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Shaikh Isa Bin Ali House Tours

Shaikh Isa Bin Ali House
Shaikh Isa Bin Ali House in Muharraq was once home to Shaikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa, who was sovereign from 1869 to 1932, making him the longest ruler of Bahrain. The building was constructed around 1800, and a visit here will provide a glimpse into 19th-century royal life.

With its period architecture and fine wall carvings, this grand house is one of the best-preserved examples of traditional local architecture in the pre-oil era. Though unfurnished now, the ornate decoration within the house makes it a fascinating place to explore, with its multiple staircases, intricate archways, and pleasant courtyards. The building is divided into four sections, including one for the shaikh and separate areas for family, guests, and servants, each of which are well-labelled in English.

A visit to Shaikh Isa Bin Ali House can be combined with Bahrain’s other attractions exploring the country's history and culture, such as Kurar House, Muharraq souq, and the Shaikh Ebrahim Center.

Practical Info

If making your own way to this attraction, turn right at the roundabout from the Sheikh Hamad Causeway onto Shaikh Abdullah Avenue. There are signposts to point you in the right direction.

Did You Know? The main living area on the ground floor of Shaikh Isa Bin Ali House benefits from an inventive air conditioning system, which uses a windtower to channel cooling breezes into the room. Try standing beneath it to see just how effective this natural air-conditioner is.
Address: Shaikh Abdullah Avenue, Muharraq, Bahrain
Hours: 8am-2pm, Saturday to Tuesday / 9am-6pm, Wednesday to Thursday
Admission: BD1
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5 Tours and Activities to Experience Shaikh Isa Bin Ali House

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Half Day Private Tour: Old Capital of Bahrain City Tour

Half Day Private Tour: Old Capital of Bahrain City Tour

Explore the highlights of Old Bahrain during this half-day private sightseeing tour. Learn about the history and heritage of the island nation from your dedicated tour guide. See important cultural landmarks such as traditional Arab-style Sheikh Isa Bin Ali House, learn about the 20th-century intellection Sheikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, and shop for sweets and treats at the Muharraq Souk, over the course of the day.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$90.00
Price varies by group size
From
$90.00
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Old Capital of Bahrain City Tour

Old Capital of Bahrain City Tour

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Just north of Manama, Muharraq Island is the historic capital of Bahrain and famous for its UNESCO-listed pearling industry. On this tour, admire architectural landmarks including Shaikh Isa Bin Ali House, Shaikh Ebrahim Centre, and Kurar House; browse the stalls of Muharraq souq; and visit Arad Fort.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$107.00
From
$107.00

Bahrain's Old Capital

Bahrain's Old Capital

Muharraq Island, was once the capital of Bahrain; and enduring within it are stories of the old which now intermingle with the new. Discover how the many brilliant people of the 19th century help build this country and how their efforts linger on and continue till today. 
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$107.00
Price varies by group size
From
$107.00
Price varies by group size

Tour by local guide in Bahrain.

Tour by local guide in Bahrain.

Our local tourist guide (who born and lived in the Muharraq for more than 30 years) will share with you all of these information in details, his childhood stories, what he heard from his grandparents, local legends and the story of each single landmark in Muharraq. Its more just a tour for us, we use locals guides only. Don’t miss this opportunity. Traditional Bahraini lunch will be served during the tour.
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  • 8 hours
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$600.00
per group
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$600.00
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Pearling Path on your Trip to Muharraq

Pearling Path on your Trip to Muharraq

The “Pearling path: Testimony of an Island Economy” is the second cultural landmark in Bahrain inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site was inscribed on the list in 2012, following the inscription of Qala’at Al-Bahrain in 2007.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$100.00
Price varies by group size
From
$100.00
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Shaikh Isa Bin Ali House hours of operation?
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Shaikh Isa Bin Ali House hours of operation: 8am-2pm, Saturday to Tuesday / 9am-6pm, Wednesday to Thursday. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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