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Istanbul attractions and things to do

Aya Sofya

Aya Sofya

Awe-inspiring Byzantine building with a rich, complex history.

Bosphorus Tour

Bosphorus Tour

Great views abound while cruising the strait that famously divides east and west.

Topkapı Palace

Topkapı Palace

Grand Ottoman royal complex full of beauty and treasures.

Kariye Museum

Kariye Museum

Beautiful small church with stunning frescos and mosaics.

Büyükada

Büyükada - The Princes’ Islands

Relaxation and recreation on Istanbul’s favourite holiday retreat.

Rumeli Fortress

Rumeli Fortress

Impressive waterfront fortress with great Bosphorus views.

Pera Museum

Pera Museum

Well-run small museum with high-quality art and artefact exhibits.

Istanbul Modern

Istanbul Modern

Cool contemporary art venue with a great location and café.

Istanbul Archaeological Museums

Istanbul Archaeological Museums

Rich collection of classical and pre-classical antiquities from Turkey and the region.

Grand Bazaar

Grand Bazaar

Massive covered marketplace full of colourful sights and shops.