Fort Cornwallis

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  • Address: Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, Penang Hill
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  • Timings: 09:00 am - 07:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +60-42620202
  • Ticket Price: 2 MYR
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Island, Park, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Fort, Military Area

Fort Cornwallis is the largest standing fort in Malaysia. Set close to the Esplanade and Penang Clocktower, the star-shaped bastion is one of the oldest structures in Penang. Named after Marquis Charles Cornwallis, only a set of ten-foot high outer walls remain, with an enclosed park within.

Situated on Penang’s north-eastern coast, a stroll along the privately-managed Fort Cornwallis’ perimeters will take you about 10 minutes. It is a surreal experience to hear the 1812 Overture playing over the speaker system while a Malaysian man dressed in full British regalia stands at the gate. Inside the fort is a variety of vaguely-informative exhibits.

Built in 1786, Fort Cornwallis was intended as a defensive structure against pirates, Kedah forces and even the French during the Napoleonic Wars. However although it was initially built for the Royal artillery troops and the military, it served an administrative function rather than an actively defensive one. 

Spanning 4490 sq.ft. it was built as a stockade with no permanent structures. The fort stands on the site where Captain Francis Light first set foot in 1786 on the then virtually-uninhabited Penang and took possession of the island from the Sultan of Kedah. He then established a free port to lure trade from Britain’s Dutch rivals.

Originally built of nibong palms, during Colonel R.T. Farquhar’s term as Governor of Penang Fort Cornwallis was rebuilt with bricks and stones using Indian convict labor thus transforming the wooden fort into a stone structure. Fort Cornwallis’ star shape is attributed to the fact that this design was a better defence against multiple fields of fire from enemies.

A bronze statue of Captain Francis Light stands near Fort Cornwallis’ main entrance. Inside the fort are prison cells, barracks, munitions storage areas, a harbour light once used to signal incoming ships and the original flagstaff.

At the southwest corner of the fort is Penang’s first chapel, built in 1799. You can also see several old bronze cannons inside the fort including Seri Rambai, which is popularly regarded as a fertility symbol. Locals often place offerings of flowers and joss sticks at its base.

The largest fort in Malaysia, Fort Cornwallis was initially built to ward off attacks from pirates but then was turned into an administrative building. Today it acts as an important historical structure with a number of tourists visiting it everyday. Buy tickets for Fort Cornwallis online to avoid wastage of time in huge lines. You can also find out Fort Cornwallis ticket prices before booking them and combine Fort Cornwallis tickets with other attractive deals and tours. Other tickets for Fort Cornwallis tours can also be purchased from our ticketing platform at great deals.

  • For kids, the entrance fee is RM 1

  • On foot or by a trishaw.

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  • Fort Cornwallis Address: Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, Penang Hill
  • Fort Cornwallis Contact Number: +60-42620202
  • Fort Cornwallis Timing: 09:00 am - 07:00 pm
  • Fort Cornwallis Price: 2 MYR
  • Best time to visit Fort Cornwallis(preferred time): 04:00 pm - 07:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Fort Cornwallis: 02:00 Hrs
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  • 95% of people who visit Penang Hill include Fort Cornwallis in their plan

  • 42.36% of people start their Fort Cornwallis visit around 3 PM - 4 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Fort Cornwallis

Tuesday, Friday and Sunday

68.05% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Fort Cornwallis

People normally club together Pinang Peranakan Mansion and Khoo Kongsi while planning their visit to Fort Cornwallis.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
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  • Although not much of what should have been preserved exists, it's still an interesting place to visit. Recommend that you engage the services of a tour guide, otherwise you'll miss out on most of the history, not to mention the very interesting make-believe stories. The lighthouse, the cannons, the moat... there's a story everywhere.

  • Nice location to spend an hour or so. Good to walk around and read the history. Whilst a good visit the price is a little high for the amount of things to see, but nevertheless is a pleasant side trip

  • This is a good and small fort build during late 19th century. Tickets to foreigners arr too costly as compared to locals. But overall entry to this fort is costly. Some portion is under construction and there is a free guide available. She has some timings ans she explains entire fort beautifully and with good humar. If you are interested in history then only it is worth visiting it Or u can just roam around the fort and and enjoy beautiful surroundings of it. A good place for the pics for couples and family.

  • 20RM for non-malaysians.. very pricey for what you see? they were doing renovations so half of the place was closed off... they really should have given people a discounted price while this is happening! But at least I suppose the entrance fee is going towards conservation. Having said all of that, it is a great little historical site, pity there wasnt more info :(

  • As we entered the park we were met by Molly a guide. She was amazing told us all the history about the place showed us around . She also helped us with where to eat how to get back on the free bus. She got a map and really help us with places to eat and shop. But her knowledge about the park was amazing. A very nice lady. I recommend this place to visit and hopefully you will get Molly to make your day complete.

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