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Medina (Madinah), the second most holy place in Islam is an incredibly peaceful city and worth spending a few days in, whether you are Muslim or Non-Muslim. Aside from the most famous Medina attraction- the Prophets Mosque – Al-Masjid An Nabawi. What is there to do in Madinah and what are the important places in Madina to visit on your Madinah itinerary?
Related Post: I am not a Muslim but I did visit Medina as I wanted to learn more about Islam, read this blog post for how to visit Medina as a Non-Muslim.
Places to Visit in Madinah
Al-Masjid An Nabawi
I will save you the history lesson as if you’re reading this you probably know more than me about the Prophets Mosque. Of course, this is the most important place to visit in Madinah and the central place to visit.
Al-Haram is huge and I loved walking around the outside observing everyone and taking in the tranquillity.
Museums in Madinah
There are a number of museums in Medina you can visit although with just 1 day and 2 nights in Medina I did not have time to visit any myself.
I was recommended to visit Dar Al Madinah Museum.
Assalam Museum is located just outside of Al-Masjid An Nabawi so it’s in a really good location to visit.
Hejaz Railway Museum is also very close to Al Haram, it’s also a stop on the City Hop On Hop Off Bus which I really recommend doing!
The Beautiful Names of Allah Exhibition also shows as a popular museum to visit in Madinah.
From my experience trying to visit museums in Saudi Arabia, I advise double-checking the opening times before visiting as they can seem to open and close whenever they want.
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The Best Way To See Madinah.
For all of the other things to see in Madinah and popular Madinah attractions I am going to recommend that you use the Hop-On, Hop-Off Tourist Bus that runs in Medina.
For me, visiting Saudi Arabia as a tourist has been hard because of the lack of public transport options and tours on offer, however, because Madinah is set up for tourism, it is not an issue here and it makes sense to take this bus to see the many places to visit in Medina.
The bus starts and ends at the ClockTower by Al Masjid An Nabawi.
There are 2 lines, a green line and a red line. The green line is only very short and it only goes around the outside of Al-Haram so you should do the red line to see everything Medina has to offer.
The highlight of the bus for me was not only the ease of getting it but the audio guide as I did not take a Madinah Tour so this gave me so much historical information about Madinah.
The audioguide is available in 16 languages so it is perfect for everyone visiting!
You can book the bus at the ticket office by the Clocktower in Medina, or you can book and pay for it online. The prices are the same.
Personally, I decided to book online and I recommend you do too.
You can book the Madinah Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus on Get Your Guide here like I did which offers a 24hour free cancellation period.
And you can book it on Viator here too for the same price.
Accommodation in Madinah
I loved my Medina Hotel so I really recommend it to you too!
I stayed at Mawaddah Altaqwa Hotel which I really recommend. I had an amazing view of Al-Masjid a Nabawi from my room, the room was clean and comfy with welcoming staff. It definitely gets used as a hotel for big groups visiting Medina on their Pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina but that was not a problem for me!
For more Medina Hotels for your trip, have a look on Booking.com here as there is a huge selection!
Also known as Ohud Battlefield, this is one of the extremely historical places in Madina. Once the hop-on, hop-off bus has been around the Al-Haram Mosque it travels out of the city here as the first real stop. I recommend getting off the bus here so you can visit the mosque and see the views of the city and mountain from a small hill next to the mosque.
Al Noor Mall
This is a stop on the Red bus route. I stopped here for a bathroom break and to get lunch. Unless you want either or you want to shop I don’t suggest visiting as it is a pretty standard mall and not different to any other mall in Saudi Arabia.
If shopping is on your list of Madinah things to do, Sultanah Road is a good stop. There are lots of shops along the street and lots of places to eat too.
For what to do in Medina, Quba Square is a good place to visit on the bus or walking from Al-Haram. It is a good walking street full of shops and a one of the good things to do in Medina at night.
I hope this helps you understand the many places to visit in Madinah and things to do in Madinah. Whether you are visiting Medina as part of a pilgrimage with Mecca or you are visiting only Medina as I did, you can easily spend 2 days in Medina.
Here is my video showing you all of the best places to visit in Madinah:
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