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  • Ashfield531
    Ringwood, United Kingdom1,026 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Substantial building but not worth the entry cost
    If you visit on a cruise ship then this is right near your exit and you get a good idea of the building from the outside. It costs too much to enter as there is not a lot to see. You can offset part of the entry cost as a voucher for a drink from one of the cafes inside.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 May 2023
  • Haytham Abu Firas
    Qatar14,440 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Penang City Tour
    Fort Cornwallis is a bastion fort in George Town, Penang, Malaysia, built in the late 18th century. Named after the then Earl Cornwallis (1738–1805), the Governor-General of Bengal at the time of the fort's construction, it is the largest standing fort in Malaysia. The fort never engaged in combat during its operational history.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 September 2023
  • marysteven
    Huddersfield, United Kingdom50 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Moving the goal posts.
    This is the 3rd time I’ve been here but spread over a time span of about 18 years. It has changed a little bit from my first visit however some of the changes are puzzling. There is a row of concrete rooms easily evident to the left of the entrance. These rooms are labelled on the building itself and the tour map brochures as store rooms. Strange!! When I first came here about 18years ago they were prison cells with ‘ manikins’ inside shackled to the walls and handcuffed. So were they guessing about the building? Are they guessing again? Lots of cannons around but not really much else. Disappointing.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 January 2024
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marysteven
Huddersfield, UK50 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
This is the 3rd time I’ve been here but spread over a time span of about 18 years. It has changed a little bit from my first visit however some of the changes are puzzling. There is a row of concrete rooms easily evident to the left of the entrance. These rooms are labelled on the building itself and the tour map brochures as store rooms. Strange!! When I first came here about 18years ago they were prison cells with ‘ manikins’ inside shackled to the walls and handcuffed. So were they guessing about the building? Are they guessing again? Lots of cannons around but not really much else. Disappointing.
Written 1 February 2024
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Haytham Abu Firas
Qatar14,440 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Fort Cornwallis is a bastion fort in George Town, Penang, Malaysia, built in the late 18th century. Named after the then Earl Cornwallis (1738–1805), the Governor-General of Bengal at the time of the fort's construction, it is the largest standing fort in Malaysia. The fort never engaged in combat during its operational history.
Written 20 September 2023
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JAC
30 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Worth a look as part of touring the city and understanding the history of Penang. Only need around 45 mins to look around and was about £12 for family of including a drink (beer or water)
Written 31 July 2023
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lbyrne99
Dublin, Ireland326 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Tour was ok . First part a bit boring not much to see but good to get the history of British arriving . You definitely need to do the tour . Nice view out over port too
Written 5 July 2023
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Ashfield531
Ringwood, UK1,026 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
If you visit on a cruise ship then this is right near your exit and you get a good idea of the building from the outside. It costs too much to enter as there is not a lot to see. You can offset part of the entry cost as a voucher for a drink from one of the cafes inside.
Written 2 May 2023
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Gilbertobland
London, UK56 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Very boring experience which we had to pay for.
Nothing but an unkept open space within a fort with a few cannons, a few signs explaining the same thing and many food vans.
Shame because this could have so much more potential.

You also get a free water or beer with your ticket - not sure why beer?
Written 1 April 2023
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Shallow Tree
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Friends
There isn’t really anything to see in this place. Like, I like history but there isn’t really much inside. Locals have to pay RM10 while foreigners pay RM20. Inside there were only cafes and like rooms and some machineries that were used during the war and not much really.
Written 11 February 2023
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Greg S
Perth, Australia32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Free guided tours are included with the admission price (10RM) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (at 10, 12, 2 and 4). And, for us, the guided tour definitely made the visit worthwhile! Our guide (Elaine) provided a lot of detail about the Fort which was not available from the signs alone - the highlight being the story behind the Portuguese cannon made in 1603 which is at the Fort (see picture).

The admission price also includes a 10RM voucher to use at stores within the Fort, which we used to buy a refreshing drink after the guided tour. Overall, we thought the admission price was fair and we definitely enjoyed the experience. Plus the views from the ramparts are nice and others have mentioned.
Written 15 January 2023
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Deb L
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
We came to see the fort to learn a little about the local history. Unfortunately the signs were in such bad shape you barely can read it or see the faded photo from the past. With very little investment to put up new signs it would at least justify the steep cost to visit. It seems that the admission is for them to do light gardening inside the fort. Other than seeing old canons, I would skip this.
Written 12 December 2022
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eddiechua
Singapore, Singapore45 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
Really nothing to see. Have to pay Rm 10 to enter. Went there with my wife. Hope to see something interesting but quite disappointed. The sheds were empty. Few very old and rusted cannons on display. A few trailers bus selling foods. Was there on a Sunday morning and you can count the No of visitors with your fingers. Finished the visit in 20 mins.
Written 14 November 2022
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