Historical Riyadh Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 50 minutes

Departs: Mecca, Mecca

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Explore Riyadh’s historical district, and learn about the city’s origins as the capital of Saudi Arabia with this immersive tour!

Listen to an expert historian and get an in-depth insight into Riyadh’s famous souks, magnificent mosques, cultural sights and begin to understand how this town, in the middle of a massive red-sand desert, has become one of the most developed cities in the world!  Walk around the iconic key attractions such as the Al Masmak Fortress, Al Safat Square, The Imam Turki bin Abdullah Mosque, Souq AlZzal Market, and Ath Thumayry Street as we track the history of this fascinating city and how it’s changed over the past 300 years.

Experience a historical adventure in this must-see picturesque city, and travel through time to learn everything about the historic buildings, mysteries and secret stories that made Riyadh the modern city that is today.

Note: This is a self-guided audio walking tour and does not include entrance tickets

What's Included

Access to your self-guided audio tour

Audio tour provided by a local or historian

Instagram Hotspots: We find the spot for your perfect picture

Location Aware: GPS map allows you to enjoy sites, without getting lost

Offline Mode: Download tours in advance to listen without WiFi

What's Not Included


Mobile device

Traveler Information

  • ADULT: Age: 0 - 90

Additional Info

  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Service animals allowed
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Transportation options are wheelchair accessible
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Service animals allowed
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Transportation options are wheelchair accessible

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Al Masmak Fortress
Begin the tour outside Al Masmak Fortress, a building is foundational to the history of modern Saudi Arabia. Follow the story of the Royal Saudi Family and King Abdulaziz's recapture of this Fortress back in 1902. Come back here later if you want and we can follow King Abdulaziz’s footsteps through Al Masmak.

5 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Head into Al Safat, a square established during Imam Turki bin Abdullah’s reign. It was redesigned during the first master plan for the new city of Riyadh. Despite this area being the oldest part of Riyadh, it actually underwent a lot of change! As the city plan went on, a lot of neighbourhoods opened up massively and ditched the traditional narrow streets and densely packed houses.

5 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Imam Turki Bin Abdullah Grand Mosque
Visit the Great Mosque, also known as the Imam Turki bin Abdullah Mosque. This mosque was established during the reign of Imam Turki bin Abdullah in the 19th century and is one of the most important mosques in the city of Riyadh. Citizens could come here to meet and speak to their ruler.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Weave through Souq Al Zal, a truly authentic market here in the heart of Riyadh. The souq is over 100 years old and is still a go to destination for Saudis to buy and barter for carpets, perfumes, traditional clothes, and food. Learn about the history of Arabian markets, from the first souqs that appeared 2500 years ago to Saudi Arabia’s modern trade.

5 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

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