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“Interesting Site”
Review of Qalat al Bahrain

Qalat al Bahrain
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US$107.00*
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Archaeological Tour Bahrain
Ranked #4 of 66 things to do in Manama
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

We didn't visit the museum, I think it may have been closed when we went but we did talk a walk round the historical fort itself. It was interesting and pleasant although I imagine it would get very hot wandering around in the middle of Summer. It could probably benefit from a little more signage/explanation (and we may have missed out not going into the museum) The coffee in the cafe is also delicious.

Thank CarolineBlack
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"a unesco world heritage site"
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"nice fort"
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"site museum"
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"small museum"
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"information boards"
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"worth a visit"
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"nice walk"
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"seef district"
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

There is no public transport to the Fort, so I got there by renting a car (you pretty much need one to get around Bahrain as a tourist anyway) and using GPS. It was 40 degrees and a gusty wind was hurling sand all over the place but that didn't detract from the awesomeness that is the Fort, museum and cafe!

The Fort has been restored in parts in a really clever and aesthetic way. In some sections in particular they have allowed artists to install works to reflect the history and culture of the site (Bahrain has a known history of over 4000 years). In one part of the fort you enter a massive web and hear whispers and chatter from the past. In another, glass beads organised in rows on the clay floor light up to represent the production of date juice. And in another you are drawn to a well containing layers and layers of Arabic calligraphy. Really beautiful stuff!

The museum is really well designed and has a large but interesting range of artefacts and explanatory panels.

The cafe has one of the nicest views in Manama. There is no menu and the options were limited so I had to settle for a softdrink.

Thank Ben B
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

I recommend to start the tour with the visit of the museum and then continue with the visit of the Fort, you will better understand the history.
The site is close to the city, along the sea, very pleasant except in the hot season. You can see some archaeological woks going on. Signage in general could be improved, as some times you get lost and hardly find the exit. You have a mix of ruins and better preserved parts of the Fort.

Thank PMV V
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

This site is incredibly old. There are ancient cities on top of and beside other ancient cities. The audio guide is informative, having two levels of commentary to be used according to your interest. The latest fort (Portuguese Fort) is largely intact and provides a good place to wander and clamber. The older cities are still being excavated and it is possible to see the painstaking archaeological work being undertaken. The layout of some of the old cities is plain to see. The museum is housed in a modern building, and gives an overview of the historical eras. There is also a pleasant café with a seating area by the sea. Well worth a visit.

Thank Christine W
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Reviewed 18 May 2014

You require a short taxi ride from the centre of town to get there. Once there the place is deserted, which makes the place more interesting and your experience richer. Could do with a tour guide or more information. There is evidence of extensive renovation. Well worth a visit.

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