Town Hall

Currently Open [Closes at 06:00 pm]
  • Address: 4, Esplanade Row W, BBD Bagh, Kolkata, West Bengal 700001, India
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  • Timings: 11:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
  • Phone: 033-22483085
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Family And Kids, Architecture

Town Hall - Review

It took about 5 years to build this building (from 1807 to 1813) and looking at it now you will know why. Considered to be one of the finest landmarks in Kolkata, Town Hall was designed in quintessential Roman Doric style giving it its exquisite charm. The ultimate goal was to create a place for European aristocrats to gather and enjoy and so the job was given to Col. John Garstin to execute to perfection. Needless to say that the work was done well as the hall now stands as a National Heritage Building with two spacious porticoes and dome-like structure, garnering the attention of everyone passing by. Alongside that, the place is also home to Kolkata Museum explaining the imperial history of the city. Come here to brush up your knowledge on the history and learn about the various important events that were held here. You can go for a guided tour too!

Town Hall Ticket Prices

General :

  • Free Entry to Town Hall.

Town Hall Museum :

  • Tuesday to Friday : 10 INR
  • Saturday, Sunday & Holidays : 15 INR
  • School Group : 5 INR           

Town Hall Hours

  • Timing for museum is same as Town Hall Timings.

How To reach Town Hall by Public Transport

  • Bus Station : Raj Bhawan

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TripHobo Highlights for Town Hall

  • Town Hall Address: 4, Esplanade Row W, BBD Bagh, Kolkata, West Bengal 700001, India
  • Town Hall Contact Number: 033-22483085
  • Town Hall Timing: 11:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Town Hall Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Town Hall(preferred time): 11:00 am - 03:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Town Hall: 02:00 Hrs
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  • Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kolkata_Town_Hall
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Things to Know Before Visiting Town Hall

  • 3.81% of people who visit Kolkata include Town Hall in their plan

  • 37.84% of people start their Town Hall visit around 11 AM - 12 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Town Hall

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

92.65% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Town Hall

People normally club together Marble Palace Kolkata and Kalighat Kali Temple while planning their visit to Town Hall.

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Town Hall, Kolkata Reviews

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  • In Roman-Doric style, this building was built by the architect Col John Garstin in 1813 with a fund of INR 7 Lakh raised from lottery to provide the Europeans with a place for social gatherings. At first, the hall was placed under a committee, which allowed the public to use the hall under such terms and conditions as were fixed by the government. The public could visit the ground floor hall to see statues and large size portrait paintings but they were not allowed indiscriminate access to the upper storey. In the year of 1897 the Town Hall had been partly renovated . After the political independence in 1947, indiscriminate interference with the structure inevitably took its toll. That, at last, has been prevented in 1998 by timely intervention. The town hall was featured on the 6th leg of The Amazing Race 18, when the teams had to compete in a tea-drinking roadblock. If you are fond of seeing old big status , potrait and if you want to know about kolkata one should visit this place .

  • The building of the Town Hall was made in Roman-Doric style in 1813. At first, the hall was placed under a committee, which allowed the public to use the hall under such terms and conditions as were fixed by the Government. The public could visit the ground floor hall to see statues and large size portrait paintings but they were not allowed indiscriminate access to the upper storey. Applications for the use of the upper storey were to be made to the committee. In 1867 Town Hall came under the management of the municipal authority, the Justices of Peace for the improvement of the town of Kolkata(later on the Calcutta Corporation). In the 1870s, at the time of the Chief Justice Richard Couch, when the present building of the High Court was being built, the Town Hall was temporarily used for judicial purposes. In 1871, one of the Puisne Judges, John Paxton Norman was assassinated by a fanatic Muslim of the Wahabi sect, while coming down the steps of the Town Hall. In the year of 1897 the Town Hall had been renovated at a cost of about Rs. 1.126 million. 1900 to 1947Edit In 1914 almost all the marble statues except the statue of Ramanath Tagore have been shifted to Victoria Memorial. After the introduction of the Dyarchy in 1919, the Town Hall was used as the council chamber of the Bengal Legislative Council. The interior of the Hall was remodeled to suit the needs of the Council. The President of the Council had his chamber in the Town Hall. Subsequently, the Legislative Council moved to its new building in 1931.[1] During the Second World War, the government temporarily opened a Rationing Office in the Hall. Post IndependenceEdit After Independence, the Town Hall Building was largely neglected, during the early days of independence, during the 'Socialist Era' of early independence and seems to have been steadily consigned to collective oblivion. It was converted into the Municipal Magistrate’s Office. Other branches of the Corporation were accommodated within its premises. The Municipal Service Commission and the West Bengal Public Service Commission also occupied parts of the building. In 1975, all marble busts along with some portrait paintings were shifted to the Victoria Memorial Hall except the busts of Greenlaw and Palmer. The rest numbers of portrait paintings had also been shifted to Central Municipal Office building leaving two portrait paintings of Ryan and Nott at Town Hall. Gradually this magnificent building with rich heritage was sunk into oblivion. In 1998 by timely intervention of the ASI and the Calcutta High Court this heritage building was saved from further damage and destruction. And was later renovated to its former glory, and is now used for public gatherings and functions

  • The building of the Town Hall was made in Roman-Doric style in 1813. At first, the hall was placed under a committee, which allowed the public to use the hall under such terms and conditions as were fixed by the Government. The public could visit the ground floor hall to see statues and large size portrait paintings but they were not allowed indiscriminate access to the upper storey. Applications for the use of the upper storey were to be made to the committee. In 1867 Town Hall came under the management of the municipal authority, the Justices of Peace for the improvement of the town of Kolkata(later on the Calcutta Corporation). In the 1870s, at the time of the Chief Justice Richard Couch, when the present building of the High Court was being built, the Town Hall was temporarily used for judicial purposes. In 1871, one of the Puisne Judges, John Paxton Norman was assassinated by a fanatic Muslim of the Wahabi sect, while coming down the steps of the Town Hall. In the year of 1897 the Town Hall had been renovated at a cost of about Rs. 1.126 million. 1900 to 1947Edit In 1914 almost all the marble statues except the statue of Ramanath Tagore have been shifted to Victoria Memorial. After the introduction of the Dyarchy in 1919, the Town Hall was used as the council chamber of the Bengal Legislative Council. The interior of the Hall was remodeled to suit the needs of the Council. The President of the Council had his chamber in the Town Hall. Subsequently, the Legislative Council moved to its new building in 1931.[1] During the Second World War, the government temporarily opened a Rationing Office in the Hall. Post IndependenceEdit After Independence, the Town Hall Building was largely neglected, during the early days of independence, during the 'Socialist Era' of early independence and seems to have been steadily consigned to collective oblivion. It was converted into the Municipal Magistrate’s Office. Other branches of the Corporation were accommodated within its premises. The Municipal Service Commission and the West Bengal Public Service Commission also occupied parts of the building. In 1975, all marble busts along with some portrait paintings were shifted to the Victoria Memorial Hall except the busts of Greenlaw and Palmer. The rest numbers of portrait paintings had also been shifted to Central Municipal Office building leaving two portrait paintings of Ryan and Nott at Town Hall. Gradually this magnificent building with rich heritage was sunk into oblivion. In 1998 by timely intervention of the ASI and the Calcutta High Court this heritage building was saved from further damage and destruction. And was later renovated to its former glory, and is now used for public gatherings and functions

  • In Roman-Doric style, this building was built by the architect Col. John Garstin in 1813 with a fund of Rupees seven lakhs raised from lottery to provide the Europeans with a place for social gatherings. At first, the hall was placed under a committee, which allowed the public to use the hall under such terms and conditions as were fixed by the Government. The public could visit the ground floor hall to see statues and large size portrait paintings but they were not allowed indiscriminate access to the upper storey.

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