Fort Cornwallis

Currently 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 - Review

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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  • 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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Things to Know Before Visiting Fort Cornwallis

  • 95% of people who visit Penang Hill include Fort Cornwallis in their plan

  • 33.97% of people start their Fort Cornwallis visit around 12 PM - 1 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Fort Cornwallis

Thursday, Friday and Sunday

81.74% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Fort Cornwallis

People normally club together Made In Penang Interactive Museum and Eastern & Oriental Hotel 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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Fort Cornwallis, Penang Hill Reviews

  • A good way to spend a few hours in Penang - exploring the partially restored ruins of Fort Cornwallis. Not really a great deal to see but the admission is reasonably priced and the park offers a nice stroll with good views of the waterfront. The on-site restaurant offers an excellent variety of cold drinks and a decent luncheon/snack selection. We looked but could not find an explanation of why the British fort was named after the general who lost the war with the colonies (and ungentlemanly refused to surrender his sword to the victorious George Washington at Yorktown in 1781).

  • A great place to start understanding the impact of European presence in this region. As in all places that charge admission, ensure that you count your change. This place is a comfortable change of pace to exploring the rest of Georgetown. Penang. It is nestled in an area with the most green grass and foliage. The volunteer guide was excellent and knowledgeable about the site.

  • 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.

  • Now should you go there, you really need to hunt out Mandy the guide. She's got the knack of keeping you cool ( literally - she ensures you're all standing or sitting in shade) whilst regailing you facts and stories. She'll happy identify the key sites you should visit whilst in Penang - good tips!

  • The remains of Fort Cornwallis. A nice historic place to visit when in Penang. Nothing much but if you like history, this place is worth a visit.

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