We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Masmak Citadel

Al-Bathaa, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Improve this listing
Ranked #6 of 17 Attractions in Riyadh
Type: Historic Sites
Traveler Description:       One of the oldest buildings of Riyadh - the fort itself is free to enter.        There is a comprehensive history of Riyadh dating back to the... more »
Write a Review

82 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    26
    38
    14
    3
    1
Date | Rating
  • Arabic first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Dubai
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

This is a brilliant way to use a couple of hours. This castle is in the Deira section of Riyadh, next to the Central Mosque. Check when its open before you go. Entrance is free and inside there are displays describing the history of Riyadh, accompanied by pictures and video. The old Souq is on the other side of the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

This is not the most interesting museum you will ever visit, but in a city/country that offers little to the tourist, it is something of a highlight. Gives a brief overview of the history of this young country, including a few artifacts and photographs from the early part of the twentieth century. I visited with a Saudi colleague, and although... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Maryand
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Taken by Saudi friend to to visit the Old Sook and walked over to Citadel. Enjoyed many intereting dislays of Saudi family and the battle at the Citadel for control of Riyadh and ultimately all of Arabia. Private rooms have many spectacular personal possessions of the Royal family. Our group was permitted some special access to some of the rooms... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

A good start for new comers to Riyadh to learn about the founder of the third Saudi state, King Abdulaziz. The tour of the palace will take a minimum of 30 minutes and it's well worth it. There are no tour guides and you really don't need one as the place is well organized with arrows and signage to show... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
205 reviews 205 reviews
105 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This is the old Riyadhs power house.Very well maintained and designed.It shows the Rulers of Saudi Arabias history.Free entrance.If you are in Riyadh you must spend about an hour here.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
205 reviews 205 reviews
105 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This is the old Riyadhs power house.Very well maintained and designed.It shows the Rulers of Saudi Arabias history.Free entrance.If you are in Riyadh you must spend about an hour here.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Copenhagen, Denmark
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

This is a history museum of Riyadh, as well as Saudi Arabia in general. And the first historical museum I saw, which has photographs of the country founders, the process of building the city (the capital of a country, by the way!), its first citizens and so forth. That fact alone makes it worth the visit, in my eyes. But... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Does not take long to explore - maybe half an hour, including the 7 min video. Nice black and white photo gallery of old Riyadh (100 years ago, up to the 1950s). Don't miss the spear point embedded in the gate from the 1902 seizing of the fort by Abdelaziz bin Saud and his companions - the moment that started... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
La Chapelle-en-Serval, France
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
24 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The fortress is well restored and maintained. Everything is set up to give a good overview of the history of the country. It is very informative. It has also the advantage to be air conditioned, so that you can enjoy the visit in all seasons. It is totally ok to visit with young children. There is parking (3 SAR in... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Rome, Italy
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
26 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

The fortress is in good shape, there is an interesting museum that tells the history of Saudi Arabia. There are some interesting pieces (weapons, decorated doors) but it's a modern building. Pay attention to prayer time, the building is closed from 11.45 to 16.00 in the weekend.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Masmak Citadel also viewed

Riyadh, Riyadh Province
Riyadh, Riyadh Province
 
Riyadh, Riyadh Province
 

Been to Masmak Citadel? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Masmak Citadel, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing