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Jerusalem is one of the world’s truly great cities. For thousands of years, people have been visiting this meeting point of civilisations and religions, and it remains one of the most fascinating travel destinations into the 21st century. It is safe to say that human history is tied to Jerusalem like no other place on Earth, so take the time to discover and explore as much of the city as possible during your holiday in Jerusalem.

Jerusalem’s Three-Thousand Years of HistoryThe starting point for many on holiday in Jerusalem is the Old City, surrounded by walls and accessed by gates – the Jaffa Gate, the Damascus Gate – that have become famous landmarks in their own right. From the Jaffa Gate, you can climb up on the ancient walls for the fascinating views from the Ramparts Walk, before heading back down to explore the sights, sounds and smells and the city below. The Old City is divided into four quarters – Muslim, Jewish, Christian and Armenian – and they are all worth exploring in their own right.

The Old City of Jerusalem is where you will find many of the buildings of historical and religious significance. After all, Jerusalem is a holy city for Jews, Christians and Muslims alike. The Temple Mount is the third holiest place in Islam, with its Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque, while the holiest place Jews may pray is the Western Wall. For Christians of all dominations, one of the most important places of pilgrimage is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built on the spot where Christ was crucified.

Culture in JerusalemDuring your Jerusalem getaway, make time to visit the many excellent museums in Jerusalem. In the Old City, the Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem tells the story of the city, while in West Jerusalem, the Israel Museum and the Bible Lands Museum are both close to the Botanical Gardens and the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament. In East Jerusalem, head to the Rockefeller Museum to see room after room of fascinating archaeological artefacts.

One place that should be on every visitor’s itinerary is Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Museum and Memorial to the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis in Europe. Beyond the history museum, there is also a children’s exhibition, a garden of remembrance and the sombre Hall of Names, dedicated to the victims known and unknown.

Food and Drink in JerusalemFor more relaxed parts of your holiday, Jerusalem has plenty going for it in the evening and after dark. Jerusalem city centre is where you’ll find much of the shopping and entertainment in the city. The Nahalat Shiva neighbourhood in particular is well-known for its upscale boutiques and high-end restaurants. The area around the Mahane Yehuda Market is packed with excellent bars and restaurants, and Talpiot in the south is home to many of Jerusalem’s best clubs. Increasingly, holiday makers head for East Jerusalem to sample regional cuisine and the famous Jerusalem hospitality.

Where to stay in Jerusalem

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Jerusalem City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(116 area reviews)

Unique features of Jerusalem City Centre include the historical sites and museums. Make a stop by Ben Yehuda Street or Downtown Triangle while you're exploring the area.

Jerusalem City Centre
Old City which includes markets, food and street scenes

Old City

4.5/5Wonderful!(16 area reviews)

Unique features of Old City include the historical sites and shopping. Make a stop by Western Wall or Al-Aqsa Mosque while you're exploring the area.

Old City
Mamilla, Jerusalem, Israel

Mamilla

4.5/5Wonderful!(26 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Mamilla, Jerusalem Theater and L.A. Meyer Institute for Islamic Art are top sights worth seeing.

Mamilla
Jerusalem which includes street scenes as well as a small group of people

Nachlaot

While visiting Nachlaot, you might make a stop by sights like Machane Yehuda Market and Ben Yehuda Street.

Nachlaot
Katamon, Jerusalem, Israel

Katamon

Katamon might not have many top sights, but Israel Museum and Western Wall are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Katamon
Kiryat HaLeom, Jerusalem, Israel

Kiryat HaLeom

4.5/5Wonderful!(4 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Kiryat HaLeom, Knesset and Supreme Court of Israel are top sights worth seeing.

Kiryat HaLeom

Top hotels in Jerusalem

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Orient Hotel Jerusalem
Orient Hotel Jerusalem
5 out of 5
3 Emek Refaim St, Jerusalem
The price is £192 per night

Located in Emek Refaim, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of St. Andrew's Church, Jaffa Gate and Mount Zion. Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Ben Yehuda ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (290 reviews)

"Great location!! Great concierge (Roy)!! Great Cafe!!"…"

Reviewed on 5 Mar 2020

Orient Hotel Jerusalem
The Inbal Jerusalem
The Inbal Jerusalem
5 out of 5
Liberty Bell Park, 3, Jabotinsky St., Jerusalem
The price is £153 per night

This family-friendly Jerusalem hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Montefiore Windmill, Jaffa Gate and Mount Zion. Western ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (343 reviews)

"Th rooms where clean, the stuff was very welcoming and the location is perfect."…"

Reviewed on 7 Mar 2020

The Inbal Jerusalem
City Center Jerusalem
City Center Jerusalem
17 King George St., Jerusalem
The price is £55 per night

Located in Jerusalem City Centre, this apartment building is steps away from Downtown Triangle and Ben Yehuda Street. Machane Yehuda Market and Jaffa Gate are ...

4.1/5Very Good! (705 reviews)

"Suite size is big. Location is friendly. Matress is not as good as I expected."…"

Reviewed on 11 Mar 2020

City Center Jerusalem

Popular places to visit in Jerusalem

Al-Aqsa Mosque
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Al-Aqsa Mosque

4/5(49 reviews)

Part of the sacred Temple Mount site, this lead-domed structure is a fully functioning mosque. It is among the holiest sites in the Islamic world. 

Western Wall
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Western Wall

4.5/5(94 reviews)

This 2,000-year-old structure is one of the world’s holiest sites, where hundreds of praying worshippers make for a stirring sight.

Jaffa Gate
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Jaffa Gate

4.5/5(60 reviews)

Learn about the history of Jaffa Gate, one of the top monuments in Jerusalem. Make time for the shops and local tours in this culturally rich area.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre
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Church of the Holy Sepulchre

4.5/5(53 reviews)

This famous church stands at the site where, according to Christian belief, Jesus was killed, buried and later raised from the dead.  

Mount Zion
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Mount Zion

4.5/5(26 reviews)

Immerse yourself in history and culture at the summit of this beautiful hill, which is a place of great religious importance. 

Israel Museum
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Israel Museum

4.5/5(37 reviews)

Browse the exhibits at this large museum, which hosts valuable art collections as well as precious historical artifacts, including the Dead Sea Scrolls. 

Top things to do in Jerusalem

Bethlehem & Jerusalem Full-Day Tour from Tel Aviv
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Bethlehem & Jerusalem Full-Day Tour from Tel Aviv

88% of travellers recommend
£102
Per adult
Jerusalem Old & New Cities Full-Day Tour from Tel Aviv
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Jerusalem Old & New Cities Full-Day Tour from Tel Aviv

84% of travellers recommend
£78
Per adult
Masada, Ein Gedi, Dead Sea, & More Tour
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Masada, Ein Gedi, Dead Sea, & More Tour

£56
Per adult
Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea tour
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Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea tour

£56
Per adult
Dead Sea & Jerusalem Full-Day Tour from Tel Aviv
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Dead Sea & Jerusalem Full-Day Tour from Tel Aviv

94% of travellers recommend
£116
Per adult
Jerusalem, Dead Sea, Bethlehem Tour
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Jerusalem, Dead Sea, Bethlehem Tour

£72
Per adult

Reviews of Jerusalem

4.7

Top Destination

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4 - Good 21.686746987951807%
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3 - Okay 6.626506024096385%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

7 Mar 2020

Very little harassment from stallholders.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Feb 2020

So interesting , in a myriad of ways Felt at home there esp the old city

5/5 - Excellent

CHImezie

21 Jan 2020

I ♥️ JERUSALEM.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

20 Jan 2020

We are always happy to visit the beautiful city of Jerusalem.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

7 Jan 2020

There is a lot to do and see with plenty of restaurants and lots of shops. Don’t forget to bargain in the souk. Parking is an issue so best to walk or take taxis

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

31 Dec 2019

A wonderful city with so much history. Will definitely visit again.

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