The capital and the heart of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh is one of the top cities to explore on your next vacation to Saudi Arabia. The city is filled with exceptional cultural heritage sites, bustling marketplaces and high-rise buildings and towers. Explore below some of the best places to visit in Riyadh.  

Kingdom Centre Tower

Kingdom Centre also known as ‘Centre Point’ is a 41-storey skyscraper in Riyadh. It is home to the Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh and outstanding apartments. Additionally, it has a Sky Bridge – which is one of the most innovative landmarks in Riyadh.

Masmak Fort

The Masmak Fort, also referred to as the Masmak Palace and Masmak Fortress is one of the oldest historical attractions in Riyadh. More than a century old, this architectural prodigy has now been transformed into a museum which exhibits ancient artworks, artefacts etc. Visitors can also watch a documentary that covers how the royal family regained control of the fortress.

The National Museum

The National Museum of Saudi Arabia, previously referred to as ‘King Abdulaziz Historical Centre’ (KAHC), is a renowned legacy in the history of Saudi Arabia. The museum is particularly popular for showcasing the eight galleries – each of these has distinct themes based on the past regions in the nation. The museum also possesses some magnificent Islamic and Arabian art as well as architecture.

Ad Diriyah

The old capital known as Ad Diriyah is a UNESCO World Heritage site in Saudi Arabia recognised for its deep cultural history. It is situated on the outskirts of Riyadh and covers different districts, each contributing to the city’s list of striking attractions. Overall, the area is renowned for its rich and unique collection of art, history, culture, and old-style mud-brick buildings.

Souq al-Thumairi

A popular marketplace with souvenirs, Souq al-Thumairi, situated near the Maskmak Fort is the top-rated spot to purchase traditional clothing items, unique handicrafts, accessories such as jewellery and perfume etc. The marketplace is also referred to as ‘Antique Souq’ as there are several antique auctions held with an extensive and impressive range of antiques including vases, silver daggers, coffee pots, lamps, etc.

Edge of the World

For a close-to-nature attraction, visit the Edge of the World, located in the northwest of the city. The rocky site has a beautiful landscape, with mountains, and is an ideal place for picnics and watching the sunset. The Edge of the World displays a remarkable view of the horizon from the edge of the 300-metre-high cliffs, hence the name. The rugged trails are an adventurous hiking spot for tourists. Moreover, you can also camp in the valley with stunning sunrise views.