A walk through history.
Rich in history, architecture, and winding burrows and rows of palm trees that give much to be explored, Diriyah combines both modernities with its past to create an intoxicating atmosphere that will have visitors craving to explore its corners.
1. Catch a glimpse of the past
Diriyah is home to At-Turaif, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the capital of the first Saudi state. Visit the Salwa Palace at the At-Turaif district, built in distinctive Najdi architectural style, and embark on a spectacular walk through Saudi’s most historic landscapes in search of the richest stories of the Saud family. Among the other structures included in this area is the mosque of Imam Mohammed bin Saud, palaces of Saad bin Saud and Nasser bin Saud, and a traditional hospitality palace.
2. Explore the museums
Learn about Saudi Arabian history through myriad museums and other spaces found within the At-Turaif district. Alongside the Salwa Palace, you have access to four museums: Diriyah Museum, the Military Museum, the Arabian Horse Museum, and the Saudi Daily Life Museum. These museums offer an interactive experience through time and cultures, featuring some of the most fascinating objects in Saudi history.
3. Thematic historical village
Walk along Saudi’s ancient tracks at the At-Turaif district, exploring the thematic period village, which recreates life that echoes the lifestyle of Diriyah’s original inhabitants 300 hundred years ago. As you enter the area, you walk into bustling village life with children playing on the streets, vendors selling items, and lots more, in addition to being invited inside the homes of the locals representing the hospitality of the Najdis.
4. Nature Adventure at the Heart of Riyadh
At-Turaif to the banks of Wadi Hanifah. You can start your hike via the bridge that connects these two, or shortcut through the streets and maybe grab a coffee on the way.
5. Picnic and fun
The heritage park at At-Turaif and Salwa district which are perfect for picnics. A true oasis, the place is scattered with multiple streams and a healthy amount of palm trees. It’s a peaceful getaway under the canopy of the palm trees for nature-lovers and a playground for young picnickers as well.
DID YOU KNOW
While much of Diriyah’s value comes from the past, the historical site has proven that it is much more in the present by hosting concerts and the Formula E-Prix on its grounds.