Fort Cornwallis, George Town

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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  • 20MR but, unfortunately, not much to see or get excited about. Only interesting part under construction (Dec 17). Majority taken up by a concrete "stage" and gift shop. Sorry.  more »
  • Understanding the history of Georgetown requires a visit to this fort. The view from the fort walls overlooking the harbour, puts Georgetown into perspective, as a trading port and a vital acquisition...  more »
  • The place itself wasn't that much to see, but together with the guide Mollys stories it turned into smth much more interesting. Also got some good tips around George Town  more »
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  • It was a waste of money when I last came 8 years ago and today there is even less to see as they have restricted access to much of the site. 20RM each to look at the fort walls? You get a better view of the walls from the outside. Don't bother. No evidence that your money goes into any restoration.
  • A nice escape from the city, to sit in the garden and walk through the grounds. I think it would have been more interesting with a tour guide, I unfortunately missed the English session on the day. A pleasant visit, but not a must see if you're short on time.
  • The gun powder chamber has human piss everywhere. Do not pay to go there. It worth 2 ringets per person, not 20 as they are charing.
  • In the day the weather is a little bit hot but was enjoy our guide. It’s just was historic place.
  • We had dinner at the Kota Cornwallis Dine & Coffee. Dinner was excellent. A little on the pricey side. The fort is worth seeing. Plenty of history.

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As an established tourist destination, George Town offers a range of options making use of the city's famous architectural diversity, with boutique hotels in the old town themed around the history of the building they occupy. For such singular accommodations, expect to pay a little more. Budget hotels and unbranded local options provide a comfortable night sleep at an affordable rate. The coastal areas offer more expensive resort-style luxury rooms with sea views, while away from the beaten track, you'll find backpacker hostels providing good options for those wanting to keep on the move.
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