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Fort Cornwallis, George Town

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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. Use our George Town vacation planner to add Fort Cornwallis and other attractions to your George Town vacation plans.
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  • The fort is fun to walk through and gives peace compared to the busy streets. The tour is fun to do and only takes a half an hour in which you get some additional information. Rate is 20RM per adult.
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  • A bit of a fizzer when it comes to WOW,... but very historic and interesting... U would have to be bit nerdy to enjoy... which I did!!  more »
  • Nice to visit if you have an hour ' about '. For what there is to see it a bit on the expensive side (20RM p.p.). A what pushy lady after the entrance to serve as tour guide. Further relaxed can walk around. With the powder bunker behind a real (?) VOC cannon.
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  • You have to pay for enter this place. If you just wanna see some canon,I recommend you to go along the seaside road (I went by bicycle). If you wanna know history and see many things. I recommend you to go inside.
  • Lovely historical site. Whether there's "anything to see" depends on your interest in history. Free tour was included in the admittance fee, and was very interesting. Our guide was super helpful too! There's also a place to fill your water bottle, which certainly came in handy on a hot day. All in all we spent a couple of hours here, and being history buffs, felt like we got value for our money.
  • The surrounding of this fort is nice. Built up by Red bricks along the seaside. I didn't walk in to have a look as it is tickets payment needed. Just take photos outside and along the beach.
  • A piece of history. The fort used to have a moat but it was filled up because of mosquitoes and malaria. The buildings that once stood inside the fort are gone accept for a chapel and munition depot. Entrance is 20 Ringgits for tourists and 10 for locals. Free tours several times a day. People who appreciate history will appreciate it more than those looking for a spectacular defense work.
  • Better take advantage of the guide whose fee is already included in the entrance ticket. If you have no prior knowledge about this place, you will lose the rich and interesting stories this place holds if you decide to go around by your own.

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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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