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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  • October 2, 2017
    In the first episode, like a big review: tapestry-like, but enough to us that dribbling to interested market disturbance. Why come to sit by the sea that is more than.
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  • October 1, 2017
    Worth a visit just to find out the history of Penang. Very interesting. The guide was great and very funny. Best souvenir shop I've ever shopped in.  more »
  • September 29, 2017
    Benteng cornwallis ini lumayan terkenal secara selain unik letaknya di dalam kota, benteng ini juga udah masuk UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.. masuknya bayar sih..  more »
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  • August 1, 2017
    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.
  • July 13, 2017
    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.
  • July 21, 2017
    You can explore around the fort. Besides, there are information boards regarding Penang history in the fort for those who are interest to read it. The place is large and you can relax while enjoying the sea view. There are few old cannons placed in the fort. Overall, if you're interested in history, check this place out.
  • March 1, 2017
    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.
  • July 28, 2017
    I expected more from this place. And the entry fees RM20 for non-malaysiam and RM10 for malaysians is too much for what is inside. I am a history buff but this place is overhyped and the indoor artifacts and rooms are poorly maintained. To make up for this rip-off, we went to Botanical Garden after this. Tip: Do not go during hot sunny sky if you wanna enjoy without sweat.

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Where to stay in George Town

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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