Western Wall Tunnels Tours
Read MoreShow Less
The Western Wall Tunnels in Jerusalem offer a behind-the-scenes exploration of one of the most significant holy sites in Judaism: the Western Wall (also known as the Wailing Wall or Kotel). An underground continuation of the sacred prayer site, the Western Wall Tunnels provide worshipers and visitors a unique perspective on the history of the ancient limestone wall.
The Western Wall Tunnels can only be visited as part of a guided tour, which offers a wealth of information on the wall’s construction, its fascinating history, and its 100-plus-year excavation. Tours include a walk along the Hidden Passageway; landmarks such as the Great Bridge and Warren’s Gate, the closest point to the Holy of Holies; and archaeological marvels including a Hasmonean-period aqueduct. Visitors can also see the Western Stone, thought to be one of the heaviest objects ever lifted by human beings without powered machines at an astounding 551 tons (500 metric tons).
Visitors often combine a visit to the Western Wall Tunnels with a sightseeing tour of Old Jerusalem, including nearby sites such as Zion Gate, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Stone of the Anointing, and the Mount of Olives.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Guided Western Wall Tunnels tours, available in multiple languages, take around 1.5 hours and must be booked in advance—ideally well in advance.
- Wear comfortable shoes as there’s quite a bit of walking to do.
- The tunnels are wheelchair accessible, and discounted entrance is available for disability-badge holders.
- Remember that the wall is a sacred site, so dress modestly—shoulders and knees should be covered.
How to Get There
The Western Wall plaza is at the heart of Jerusalem’s Old City. The nearest access point is the Dung Gate, from which buses and taxis run to the rest of the city. The entrance to the Western Wall Tunnels is at the northern end of the Western Wall plaza, signposted ‘Kotel Tunnels.’
When to Get There
Tours of the Western Wall Tunnels are held early morning to late evening Sunday to Thursday and until noon on Friday. If you want to combine your tour with a visit to the Western Wall, it’s worth opting for an early morning or late evening tour to avoid the huge crowds of day-trippers.
The Western Wall
The Western (or Wailing) Wall is one of the most sacred sites in Jerusalem and one of the most visited sites in the Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The last standing remnant of the Second Temple, built by Herod in 19 BC and rising up the side of Temple Mount, the wall is a Jewish pilgrimage site of great significance. Pilgrims come from all around the globe to pray and tuck their prayer papers into the cracks between the stones.
Address: HaGai Street, Jerusalem, Israel
2 Tours and Activities to Experience Western Wall Tunnels
We consider it a great honor to share our knowledge and love to this unique piece of land, Holy Land. Israel despite its humble size has much to offer. Our aim is to understand what are your interests and to make to fall in love with Israel and it's a very diverse culture.
Join our Jerusalem Walking Tour for the least demanding, generally extensive, and best worth approach to finding this otherworldly city. Our tour visits the sights inside the dividers of the Old City, including the Temple Mount, the Western Wall, the Pools of Bethesda, Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and more. At long last, you'll visit the clamoring, scene acclaimed Old city Arab market, where local people and travelers all meet up to absorb the flavors and fragrances of everything this well-known market brings to the table.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Western Wall Tunnels?
The best ways to experience Western Wall Tunnels are:See all Western Wall Tunnels experiences on Viator.
Things to do near Jerusalem
- Things to do in Bethlehem
- Things to do in Sweimah
- Things to do in Tel Aviv
- Things to do in Madaba
- Things to do in Amman
- Things to do in Petra
- Things to do in Beirut
- Things to do in Eilat
- Things to do in Aqaba
- Things to do in Port Said
- Things to do in Suez
- Things to do in Cairo
- Things to do in West Bank
- Things to do in Red Sea
- Things to do in Turkish Riviera