Fort St. George

Fort St. George, Chennai: Address, Phone Number, Fort St. George Reviews: 3.5/5

Fort St. George
3.5
Historic Sites • Neighbourhoods
About
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.
Suggested duration
< 1 hour
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
Top ways to experience Fort St. George
Popular mentions

3.5
219 reviews
Excellent
43
Very good
82
Average
56
Poor
26
Terrible
12

Hooray H
London, UK2,255 contributions
Superb
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Andy_Bickley
Leeds, UK207 contributions
Interesting history, but lacking in facilities
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Dwightcr
Chapin, SC959 contributions
Historic and worth a visit for colonial history
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Mrudula
111 contributions
White Town
Aug 2019
Fort St.George is known as white town for it great white structure and depicts the british stronghold.
Written 23 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

aureliolorusso
ANDRIA ITALY1,037 contributions
nice museum
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

1777NT
Thirsk, UK329 contributions
Historicaslly this is possibly the main placer in Chennai - limited access, limited interest
Dec 2019
From the old Dutch East India Company or the English East India Company days, the Fort is possibly the main attraction, historically, in Chennai.
The Chennai City Council or Indian Government do not make a point of using this site as a 'cash cow' by attracting visitors, especially international visitors, very limited access to anything, very limited information, no 'tourist' facilities (restaurants, tourist information etc) in short a total waste of time locating it and trying to ascertain anything about it's former use.
Written 12 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Brian H
Orlando20 contributions
Interesting
Jan 2020
It was worth visiting if you are interested in learning more about the British in Chennai. Informative and some neat artifacts - but as one other reviewer said it is in need of TLC. See the 2nd floor - the painting room is amazing!
Written 8 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Wil Chung
Crewe, UK662 contributions
Interesting but needs a little tlc
Dec 2019 • Friends
As the first base for the British in India, Fort St George has a lot of history. This now fully working base does have a museum attached to it.
First of all to get in you need to show a passport/drivers licence. The museum is 300rs for foreigners and 50 for Indians. Interesting collection of a lot of military inspired memorabilia along with some India artefacts.
The most "interesting" room is the oil paintings of some.british royal family members - but do remember to look up and to the left.....

Not allowed to take photos inside the museum
Written 3 December 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Alan N
Crescent Head, Australia37 contributions
Extraordinary!
Oct 2019 • Friends
Sometimes travel throws up the strangest places and this museum is one of them. The most peculiar place. Faded exhibits of unremitting boredom. A desultory collection of tat. An enormous statue bunged into a stairwell. A porcelain and coin collection cobbled together in a lazy afternoon in the 1940s when someone had nothing better to do but didn't want to do this either. And guess what? Such a bizarre place. I'll be telling the story of our visit long after the nice places have been long forgotten. Seared on my memory.
Written 31 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

DJG_KAG
Wirral462 contributions
Interesting history
Feb 2019 • Couples
Small museum and interesting information about history of the Fort. Near to lovely church, also worth a visit.
Written 13 April 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Showing results 1-10 of 196
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Fort St. George

We recommend booking Fort St. George tours ahead of time to secure your spot. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel up to 24 hours before your tour starts for a full refund. See all 26 Fort St. George tours on Tripadvisor

According to Tripadvisor travellers, these are the best ways to experience Fort St. George: See all Fort St. George experiences on Tripadvisor