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The capital of Jordan is a modern, bustling place, originally set over seven hills. Many of its buildings are only a few decades old, but there are some exceptions, such as the King Hussein Mosque, right in the heart of the city centre, built in 1924.

Some remnants of its more ancient history are also visible, such as the Roman theatre around which the downtown area of Amman grew up. On a hill above Amman is the citadel, along with a patchwork of Roman, Byzantine and Umayyad ruins, testament to the range of civilisations which have left their mark on the country.

Amman's attractions

The Jordan Museum, AmmanThe citadel is also home to the Jordanian Archaeological Museum with displays on the Dead Sea scrolls and other finds, some dating to prehistory. The Museum is due to relocate in the next couple of years. Other museums and galleries abound in Amman, including the Royal Automobile Museum, established by King Abdullah II in memory of his father King Hussein, many of whose cars are on show here.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Amman

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Amman, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Our expert guides to exploring Amman

    Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting Amman, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate Amman at its best.

    • The King's Highway in Jordan
      Kerak Castle

      The King's Highway in Jordan

      The King's Highway in Jordan

      Travelling the King's Highway in Jordan means seeing 5,000 years of history. Visit sites of the Holy Land, the churches at Madaba and Mount Nebo, the castles of Kerak and Shawbak, as well as the ancient city of Petra.

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    Accommodation choices for Amman

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Amman. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    Ideas for experiencing Amman

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Amman, and which use the best local guides.

    • Amman City Tour
      The Roman theatre, Amman

      Amman City Tour

      Amman City Tour

      The tour of Amman will include the Roman theatre, and a visit to the Citadel to get a wonderful view of the city, as well as to visit the ruins there.

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    • Full Day Tour of Jerash, Umm Qais & Ajloun
      View from Ajloun Castle

      Full Day Tour of Jerash, Umm Qais & Ajloun

      Full Day Tour of Jerash, Umm Qais & Ajloun

      Located about an hour outside of Amman, Jerash is one of the real highlights of a trip to Jordan. It is one of the best-preserved Greco-Roman cities in the Middle East, although it traces its origins right back to Neolithic times.

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