Until the Nile-side Alexan Palace , one of the cityâ€™s finest 19th-century buildings, has been renovated and re-opened, the most accessible monument to Asyutâ€™s period of wealth is the Asyut Barrage. Built over the Nile between 1898 and 1902 to regulate the flow of water into the Ibrahimiyya Canal and assure irrigation of the valley as far north as Beni Suef, it also serves as a bridge across the Nile. As the barrage still has strategic importance, photography is forbidden, so you should keep your camera out of sight.
Banana Island, to the north of town, is a shady, pleasant place to picnic. Youâ€™ll have to bargain with a felucca captain for the ride: expect to pay at least EÂ£40 an hour.