Fort Cornwallis, Penang Hill

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Fort Cornwallis, Penang Hill - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price

Address: Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Phone: +60-42620202

Ticket Price: 2 MYR

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Time Required: 02:00 Hrs

Timings: 09:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

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About Fort Cornwallis, Penang Hill

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.

Fort Cornwallis Ticket Prices

  • For kids, the entrance fee is RM 1

How To reach Fort Cornwallis by Public Transport

  • On foot or by a trishaw.

Restaurants Near Fort Cornwallis

  • Quay Cafe
  • Seed Natural Food Cafe

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  • It was a waste of money when I last came 8 years ago and today there is even less to see as they have restricted access to much of the site. 20RM each to look at the fort walls? You get a better view of the walls from the outside. Don't bother. No evidence that your money goes into any restoration.

  • In the day the weather is a little bit hot but was enjoy our guide. It’s just was historic place.

  • A nice escape from the city, to sit in the garden and walk through the grounds. I think it would have been more interesting with a tour guide, I unfortunately missed the English session on the day. A pleasant visit, but not a must see if you're short on time.

  • The gun powder chamber has human piss everywhere. Do not pay to go there. It worth 2 ringets per person, not 20 as they are charing.

  • We had dinner at the Kota Cornwallis Dine & Coffee. Dinner was excellent. A little on the pricey side. The fort is worth seeing. Plenty of history.

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