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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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  • Having learned all about the history of Penang in history textbooks, even if I finished high school in 1997, a visit to Fort Cornwallis brings back the knowledge gained all those years ago... In addit...  more »
  • Honestly i wouldn't suggest one to spend that much on entrance fee to enter this fort. It has nothing much to learn in it. Try to stroll around the outer area and that shall be sufficient.  more »
  • Meaning to visit for some time and finally did but toi be honest there is nothing to see apart from a few very faded signs relating to streeet names, some more very faded signs relating to various gov...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Here's a thought. You got a huge open space with almost nothing to see, except a surrounding that smacks of a Battlefield/Counter-strike map. (Just nod to pretend you know what I mean.) So just rent out laser tag guns and belts to children (that is, anyone from age 8 to 60) and let them experience the joys of colonial defenders vs Japanese aggressors. That'll at least make history fun for future generations.