Nizwa Fort Oman
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  • Karlusia
    Warsaw, Poland1,022 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
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 19, 2023
  • Sharpei72
    Christchurch, New Zealand442 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
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 22, 2023
  • 111Andrew111
    Vienna, Austria60 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 August 15, 2023
  • SeshKomanduri
    Bengaluru, India286 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
    Traveled solo
    Written August 17, 2023
  • ROSE
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates55 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 18, 2023
  • Abdullah
    Muscat, Oman12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nizwa Fort
    Hello , everyone During my visit to Nizwa in February, I was enchanted by the historical fortress. As I wandered through its corridors, I savored the delightful local cuisine. I was equally fascinated by the rich historical heritage and the sites that told stories from Oman's past. What made this visit special was the interaction with visitors from various cultures, as we shared stories and knowledge. I'd like to emphasize that Nizwa is not only a historical gem but also a significant tourist destination I highly recommend.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 23, 2023
  • Deanosaur89
    Edmonton, Canada7,320 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Fort to See in Oman
    This fort and the area have some very interesting features and history. The fort itself has a large round tower and many hidden features. There is good signage throughout in English and Arabic and the brochure is also informative too. Underneath the fort is a museum that has lots of displays to show the way of life for locals and has some good artifacts from the past centuries all with good signage. Inside the fort there are two live stations with a lady making bread and men making pottery. There is a coffee shop as well and when we entered they gave us a coupon to buy two drinks and get free ice cream! The courtyard was in development when we visited but it seemed that they were developing a garden with a seating area and possibly a small zoo. A cool feature beside the fort is some ruins that are even older and the Nizwa Souq. The Nizwa Fort is about a 2 hour drive from Muscat and if you rent a car you can park in the "Nizwa Souq Parking" area. The cost to enter is 5 OMR per adult and we felt it was worth the trip and possibly worth a stay overnight in Nizwa to check out more of this charming Oasis.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 28, 2023
  • Anand_Lobo
    Mumbai, India865 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit
    Worth a day trip from Muscat. The fort has been restored, it’s extremely clean, inviting and for history buffs there is a bit to read and see. Clean toilets and a small cafe within the fort compound too.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 17, 2023
  • Gina C
    7 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Poor animal treatment. Nice Fort
    The fort has been well restored and there is plenty of information to read around the fort and also in the exhibition area. It is clean and kept well. The condition of the animals at the back of the fort is not nice to see. The constant pacing and seeing them tethered night and day (we were staying next door and could see the poor camel tied all night) with no grass left nearby.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 20, 2023
  • Xerxes R
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates523 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Liked the history and the views
    Liled the visit. Entry is 5 local money, and the views were lovely. The weather is great, so that helped as well. Def worth visiting for the history of the Fort and taking a chill. Enjoy the visit here.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 26, 2023
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Dirk W
Alexandra Headland, Australia10,051 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Amazingly, Nizwa Fort is the #1 attraction, not only in Nizwa, but in Oman ! Personally, I think that says more about Oman than about the fort, but it is an interesting place to visit. Well preserved, and well signed with multi-lingual explanations, it is still better to visit with a guide who will point out peculiar features such as the "murder holes", shafts above doorways to poor boiling oil on any unwanted intruders.
Apart from spending an hour exploring the walls and courtyards, make sure you visit some of the exhibition rooms ; good displays about culture, olive oil production and indigo color.
Entrance costs 5 OMR.
Written May 28, 2024
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Brittany_11_10
Los Angeles, CA1,732 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Cool fort and castle to explore, and our toddler enjoyed climbing lots of the steps, going into the various rooms, and sitting on the colorful cushions. The views from the top of the castle and/or fort (they're connected, and one ticket allows you to see/explore both) are great, definitely worth climbing the steps if you can.

We didn't hire a guide, and we didn't have the...freedom? flexibility? haha...to read much of the information available (see above: toddler), but we liked the amusingly detailed/descriptive bits about how invaders were repelled.

Definitely worth checking out if you're in Nizwa!
Written May 9, 2024
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Ali Nazifpour
Tehran, Iran30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
It's a must see if you visit Oman. The Omani people had a unique and intriguing culture and lifestyle which was reflected by their own unique brand of Islam and the difficult warlike conditions of their environment and all of this is reflected in the architecture of their forts which weren't merely forts but encompassed every aspect of the social life. Therefore a visit to these forts is very educational and interesting.
Written April 28, 2024
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WMBandit
Shanghai, China2,065 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Five Omani riyal for entrance
Very busy and popular and a-lot more commerical than Bahla. Still enjoyable and plenty of cafes around the fort since it is in the souq.
Lots of activities during Eid many are great for family.
Written April 27, 2024
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iamgood
New Delhi, India28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Intelligently and professionally restored, conserved and rejuvenated fort. The history of what it must have been like in those days comes alive, once you are inside the fort. There are photogrsphs on display to tell you how dilapidated it looked before conservation. The graphics and illustrations on display are informative. A nice touch is putting in of relevant artefacts in each space to convey space usage better. For example there are new cannons placed in every defense hole in the perimeter wall to add to your visualisation. The only negative is its over steep entry ticket pricing at 5 OMR. A tourist is NOT a milch cow.
Written April 25, 2024
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scotdoc2015
Birmingham, UK223 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 March 20, 2024
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Samaneh Ghaedi
Tehran, Iran260 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 March 19, 2024
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MarcusHurley
Calne, UK10,377 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 March 18, 2024
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ileftmyheartinTokyo
Cheltenham274 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 March 7, 2024
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ricshanshibly1986
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia2,124 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 February 26, 2024
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