Old Town

Travel back through time

Wander the maze of historic alleys and hundreds of houses built of mud brick, lined up next to each other like an impenetrable fortress. This is AlUla's Old Town, its winding paths seeped with memories whose origins date back almost a millennium. With every step, feel history become instantly and movingly tangible and experience the heritage that fills Old Town's thriving streets with life.

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1,000 years

This once-thriving settlement from the 12th century stood on ancient incense trading routes and was also a key settlement on the pilgrimage path from Damascus to Makkah. The old town and its 14 gates were overlooked by a resolute 45-metre-high fort, a defensive lookout dating back to around the 10th century.

Know Before You Go 

Insights to help make Old Town part of your AlUla experience

Location

Location

AlUla Old Town, Saudi Arabia

Yes, the Old Town is free and open to all.

Most of Old Town opens between 8 am and 9 am. However, the area really comes alive after 4 pm, with shops staying open until midnight, and most restaurants until 2 am.

Free parking is available at the Old Town South Parking or the larger North Parking in AlJadidah. Shuttle services are available from the parking zones to the entrance of Old Town or AlJadidah, respectively. Both areas are pedestrian-only and within easy walking distance of each other.

Yes, visitors who want to find out more about the Old Town can book a storytelling tour with a local ‘Rawi’ guide. Tours last approximately one hour and cost SAR 70 per adult.

There is no particular restriction in AlUla when it comes to clothing. Women do not need to wear a headscarf or an abaya; however, places of worship specifically do require you to dress modestly while visiting. As you roam around, you will organically get a sense of what works best.

Respecting the local culture of AlUla is important. Always ask for consent when taking photographs in public places, particularly of local women and families.

Everything you need to know

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Practical information

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Things to do

Discover show-stopping natural wonders, thrilling adventures, hidden valleys, and a labyrinthine Old Town

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Food and drink

World-class chefs, mouth-watering menus, and spectacular scenery combine

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