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  • Haytham Abu Firas
    Qatar19,225 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Penang City Tour
    Fort Cornwallis is a bastion fort in George Town, Penang, Malaysia, built in the late 18th century. Named after the then Earl Cornwallis (1738–1805), the Governor-General of Bengal at the time of the fort's construction, it is the largest standing fort in Malaysia. The fort never engaged in combat during its operational history.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 20, 2023
  • marysteven
    Huddersfield, United Kingdom55 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Moving the goal posts.
    This is the 3rd time I’ve been here but spread over a time span of about 18 years. It has changed a little bit from my first visit however some of the changes are puzzling. There is a row of concrete rooms easily evident to the left of the entrance. These rooms are labelled on the building itself and the tour map brochures as store rooms. Strange!! When I first came here about 18years ago they were prison cells with ‘ manikins’ inside shackled to the walls and handcuffed. So were they guessing about the building? Are they guessing again? Lots of cannons around but not really much else. Disappointing.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 31, 2024
  • MrMrsHappyR
    Liverpool, United Kingdom1,427 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting
    Interesting structure near Penang Cruise Terminal. Although you need to pay to enter the inside of the fortress, you can't actually see quite a lot of it for free by just walking around the outside. There are some nice views of Penang Bay too
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 28, 2024
  • EndlessVoyage
    California1,088 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Women’s Bathroom! Lovely cafe, interesting History
    The fort itself is rather predictable. there were 3 visitors the whole time we recovered from the heat -40 Celsius. Sitting in the shade, reading the pamphlet and a little more info available. We had a brief look around. Tours are only on weekends. There is a nice cafe onsite, although it wasn’t open while we were there. A tour is possibly necessary to truly enjoy this spot. THE PUBLIC BATHROOMS ARE WONDERFUL! This was a shock. The women’s bathroom was spotless, new, nice architectural touches and overall a jaw dropper. I say this as I sit in Batu Ferranghi where the poolside bathrooms at the Shangri-La Rasa are no way near as nice. On a weekend where you can take a tour, enjoy the highly rated cafe in the shade and relax, this could be a lovely spot.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 7, 2024
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Marcus S
7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This place was a rip off. Half the place is under renovation and blocked off yet they will charge you the full price of 20rm. There are a few old canons spread around the upper edges but the views of what they may have been used to defend is now blocked by modern buildings. The inner fort is now a stage and seating area. There are some terrible weathered signs here and there giving tiny bits of history but really wikipedia probably gives you more. All done you can walk the whole place in 10 minutes. Take pictures from the outside and save your money.
Written January 7, 2020
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MrMrsHappyR
Liverpool, UK1,427 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Interesting structure near Penang Cruise Terminal. Although you need to pay to enter the inside of the fortress, you can't actually see quite a lot of it for free by just walking around the outside. There are some nice views of Penang Bay too
Written February 29, 2024
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Greg S
Perth, Australia35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Free guided tours are included with the admission price (10RM) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (at 10, 12, 2 and 4). And, for us, the guided tour definitely made the visit worthwhile! Our guide (Elaine) provided a lot of detail about the Fort which was not available from the signs alone - the highlight being the story behind the Portuguese cannon made in 1603 which is at the Fort (see picture).

The admission price also includes a 10RM voucher to use at stores within the Fort, which we used to buy a refreshing drink after the guided tour. Overall, we thought the admission price was fair and we definitely enjoyed the experience. Plus the views from the ramparts are nice and others have mentioned.
Written January 15, 2023
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peter M
Sanur, Indonesia82 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Unless you stay for a drink or a meal a hour of your time is more than this site requires. It is well cared for and compact . It lacks information about the time period and it's role in the history of Penang.

The views at least are worth the RM5 entrance fee
Written September 1, 2022
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EndlessVoyage
California1,088 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The fort itself is rather predictable. there were 3 visitors the whole time we recovered from the heat -40 Celsius. Sitting in the shade, reading the pamphlet and a little more info available. We had a brief look around. Tours are only on weekends. There is a nice cafe onsite, although it wasn’t open while we were there. A tour is possibly necessary to truly enjoy this spot. THE PUBLIC BATHROOMS ARE WONDERFUL! This was a shock. The women’s bathroom was spotless, new, nice architectural touches and overall a jaw dropper. I say this as I sit in Batu Ferranghi where the poolside bathrooms at the Shangri-La Rasa are no way near as nice. On a weekend where you can take a tour, enjoy the highly rated cafe in the shade and relax, this could be a lovely spot.
Written April 8, 2024
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Ashfield531
Ringwood, UK1,221 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
If you visit on a cruise ship then this is right near your exit and you get a good idea of the building from the outside. It costs too much to enter as there is not a lot to see. You can offset part of the entry cost as a voucher for a drink from one of the cafes inside.
Written May 2, 2023
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Deb L
7 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
We came to see the fort to learn a little about the local history. Unfortunately the signs were in such bad shape you barely can read it or see the faded photo from the past. With very little investment to put up new signs it would at least justify the steep cost to visit. It seems that the admission is for them to do light gardening inside the fort. Other than seeing old canons, I would skip this.
Written December 12, 2022
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marysteven
Huddersfield, UK55 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
This is the 3rd time I’ve been here but spread over a time span of about 18 years. It has changed a little bit from my first visit however some of the changes are puzzling. There is a row of concrete rooms easily evident to the left of the entrance. These rooms are labelled on the building itself and the tour map brochures as store rooms. Strange!! When I first came here about 18years ago they were prison cells with ‘ manikins’ inside shackled to the walls and handcuffed. So were they guessing about the building? Are they guessing again? Lots of cannons around but not really much else. Disappointing.
Written February 1, 2024
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isle&arc
Quezon City, Philippines1,650 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
Walked around Georgetown all the way to the waterfront. It was worth imagining how this sentinel was a witness to so much history, so many generations of explorers, colonisers and locals — with their different roles in shaping Penang.

Visit this place so their stories are not forgotten or just enjoy a leisure walk and watch families and friends in the adjacent Esplanade enjoy the evening.
Written March 7, 2020
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Jennifer S
Brisbane, Australia142 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
The fort is undergoing renovation but it is too little too late. The place looks sad and I walked all around it. The waterfront looks sad and dirty. The maps don’t show much history and there are protection walls around the fort at the moment. There are run down shops in front of the fort but they are all boarded up. Rubbish everywhere.
Written January 16, 2020
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