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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  • There is nothing to see but grass and walls. If you’re not guided by someone it’s really not interesting. By the outside is enough  more »
  • You are likely to appreciate this place if you have a sense of history otherwise you will be disappointed. It is a must see for those with a keen interest on the history of the British Empire in parti...  more »
  • I fully understand the standpoint of those writing largely negative reviews; Fort Cornwallis is not (being essentially built as a private enterprise by the BEIC in the early 1800s!) as impressive as o...  more »
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  • It's a waste of value. If you want to see a deserted and under maintenance bunker and some rusty old canons, RM10 entrance fee is cut throat price. They have a well built entrance door with free flyers and a tour guide dressed like safari guide, gave us an impression of much interest. Alas, when we went in we found out that they closed down half of the place including the chapel. Nothing much to see apart of a gift shop, a restaurant and a beverage truck. We felt cheated. Shame on Cornwallis management.
  • We visited Fort Cornwallis yesterday at 1.30pm and waited for the next tour at 3pm. While we waited we ate at the restaurant which by local prices is expensive but for a visiting tourist is cheap. The food was delicious. My daughter and I chose the set menu. There was plenty of food - servings are generous. I've read the other reviews and if you didn't have a guided tour the fort is not very interesting. Our lovely guide told us about the history of Penang and the fort and it was most informative. It is also a lovely peaceful spot and a nice respite from the hustle and bustle of Georgetown.
  • Well preserved fort but there isn’t a lot to see inside. Simple fortifications and some old canons and it’s not enough to justify the high entry fee. Nice views of the sea and city from the ramparts though. Try to avoid going during peak of the day as the heat can be unbearable.
  • Waste of money and time, there is nothing there!! My girlfriend and I played 20MR each, within 10 minutes we had seen the entire fort and took pictures, nothing exciting there at all, no museum, no artifacts except for a few cannons. They built an amphitheater and modern buildings in the middle of the fort which drastically take away the authentic feel of the fort, how they are retaining their UNESCO status i dont know. And in those buildings are only a cafe and a gift store which left us feeling like we played 40MR entry for a gift store and cafe. Highly unrecommend this, not worth it unless it's free!!
  • Only really interesting if you are a lifelong student of history, which I am so it was pretty interesting to me and I did not mind the paying what I remember as being a fairly high price.
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