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“Disappointing”
Review of Fort Cornwallis

Fort Cornwallis
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Bowral, Australia
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41 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
Reviewed November 1, 2012

Maybe I've seen too many forts and castles in my time but in spite of its history I found this a tad ordinary and barely worth the visit. It could all do with a good makeover.

Visited October 2012
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Waterloo, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Neato”
Reviewed October 30, 2012

Pretty small venue. Not really that much to see. Good for an hour's worth of exploration. What you do see however, is supremely neat. An old crumbling fort from the 'glory' days of the British Empire.

Visited December 2011
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Sadly neglected”
Reviewed October 30, 2012

Sadly this place is very neglected. Still worth a look but unfortunately the story boards that outline the history of Fort Cornwallis are out of order and seem to have a few gaps in the narrative. The fort has only a few buildings (cells, chapel etc) all of which are quite decayed. There are a few of the old cannons to see but not much more. Without our guide we would not have known about the old moat around the fort or history of the place. Quick visit is worthwhile when exploring the area.

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Toowoomba, Australia
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Very disappointing”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

This is the centrepiece of Penang's history. Where most of it began. Although some of it has been restored, the overall impression is of neglect. The information displays although informative, are poorly maintained. It's only 2MYR to go in, so won't break the bank, but not really worth the effort.

Visited October 2012
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UK
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“interesting and good historical context”
Reviewed October 24, 2012

Very interesting to wander around. some of the information boards a little confusing and out of order but overall worthwhile spending a couple of hours wandering around. nice little cafe for a drink

Visited September 2012
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