The Bahrain Fort, or Qal'at al-Bahrain, is an archaeological delight nestled on the Arabian Peninsula. The site which has been in occupation for over 5,000 years offers visitors a unique glimpse into the importance of Bahrain as a trading port, and place where people and traditions from across the globe once met.
Comprising of four elements, the fort includes an archaeological tell, palm groves, a sea tower and sea channel - serving as a unique example of maritime architecture and highlighting the importance of Bahrain in maritime trade routes.
Bahrain Fort has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005 and today it is one of the country's most popular tourist attractions.
Uncovering history at Bahrain Fort
After a visit to Bahrain national museum, continue your journey into this country's rich history and delve into the depths of the fort built 3,000 years ago.
Excavations at Bahrain Fort have been underway since 1954, and antiquaries have been uncovered belonging to the Kassites, Portuguese and Persians, under seven layers of history, dating back as early as 2300 BC.
A range of structures have been uncovered from both the Bronze and Copper ages in Bahrain, structures which once served as religious, military, residential and commercial sites, as well as an impressive collection of artefacts including fishing tools, Barbar pottery, sarcophagi and copper and ivory relics.
Less than 15 per cent of the site, which was once the capital of Dilmun civilisation, has been excavated and visitors can only guess what secrets which the remainder holds.
Visit the fort
From your centrally located accommodation Bahrain Fort is under fifteen minutes' drive, and affords spectacular views of the capital city from its many vantage points.