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clock-o2 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Immerse yourself in the colonial history of Singapore on this walking tour of the city’s colonial landmarks with a knowledgeable guide. While you learn about Singapore’s era as a British colony after Sir Stamford Raffles arrived here in the 1800s and the lingering British influence, you’ll visit the Supreme Court (and its viewing deck), St Andrew’s Cathedral, and CHIJMES, all of which are within walking distance of each other in the downtown area, near Fort Canning Park.
  • Singapore Colonial District Walking Tour
  • Learn about the influence of British colonialism on modern-day Singapore
  • Enjoy spectacular views of Singapore from the viewing deck of the Supreme Court
  • Visit Saint Andrew's Cathedral, designed by George Coleman
  • Trace the history of the Armenian Diaspora at the Armenian Church, the oldest church in Singapore
  • Hear the fascinating tales of French missionaries at the CHIJMES building
Your walking tour starts near City Hall, where you’ll meet your guide, a Singapore history buff with plenty of interesting information to share about the period of time when Singapore was a colony of Great Britain, beginning in the early 1800s when British officer Stamford Raffles arrived and ‘founded’ modern-day Singapore. This fusion of Eastern and Western influences led to the fascinating, culturally rich destination that Singapore is today.
With your guide, begin your tour at the Supreme Court of Singapore, where you’ll visit the viewing deck for a nice photo op of the city. Then head down the street to St Andrew’s Cathedral, an Anglican church founded in the mid-1800s as a place of worship for British officials. It was also used to take care of wounded victims of the Battle of Singapore during the Japanese invasion in World War II.
Next, visit the Armenian Church, Singapore’s oldest Christian church, to learn a bit about the city’s Armenian community and admire the church’s architecture. Continue to a third religious landmark, CHIJMES, a Gothic-style Catholic convent turned shopping, dining and entertainment complex that dates back to the 1840s.
When you tour ends, you are free to continue exploring on your own.

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G
, Mar 2018

Very informative . Excellent guide very pleasant and helpful. We had a lovely morning with Carol who gave us lots of facts on Singapore history. Would recommend this to anyone with a free morning to spare

L
, Feb 2018

You got the date of departure wrong - I arrived at the departure point to find no-one was there! On ringing the local office I was advised that the tour was departing on 7th not 5th!

I reconfirmed details by email before I left home - as you Can see from the above advice, you still have the date w

K
, Oct 2017

We had the best time! Great value!!! And met the most amazing people from Germany and all over Pleeease contact me again with your address - I misplaced the coaster from the Raffles Hotel drinkies session. I'll keep looking though..

B
, Oct 2017

Interesting.No picture rule for the top of Singapore view was a turnoff.Nice lady giving the tour .Raffles needed more description and explanation.

L
, Aug 2017

After many years and several trips to Singapore it was a wonderful experience to learn the history and facts of the buildings and areas that I had seen many times in passing. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and passionate and made the tour fun.

A
, Jul 2017

Great tour about some of the history of Singapore as the city developed from a fishing village to the high rise city it is today. She also shared information about how the city is run today, e.g. court system. The tour guide, Wei Wei, was excellent. She had an unbelievable set of facts and dates in her knowledge base that she shared freely. She was always conscientious of our physical placement, e.g. in shade, to keep us a cool as possible. I would recommend the tour.

p
, May 2016

I was very lucky as our guide Carol and my group were all happy to take extra time and so we had a long tour full of interesting information and places.

w
, May 2016

Informative and well presented. Perhaps could have been a touch more interactive.

r
, May 2016

We expected more history but perhaps Singapore has demolished most of the traces of colonialism to make way for new high rises.

d
, Mar 2016

Excellent guide, great tour. It was well paced with plenty of stops which were also opportunities to tell more stories about the people, history and buildings. The guide had an excellent knowledge of history and was also someone who could tell a great story. The visit to the top of the new Supreme Court was a highlight.


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