‘I went on a tour recently with my daughter’s Gan. She went on a separate tour as the usual one I would not recommend for young children. However we had an enjoyable visit walking around and seeing how the Knesset operates. There are different tours that focus on different elements at the Knesset so it is probably best to phone ahead. We had a picnic in the gardens opposite after our tour.’
Tours of the Knesset take place from Sunday to Thursday in the following languages: Hebrew, Arabic, English, French, Spanish, German, Russian and Amharic. Tours last about one hour and there is no charge. All visitors must bring their passport or Israeli identity card. Visitors should arrive about half an hour before the scheduled start of the tour to allow time for the entry process.
Tours for Individuals Tours take place on Sundays and Thursdays, 08:30 to 14:00, at the following times:
Hebrew: 10:00, 11:00, 13:00 English: 8:30, 12:00, 14:00 Arabic: 13:30 French: 13:00 Russian: 11:00 Spanish: 10:00 German: 8:30
Individuals do not need to make a reservation for these tours.
Tours for Groups (10 persons and more) Tours for groups of 10 persons or more are held on Sundays through Thursdays from 09:00 – 18:00 and must be reserved in advance. Groups should coordinate visits in advance with the Knesset Visitors Center (tel: 02-6753337).
Observing Debates in the Knesset Plenum Visitors may observe Knesset plenary debates from the Public Gallery on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Plenary sittings begin at the following times: Mondays: 16:00 Tuesdays: 16:00 Wednesdays: 11:00 Groups (10 persons or more) should coordinate visits to the Knesset plenary debates in advance with the Knesset Visitors Center (tel: 02-6753337).
The Knesset Dress Code Visitors are requested to dress appropriately. Those who are wearing the following will not be allowed into the Knesset building: Shorts, 3/4 pants, torn pants, sleeveless shirts, shirts with political slogans, belly shirts and flip-flops. This dress code applies to anyone aged 14 and older.