri M
3 contributions
Apr 2023 • Friends
We love doing Hezekiah’s Tunnel! Please, if you do this activity wear shoes for the water and purchase a flashlight for 6NIS! We got stuck behind a couple of older gentlemen that were trying to trek the tunnel in complete darkness! Even though they slowed us down we still enjoyed our trek.
Written 18 April 2023
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA35,358 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
The 2,000 year old walls of the City of David told us the story of the kings, the battles of Jerusalem, and the ingenuity of Jerusalem’s citizens who had built the tunnels to fill huge cisterns with water, the most vital thing they desperately needed. They were building Hezekiah’s tunnel coming from both sides in the dark, heat and humidity, finally met each other, and witnessed the water flowing into the tunnel to quench the city’s thirst.

It was a fascinating experience, but not an easy one on a sunny 74F day, many ups and downs on the metal stairs, and extremely narrow tunnels to pass. We took the dry route, Siloam Tunnel, and others took the wet one (Hezekiah’s Tunnel), which presumably is more interesting, but you have to walk in the water up to your knees and with a flashlight. The Siloam Tunnel is well lit, but very narrow and might be hard for people with disabilities.

There is another tunnel (500 m) we took to come back to the visitors center from the Pool of Siloam, the final stop of the City of David Tour. That’s entirely avoidable: you can take a shuttle, but we felt adventurous and decided to explore this narrow tunnel with very low ceiling. Well, how often in your life do you get a chance to walk in the 2,000 year old tunnel, so why not?😊
Written 18 April 2023
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