See a landmark example of colonial British architecture at Fort Cornwallis. Named after the then-governor general of Bengal, the fort was built by the British East India Company in the late 18th century. Constructed to cope with cannon fire, the fort utilizes the star design popularized in Italy during the mid 15th century, yet it has never seen battle. Now a museum, the site offers a wealth of information regarding British colonial presence in the area, notable fortified architecture, and a striking 21 m (69 ft) skeletal steel lighthouse. Plan to see Fort Cornwallis and other attractions that appeal to you using our George Town day trip website .
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Fort Cornwallis Reviews
Looked at the brochure and thought it would be good to visit and learn some history. Not much to see nor learn unless you are very keen to see the Sri Rambai canon! Must say though that we have learnt... more »
You will not get your moneys worth. There is barely anything to see, especially as half of the fort is under renovation. Still a nice walk along the walls, but even the view isn't great as the coast i... more »
I think that my family and I have just wasted our money. The money they received for three adults and a child was 70 ringgits and I think that with the same amount of money you can visit other world h... more »
It's pretty small, not too much to see. But if you're a fan of history you'll probably like it. There are some old cannons in the wall. There is the pill box used to hold all the ammunition and explosives, but that's about it. If you like being in a historical place because of what happened in the past then you'll probably like it.
Took me a fair while to walk to this landmark of Penang and to be honest I was pretty disappointed. I walked past the city hall and a little park which was nice on the way there, then you see the high walls of the fort with a few cannons poking out which made me think something inside must be amazing. So I got to the entrance and they charge you 20 RM for entry, so I paid it expecting to be met with loads of old war memorabilia, but instead all I got was an under construction sign and scaffolding stopping you going to one part of the fort. The rest of the fort was pretty boring with a few cannons to look at and an old pill box they used to store explosives. In my opinion I'd save your cash and give it a miss.
Place was brought to life by an excellent guide on a tour which is included in the entrance price. Check out times of tour and get the maximum out of your visit. History of George Town starts here and is fascinating but only if you take the tour. Very knowledgeable guide, fluent English and we loved the stories. Highly recommended and well worth the entrance fee to support the maintenance of these places.
Worth a stop in if you are in the vicinity and provides a nice background into the island. The upgrade works currently underway diminish the experience somewhat, but I'm sure it will be a great attraction when complete.
Not too much to it but worth a visit if you have the time and are interested in history. On the other hand, I talked to some backpackers who thought they would've happily given it a miss. There are some information boards around explaining various things but they're not very extensive.
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