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  • Address: Padang Kota Lama, Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah, Penang 10200, Malaysia

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Fort Cornwallis

When Captain Francis Light landed on this spot in 1786 and took the island from the Sultan he built a wooden fort, Fort Cornwallis, to defend it against the French, Kedah and pirates during the Napoleonic Wars.

Rebuilt in 1808 using Indian convict labour it is the largest and most intact fort in Malaysia. Once protected by a great moat this was filled in after a malaria outbreak in the 1920s.

The famous great cannons guarding Fort Cornwallis date back as far as the 17th century.

Practical Info

On the edge of water on Jalan T. S. S. Barakbah (off Lebuh Light), Fort Cornwallis can easily be reached on foot from central Georgetown.

Grass Lawns and park areas nearby along the esplanade offer a popular spot to picnic and cool off with ice cream in the shade.

Tours & Tickets

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Private Georgetown Sightseeing Tour, Penang, null

Private Georgetown Sightseeing Tour

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Take a scenic drive by private car through historical Georgetown, the capital city of Penang, now protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On this private ...  Read more

Location: Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $53.75
Private Tour: Penang City Highlights, Penang, Historical & Heritage Tours

Private Tour: Penang City Highlights

View Fort Cornwallis, the largest standing fort in Malaysia. Visit Chew Jetty, the original early Chinese settlement with stilted homes. Admire the intricate ...  Read more

Location: George Town, Malaysia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $54.00
Penang Highlights by Trishaw from George Town, Penang, Private Sightseeing Tours

Penang Highlights by Trishaw from George Town

Beca, also called the Trishaw, has become a favorite for visitors as well as locals who love to take a ride around Penang's charming hot spots. This tour will ...  Read more

Location: George Town, Malaysia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $37.50

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