Shobak Castle
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Edinburgh, UK57 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Really enjoyed wandering around the castle, it’s totally worth an hour and has a great view, and it also has a lovely cafe which doesn’t do much but does do a fabulous tuna sandwich which comes deconstructed with bread and delicious yoghurt and zaatar and salad and it’s delicious.

Be aware of a few things when visiting…
1. At the car park, sometimes there are people insisting you need to take a taxi to the castle entrance, you don’t, it’s a short walk up the hill.
2. There’s a tour guide wandering around the castle who just starts giving you a tour and showing you around and then asks for money - he’s actually a good guide but it’s not really the point.
3. The tunnel which is described in guide books is now closed
4. The view at the top is great on a clear day
5. We’re almost 100% sure the man at the car park who wanted to taxi us up and who’d directed us into a space at the rear of the car park under a tree, deflated one of our tyres while we were away and then offered to fix it for money. We refused, drove back down the hill to the petrol station, re-inflated the tyre and it was fine the whole trip thereafter. Be aware.
6. Eat in the cafe, the gentleman who runs it is lovely, it’s clean and the food is really good.
Written May 15, 2022
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nikica
Croatia572 contributions
May 2022
Kerak is bigger and more touristy (not to be missed though!), but Shobak was for us a hidden gem. I could be a bit biased because I'm a historian, but for a few dinars to the local guide on site, history will come alive for anyone interested. He talked about specific parts of the castle and artefacts still lying around (kitchen for example), about climate (snow in winter!), about life in the region today and in the past, and even showed us fossil shells in the pavements and walls of the castle.
Written August 27, 2022
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Lee S
Australia2,500 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
We have been to many castles in our time but this is the first time in a Crusader one.
To think of knights building this castle on sand & limestone with two churches and watchtowers on the main root between Egypt and Syria in the 12 century. On site you have Islamic tables engraved into the walls after the castle was taken by them after a long seige, the views are spectacular. A large amount is ruined so if you have problem walking & not steady on your foot I would think about it.
Written April 7, 2022
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kr0elle
Amman, Jordan964 contributions
Jun 2021
The castle itself impresses with its bright sand and limestone structures and the beautiful you have from atop. There are, however, no guidance or explanation whatsoever. You need a guide. Currently, extensive construction works are being undertaken so there's a chance that the infrastructure will be significantly improved. Conversely, you have to be careful when walking around on the castle - a European health & safety inspector should definitely not pass by.
Written June 26, 2021
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GeneralShamu
New York City, NY900 contributions
Oct 2022
This was the first stop on the King's Highway for us (started in Aqaba, ended in the Dead Sea same day). Time needed here is about 30-45 minutes. Parking is up the hill from the castle so you need to walk down and then back up. Restrooms are in the parking lot as well as a coffee/light bites restaurant. Great views from here and it'll also be improving as they are actively restoring more sections of it.
Written October 8, 2022
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Anonymous
Paris, France27 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Amazing crusader castle. A lot of it is in ruins and undergoing massive excavation work. To really appreciate this place, you need to ask for a guide at the ticket office and you will be greeted by Taha, who told us he’s been working there as a tour guide for 29 years (!). He knows EVERYTHING about the castle and has brilliant historical and archeological knowledge (I studied history and have been frustrated with many tour guides in Jordan who just repeat what you can read in generic guide books - this guy is completely different !) Amazing enthusiasm, knowledge and he’ll take you down into secret passage ways which are incredible. Visit costs only 7 JD and worth every penny.
Written August 15, 2021
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Nick
Nottingham, UK193 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Worth a visit if passing from Amman to Petra to stretch your legs.

There's not a great deal to see or read, so you just end up wandering around for about 15 - 20 minutes.

It is eerily quiet which is cool and you can admire the views across the barrwn landscape, hear the bells on the sheep and goats.
Written October 5, 2021
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Darshana Ratnayake
Amman, Jordan1,852 contributions
May 2021 • Friends
One of a best castle to see in jordan. It was oldest too. Min 2 hours from amman . Need taxi ir rent car.
Need to take guide to ask all the things in castle.
Some areas are well preseved. The market area is good to see.
There are 2 long tunnels to go inside the castle. One is to the down village and other us to go the internal storage area
Written May 15, 2021
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Darshana Ratnayake
Amman, Jordan1,852 contributions
May 2021 • Friends
One of a best castle to see in jordan. It was oldest too. Min 2 hours from amman . Need taxi ir rent car.
Need to take guide to ask all the things in castle.
Some areas are well preseved. The market area is good to see.
There are 2 long tunnels to go inside the castle. One is to the down village and other us to go the internal storage area
Written May 15, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

TravelingFool88005
Las Cruces, NM1,204 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
This was the first castle built in Jordan. We paid 5 jod a piece to go from the parking lot to the castle. It was worth it to us since we were sore from walking so much in petra the day before. We had a Jordanian tour for a 3 jod tip. Doable without a tour but no signage.
Written June 21, 2022
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