Nizwa Fort Oman
Nizwa Fort Oman
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08:00 - 11:30, 13:30 - 20:00
Monday
08:00 - 20:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 20:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 20:00
Thursday
08:00 - 20:00
Friday
08:00 - 11:30
13:30 - 20:00
Saturday
08:00 - 20:00
Sunday
08:00 - 20:00
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  • Johan
    Lund, Sweden164 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    Located a the heart of central Nizwa, this castle/fort is well worth a visit! Interesting history and great views of the surroundings form the top. A small but very informative museum is located inside castle walls. A 30min guided tour was included in the price (though we opted not to take it as it didn't quite fir our schedule). Stayed for about two hours but one could easily spend another hour exploring the museum in more detail.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 April 2023
  • orfeas
    Doha, Qatar6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go even if you don't like museums, it's a fun time! 🤞
    Fun time and has lots of interesting ways of killing other people. Great time! 😄 (maybe not so fun for uninvited visitors...). Its a good idea to have a guide but doesn't make too big of a difference, depends on what type of person you are but they generally tell you about cool things like the tunnels that they had so that they could easily escape (14km tunnels).
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 April 2023
  • Ellen v
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting and educational
    Thinking to spent 30-60 minutes here, we ended up visiting the Fort for over 2 hours and could have spent longer. Very instructive and well-illustrated examples on defense techniques, loved the many rooms/corners/things to view and the children particularly liked the garden with animals. Definitely a recommendation to visit when in nizwa!
    Visited April 2023
    Written 28 April 2023
  • Over nighters
    18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the trip from Muscat
    Walking to the top of the fort and looking over Nizwa, the views from the city were glorious, the exhibits where both internet and informative. Worth the trip from Muscat. But try not do it in a day, stay the night, make sure you go to the souq early Friday morning….. try not to buy anything 😊
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 May 2023
  • JohnC1948Dub
    Sydney, Australia49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    Quite a long drive (100 miles) from Muscat but roads are good, petrol is cheap and the historic 500 year old fort ( approximately) is well worth visiting. Mohammad was our guide and he was very entertaining and knowledgeable. His English is excellent.There weren’t many visitors as it’s the off- peak season and a very hot 41C .
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 June 2023
  • Karlusia
    Warsaw, Poland935 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth to see
    Nice place. Fort Nizwa - A stately 17th-century fort with a huge circular tower, cannons at the entrance and high corridors. Interesting facts - the fort and tower contain many defense mechanisms used by the Omanis in the past, such as traps, traps with hot honey poured on the enemy and hidden shooting windows... Entrance 5 rial
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 July 2023
  • Sharpei72
    Christchurch, New Zealand335 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful architecture and interesting history
    Visiting in May with very few tourists we pretty much had this place to ourselves. Was worth the visit and exploring. Definitely have a guide, you would miss a lot without one and take water. Nice photo opportunities
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 July 2023
  • 111Andrew111
    Vienna, Austria61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A NIZWA "must" !
    Nizwa is a highly-recommended destination for the traveler to Oman, and a visit to the Nizwa Fort an essential part of a visit. A guide is recommended, as the history is extremely interesting. A tour of the Fort does not take more than an hour, and is effortlessly accomplished!
    Visited June 2023
    Written 15 August 2023
  • SeshKomanduri
    Bengaluru, India288 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very nice Fort
    This is a very interesting fort. If you have seen Forts in India, then this is a very small fort. However, it is interesting in the sense that it is a labyrinth of various rooms, and it is initially quite hard to figure you where you started, what you have seen and where you currently are. It is pretty well maintained. It carries any entry fee of 5 OMR for foreigners, which I thought was pretty steep. if you are interested in history and have an appreciation for forts and stuff, then it is definitely worth visiting
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 August 2023
  • ROSE
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nizwa Fort and Souq
    Interesting to see the Nizwa Fort and Souq one of the historical place in Oman. We travel from UAE to Nizwa stayed one night before travelling to Salalah Oman for Khareef season. It was weekends the place is busy with locals, the view is beautiful and the weather is fantastic!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 August 2023
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scotdoc2015
Birmingham, UK219 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
A very well known site to visit for tourists. Well catered for that. Shops. Restaurants. etc. Ticket required on entry. Expensive. Lost to see inside.
Written 20 March 2024
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Samaneh Ghaedi
Tehran, Iran210 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Nizwa Fort in Oman boasts a unique charm. This ancient castle, renovated throughout history, is now a major tourist attraction.
Explore the fascinating underground museum showcasing Nizwa's culture.

Behind the fort lies a sprawling green yard with palm trees.
Here, you'll find models of camels, deer, sheep, and Omani goats.

During my visit, I even witnessed the preparation of Omani muscat in this yard.
The main courtyard features a black tent displaying and selling local handicrafts and bread.
If you're fortunate, you might even catch an Omani dance performance by local groups.

With its multiple floors and sections, Nizwa Fort offers hours of exploration.
Plan on spending 2-3 hours to fully appreciate it all.

This fort reminded me of Ariz castle in Bafaq in Yazd (Iran), though the latter offers a unique stay experience, unlike Nizwa Fort which is purely for sightseeing.
Written 19 March 2024
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MarcusHurley
Calne, UK9,580 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The fort was built in the 1650's when Nizwa was the capital of Oman and is apparently the most visited attraction in the country. It was constructed over an underground stream to ensure it could survive sieges. It is split into two parts: the castle and associated administrative buildings huddle around it with the fort and its 30m high walls acting as a keep, the final line of defence.

The castle was a real warren of buildings and of course we hadn't looked at a map or plan so we wandered up and down stairs, through corridors and in and out of various rooms. Most were empty but some had carpets and cushions in to show how they'd have looked as meeting rooms or study rooms.

The exhibition on the restoration of the fort was very well done with before and after pictures of each section as well as information on how it was built. The section on the history of Oman was also very good, placing it in a world context through the ages. There were also women demonstrating traditional handicrafts which was lovely to watch.

We may well have missed something amazing but we spent well over an hour in the castle buildings before we even got to the fort itself. The design of the fort was quite clever with the entry route being blocked by doors with murder holes above the could be used to either pour boiling date juice on the attackers or to pour water on the doors if they were set alight.

The fort itself was a shell keep and firing platform with plenty of space inside for locals to shelter with their livestock and stores for food and ammunition as well as 4 wells. The views from the walls over the oasis were quite awesome, with the obligatory mountains all around.

There is also Nizwa castle garden to visit which has a small animal preserve and an example of an aflaj (irrigation system). I don't think this area was visited much as the animals (rabbits, goats, 2 oryx, a donkey and a camel) seemed rather forlorn. There was a lot of potential to develop the area further but it seemed a bit forgotten. We did get to feed all the animals though for 200 baisas.

Overall the fort was a fabulous visit showing Omani ingenuity and design in defensive buildings as well as the excellent exhibition. Definitely worth the 5 OMR for our 2 hour visit.
Written 18 March 2024
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ileftmyheartinTokyo
Cheltenham285 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
So touristy and overpriced. Don’t waste your time or money. It’s a long drive to Nizwa and you can see the fort from the outside without bothering to pay to get in. If you do make the mistake of paying to go in it’s 5OMR per person and full of bored looking tour groups.
Written 7 March 2024
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ricshanshibly1986
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia1,319 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Must visit place in Nizwa. 2 hours drive from Muscat. One of the old fort in Oman. Entrance fee OMR5/- per head. Can spend 2-3 hours in fort easily. There are coffee shops inside fort. Castle and fort located together.
Written 26 February 2024
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Sufyan K
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Entry fee is 5 rials (13usd) if you are expat so i think it is not worthy…and for local people is 1 rials (2.5usd).i think worthless
Written 16 February 2024
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Ahmed local taxi and guide in Oman
Muscat, Oman18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
The fort of Nizwa is a great building where you can see the heritage of Oman and touch the soul of history. Really it is great
Written 16 February 2024
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davidhughtaylor
Melbourne, Australia600 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
many forts everywhere in Oman to see and I would suggest Nizwa probably the one to pick to come and see? A recent price increase to 3 OMR from previous 0.5 OMR for all forts is somewhat expensive (especially for small forts). Nizwa is a good value choice for 5 OMR because its extra price includes a good english-speaking guide for about an hour to explain all the layout and functions of the fort (pretty similar in all the forts) and Nizwa also one of the biggest and most impressive and has great views from the top.
Written 3 February 2024
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Khalaf K
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates251 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Nizwa Fort in Oman is a place that must be visited to live and experience Oman History over the time. The fort is standing over hundreds of year to tell the story of Omani people. It’s not easy to describe the years and the associated events took place in the fort, yet the walls of the fort speak for itself and take you into a journey in the time.

This fort must be visited at least once if you ever be in Nizwa.
Written 29 January 2024
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WHWhite
Portsmouth, UK83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Excellent fort, lots to explore. Pleasant little cafe inside. I spent a happy couple of hours here. Lots of tourists though (Jabreen fort was less crowded). Nice to mosey around the immediate area in Nizwa town centre too. Unless you are someone who likes guided tours, you will need your own transport to get here. If you are coming by car, ignore the paid roadside parking as you drive into the centre of town. As you go past the fort, you will come across a huge free car park right in front of the main market (i.e. 2 mins walk from the fort entrance) - park there instead!
Written 20 January 2024
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