Fort St. George
Fort St. George
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A testament to the earliest English rule in the country, this was the first fortress in India built in 1644. The fort houses St. Mary’s Church, the oldest Anglican church in the country, a museum and Wellesley House, named after Richard Wellesley, governor general of India. Until recently the fort complex served as housing for the government; now certain areas are open to public.
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  • Baggywrinkle75
    Norfolk, United Kingdom152 contributions
    Lots of history here, St Mary's has incredible memorials
    For those history buffs this is a must see. Muck of Britain's involvement in India can be seen in this place, lots of background the the East India Company which had the words biggest private army and trade block in its time. St Mary's is chock full of memorials to those who lived, served and died here. Some very tragic one with regards the wives of those who were here. Beware: Entrance is now by an online ticket. My driver used his phone to buy and I reimbursed him. I'm guessing this is due to security in the area as a large part of the fort is still in use by the military as well as locl Govt.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 3 February 2023
  • Cam_6824
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia23 contributions
    Colonial history at its best
    Minimal access is given to the greater fort area accept to the small museum. This is because the government is literally functioning within the other buildings. There is no separate access at the security gate for a museum only visit, but feel free to push to the head of the queue with some ID to sign in. Fascinating exhibits inside the museum in forlorn conditions. The entire site of the fort is a museum in itself but tragically is not treated as such. Similar to the situation at the government museum.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 25 March 2023
  • Laya Balakrishnan
    Chennai (Madras), India8 contributions
    Time Travel Through History: Exploring the Treasures of Fort St. George Museum in Chennai
    The Fort St. George Museum, nestled in Chennai, is a historical marvel waiting to be explored. Founded in 1644, it stands as a living testament to the British East India Company's colonial influence in India. The fort's architecture, a blend of British and Indian styles, is a sight to behold, with its sturdy bastions and imposing ramparts. The museum houses a trove of colonial artifacts, from vintage weaponry to rare coins, offering a mesmerizing journey into the past. A hidden gem for history enthusiasts, it's worth a visit, especially if you seek a less crowded, immersive historical experience. Conveniently, the Fort St. George Museum offers ample parking in an open ground just across the road. Entry is hassle-free through a QR code scan at the main entrance, with a nominal INR 20 fee for adults. Enjoy a seamless visit!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 October 2023
  • Dad2old
    Kolkata (Calcutta), India3 contributions
    St Mary’s made it all worthwhile
    St Mary’ Church deserves five stars, but we could not enter the museum as you have to pay online Rs 300 pp for foreigners vs Rs 25 pp local BUT you have to pay online after scanning a QR code. My UK phone on mobile data never got past the ‘loading’ so we were barred from entry, so the museum deserves zero stars. Also security is tight entering the fort area and they demand a passport or picture thereof. My UK driving licence proved acceptable so that was fine and the area is tidy, the buildings interesting and the people friendly and helpful. St Mary’s alone made the trip worthwhile. The memorials to so many who died far from home, and sometimes in places like Burma and Penang, most going back to the 18th century. Thought provoking.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 November 2023
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Dad2old
Kolkata (Calcutta), India3 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
St Mary’ Church deserves five stars, but we could not enter the museum as you have to pay online Rs 300 pp for foreigners vs Rs 25 pp local BUT you have to pay online after scanning a QR code. My UK phone on mobile data never got past the ‘loading’ so we were barred from entry, so the museum deserves zero stars. Also security is tight entering the fort area and they demand a passport or picture thereof. My UK driving licence proved acceptable so that was fine and the area is tidy, the buildings interesting and the people friendly and helpful. St Mary’s alone made the trip worthwhile. The memorials to so many who died far from home, and sometimes in places like Burma and Penang, most going back to the 18th century. Thought provoking.
Written 11 November 2023
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Laya Balakrishnan
Chennai (Madras), India8 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
The Fort St. George Museum, nestled in Chennai, is a historical marvel waiting to be explored. Founded in 1644, it stands as a living testament to the British East India Company's colonial influence in India. The fort's architecture, a blend of British and Indian styles, is a sight to behold, with its sturdy bastions and imposing ramparts. The museum houses a trove of colonial artifacts, from vintage weaponry to rare coins, offering a mesmerizing journey into the past. A hidden gem for history enthusiasts, it's worth a visit, especially if you seek a less crowded, immersive historical experience.

Conveniently, the Fort St. George Museum offers ample parking in an open ground just across the road. Entry is hassle-free through a QR code scan at the main entrance, with a nominal INR 20 fee for adults. Enjoy a seamless visit!
Written 31 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Cam_6824
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia23 contributions
Mar 2023 • Solo
Minimal access is given to the greater fort area accept to the small museum. This is because the government is literally functioning within the other buildings. There is no separate access at the security gate for a museum only visit, but feel free to push to the head of the queue with some ID to sign in. Fascinating exhibits inside the museum in forlorn conditions. The entire site of the fort is a museum in itself but tragically is not treated as such. Similar to the situation at the government museum.
Written 25 March 2023
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Baggywrinkle75
Norfolk, UK152 contributions
Feb 2023
For those history buffs this is a must see. Muck of Britain's involvement in India can be seen in this place, lots of background the the East India Company which had the words biggest private army and trade block in its time.

St Mary's is chock full of memorials to those who lived, served and died here. Some very tragic one with regards the wives of those who were here.

Beware: Entrance is now by an online ticket. My driver used his phone to buy and I reimbursed him. I'm guessing this is due to security in the area as a large part of the fort is still in use by the military as well as locl Govt.
Written 4 February 2023
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Richard G
Melbourne, Australia3 contributions
Aug 2022
I wandered around there in the late 1970s when it was mainly Government Offices. At that time I was not aware that a Ggreat XXX Uncle, William Anderson, was a British Army Private there, in 1837. In the 45 Regiment.
Wonderful old Buidings and nice to see some history preserved.
Written 27 August 2022
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Hooray H
London, UK2,257 contributions
Dec 2019
At least they are maintaining a bit of very important History.
Located in a secure Government area so your driver has to wait outside, if you have one.
One of the first British Forts in India & played a very important role in the Colonial rule.
The museum is closed one day a week, so do check.
Behind it is a local cafe & a nice little shop selling all kinds of cotton products at ridiculously low prices.
Written 27 April 2020
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Andy_Bickley
Leeds, UK207 contributions
Feb 2020
You have to get through government security to get into the place. It contains some interesting things relating to the early history of the East India Company. You have to go out into the civil service areas to get a tea or find a toilet
Written 20 February 2020
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Dwightcr
Chapin, SC1,044 contributions
Jan 2020
This fort built for colonial administration and defense of Madras. It was the first English fortress in India, founded in 1644. It now includes state administration, a informative museum and a very old historic church.
Written 4 February 2020
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Mrudula
111 contributions
Aug 2019
Fort St.George is known as white town for it great white structure and depicts the british stronghold.
Written 23 January 2020
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AURELIO L
ANDRIA ITALY1,108 contributions
Dec 2019
if you are interested in colonial history don t miss this museum,it s a nice museum about british colonial history
Written 18 January 2020
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