Fort CornwallisCurrently Open [Closes at 07:00 pm]
- Address: Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, Penang Hill
- 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.
Entrance Ticket Details For Fort Cornwallis
- For kids, the entrance fee is RM 1
How to Reach Fort Cornwallis
- On foot or by a trishaw.
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95% of people who visit Penang Hill include Fort Cornwallis in their plan
3 PM - 4 PM
42.36% of people start their Fort Cornwallis visit around 3 PM - 4 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Fort Cornwallis
68.05% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Fort Cornwallis
Fort Cornwallis Reviews & Ratings
Easy to locate and clear guidance map. Part of the site is still under construction so hopefully it will have more historical information for visitors. The eatery is worth a mention though, tasty Malaysian dishes made with heart and creativity. You can reimburse your entrance fee if you dine there - Kota Dine & Coffee.
It is historic place. Near this place, there is a pier. Because, it is located near the sea. Traffic is good, no traffic jam in working hours. Not so far from georgetown. Beside walking, you can rent a bicycle, motorcycle, or electric scooter. You can use bus to go to this place. But, waiting time for bus too long.
They have a small cafe inside that serves fusion food. The fort is not that big, but very clean and preserved. You can get a good view of the sea from there.
A place with historical significance. You can get a glimpse of bunkers and canons inside this fort. Located very close to the sea. If you are interested in knowing the history, you may then like it. Entry free for locals and fee for foreigners.
A nice place to take a stroll through the rubble and the bare foundations of a historic fort. There is an entrance fee into the fort. Areas are limited, and you would find yourself completing the tour within an hour or less. There are lots of parking around the area, but are usually full due to the popularity of the surrounding areas.