Templar Tunnel guide starts with opening hours, entrance fees, history, and then we will walk through this tunnel in Acre. Let’s begin!
Old Acre is the old part of the modern city of Acre. And Templar Tunnel, as many other tourist attractions are located within Old Acre.
Templar Tunnel has two openings. One on Asher street 37, and the other on Ha-Hagana street not far from the lighthouse.
Map of the area:
On the Google maps above, I marked both openings. And thought the following plan does not identify Templar Tunnel, you can see the lighthouse (#41) and Khan al-Umdan (#10), which are near the openings.
Also, I used the word openings deliberately. You can enter and exit at each side. Thus you can walk to the West or to the East.
Notes: you can click on the map to enlarge it.
The basic combined ticket includes Hospitaller Fortress, The Okashi Museum, The Templar Tunnel, and Treasures In The Walls Museum (Old Acre Development Company manages all these sites). It costs 47 NIS for an adult and 40 NIS for a child. On top of the basic combination, you can add additional places like the Turkish Bath, Rosh Hanikra, Haypark zoo, and others. So there is a variety of combo tickets.
If you do not want to visit the Hospitaller Fortress (thought I would recommend not to skip it), you can purchase a ticket to Templar Tunnel and the Turkish bath for 25 NIS.
Sunday – Thursday and Saturday: 9:30 – 18:00 (till 19:30 during summer).
Friday and holiday eve: 9:30 – 17:00 (till 17:30 during summer).
- The summer time started on 1.4.2020.
- Opening hours and ticket prices were updated in March 2020. In any case, recheck the official site before your visit. You can find the full entrance fee list here and the opening hours here.
- There are also coupons available. You can find additional information in the Acre guide.
The Templars were a military-monastic order which – in the name of the pope – aided pilgrims and the ailing coming from Europe to visit the holy sites of the Land of Israel.
They first settled in Jerusalem, on the Temple Mount, hence their name, “the Templars,” the guardians of the Temple. Following the conquest of Jerusalem by Salah Al-Din in 1187, the Templars made their home in Acre and began to build their quarter in the city’s southwest section.
Here, at the western edge of the tunnel is where the main fortress of the Templar order was built. “The Templar Fortress was the strongest one in the city and, for the most part, it abutted the sea line. As a strong fortress, its entrance was protected by two powerful towers with 28-foot thick walls. Two smaller towers were built on either side of the towers, and each tower was topped by a gilded lion” (as described by a Templar who lived in Acre during the siege of 1291).
Source: Old Acre Development Company
And now let’s enter the tunnel.
The length of the tunnel is 350 meters, and it connected Templars fortress (the place where today you can find the lighthouse) and the port.
While you inside, you can watch a short movie (around 10 minutes) telling us about the tunnel and the history of the city.
Note: most of the tunnel is a regular walk, but in several places you will have to squat.
Templar Tunnel was discovered by chance. In 1994, residents of a house above the tunnel complained about clogged sewerage. And when the plumber looked into it, he found the tunnel.
Note: Templar Tunnel is fully accessible.
Visiting the Templar Tunnel takes about half an hour. And it is a lovely attraction. But if you want to see the bigger picture, I would suggest combining it with Hospitaller Fortress (Knights’ Halls). Moreover, there are additional sites in the city, you can see them in the Acre guide.
Have you ever been to the Templar Tunnel? Tell us in the comments below.
That’s all for today, and I’ll see you in future travels!
Additional ResourcesHere are several resources that I created to help travelers:
- Israel Trip Planner is the page that will help you to create your perfect travel route.
- National Parks And Nature Reserves page lists and put all national parks on the map. There is also a top list, information about ticket types and campsites.
- If you are looking for things to do, here are the pages for Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Sea Of Galilee, and Makhtesh Ramon.
- Wondering what events are there in Israel? Here is the Events And Festivals By Season guide.