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Galle Fort Walking Tour with Juliet Coombe -Day Tour

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Galle Fort Walking Tour with Juliet Coombe -Day Tour
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JennyWandP wrote a review May 2017
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia98 contributions66 helpful votes
Juliet provides wonderful insights into life and the characters in the Galle Fort. Having lived there for many years both her walking tours and books reveal the stories of times past and present with humour, sensitivity and intrigue.
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Date of experience: May 2017
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Stevelynnria wrote a review Jan 2017
Brierley Hill, United Kingdom94 contributions37 helpful votes
Spent just 1 how're at this location has we were passing by but I loved the narrow rads full of Jewellery shops Resturonts and more ,walking on the walls round the fort the blue sea and atmosphere this is a place not to miss
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Date of experience: November 2016
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davidN2937XT wrote a review Apr 2016
Bideford, United Kingdom5 contributions13 helpful votes
Juliet Coombe’s Galle walks are probably very good, but we never got the chance to find out. We turned up for our pre-arranged walk, only to find the Juliet wasn’t available, and she had sent someone else in her place. Her replacement was understood to be someone who worked for her, but we later found out that this was not the case. We were looking forward to Juliet’s 3-hour walk, especially the “maze of hidden backstreets, revealing secret unknown spots, extravagant 18th century merchant houses complete with ostentatious gold bedrooms, lavish pools and characters akin to Hemmingway”. As a tour guide myself, I know the experience is much better with someone who had researched and written about it themselves. What we got, was a 90-minute overview walk around the walls and a cup of tea at the end. Enjoyable though this was, we didn't get much history that we hadn’t already pre-read, and the tour didn’t go into the fort interior at all, so we experienced none of these promised delights. Over 3 weeks later, all we have had from Juliet is an offer to do this walk next time we return to Galle. We live in the UK, and to fly halfway round the world for a free walk that we paid for anyway, wasn’t a great offer. Our tour company were also so unimpressed by this, that they refunded us themselves. If you are thinking of booking this walk, make sure you get what you paid for, and don't get short-changed or fobbed off like we did.
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Date of experience: April 2016
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Ian A wrote a review Feb 2016
Oxted, United Kingdom9 contributions4 helpful votes
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Galle Fort is interesting to wander around (with some great shops) but Juliet brings it to life with a series of fascinating stories about the development of the Fort and the people who live and have lived there. Well worth the time - do it early and you will know where to go back to.
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Date of experience: January 2016
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Alexb01 wrote a review Aug 2015
London, United Kingdom8 contributions3 helpful votes
Having read about Juliet's walking tour in our guide book we visited the serendipity arts cafe to find out more and I'm so pleased we did :)! From start to finish the tour was great. Juliet's unique knowledge of Galle really brought everything to life. From history to modern day Galle the tour was fascinating, covering a lot and including explanations in various museums & buildings of interest. I'm so glad we were able to join one of Juliet's tours, our time in Galle simply wouldn't have been the same if we hadn't. Can't recommend enough to anyone visiting Galle.
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Date of experience: August 2015
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