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Fort Cornwallis

Fort Cornwallis lies on the coast of Penang, Malaysia. This is the largest standing fort in the entire country, and was named after Charles Cornwallis, the late Governor General of Bengal. Fort Cornwallis is a unique, star-shaped fort that has never witnessed any wartime action. Originally intended to protect the city from pirates and the Sultan of Kedah, the fort eventually served administrative functions. Today, the fort stands as an Ancient Monument and Historic Site, making it a popular tourist destination for a peek into Malaysia’s colonial past.

  • Several old cannons adorn the walls of Fort Cornwallis, the largest being Seri Rambai Cannon, which was originally gifted to the Sultan of Johore by the Dutch, before the British seized the artefact and placed it in the fort.
  • With a huge roof and buttressed structure typical of the magazines of the colonial era, the gunpowder magazine is the oldest surviving colonial roofed structure in Penang.
  • Local Penang guides in period costumes provide tours of Fort Cornwallis to view the large bronze statue of Captain Light whilst the 1812 Overture plays in the background.

Fort Cornwallis is located in Padang Kota Lama in Georgetown, Penang. It lies on the northeastern coast, and can be reached most conveniently by a taxi or car. Bus services from Kuala Lampur to Penang are available, with numbers 4, 7, 10 and several others stopping by the fort. There is ample parking at Fort Cornwallis, however, many tourists enjoy exploring the fort on a traditional trishaw ride. Arriving by trishaw offers not only a novel experience, but is also a great way to take in the sights along the route. The fort is within walking distance from the Esplanade.

Hotels near Fort Cornwallis

53 hotels near Fort Cornwallis

1 Eastern and Oriental Hotel Penang

5 stars
4.7 / 5 26 reviews

10, Lebuh Farquhar Georgetown Map

Eastern and Oriental Hotel invites leisure and corporate travellers to luxurious accommodations set right in the centre of Georgetown, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From this all-suite hotel,... More

2 Museum Hotel

4 stars
4.7 / 5 3 reviews

No 72 Jalan A.S.Mansor Map

Housed in a restored historic building, Museum Hotel Penang invites travellers to a cosy boutique-style retreat with a private museum set in the heart of this heritage-rich city in Penang. While in... More

3 Bayview Hotel Georgetown Penang

4 stars
4.0 / 5 60 reviews

25-A Farquhar Street Map

Bayview Hotel Georgetown Penang welcomes business and leisure travellers with attentive service and comfortable accommodations set in a warm and inviting surroundings. The stylish hotel offers... More

4 23 Lovelane Penang

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

23, Love Lane Map

This quaint and charming 10 rooms property is situated in the heart of Georgetown Penang and was originally a private residence owned by European and local family. Facilities and amenities includes... More

5 Armenian Street Heritage Hotel

3 stars
Not yet reviewed

No 139, Lebuh Carnavon Map

Staying true to our unique no frills concept, we provide you a good nights sleep at outstanding value. Our hotels come with high quality beds, power showers, 24-hour security system, and are... More

6 Yeng Keng Hotel

4 stars
4.4 / 5 5 reviews

362, Chulia Street Map

Housed in a 19th-century abode in the UNESCO World Heritage Site city of George Town, Yeng Keng Hotel is a boutique heritage sanctuary offering contemporary facilities and central location.... More

7 Hotel Penaga

4 stars
4.6 / 5 8 reviews

Corner of Jalan Hutton & Lebuh Clarke Map

Hotel Penaga invites travellers to a historic boutique-style retreat equipped with modern comforts conveniently set in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city. This tastefully decorated... More

8 The Blue Mansion by Samadhi Retreats

4 stars
3.0 / 5 1 reviews

14, Leith Street Map

Located in the heart of Georgetown, The Blue Mansion's 18 rooms are each individually themed and distinctively grouped into 6 categories - Han, Liang, Zhou, Jin, Tang and 50's. The rooms are... More

9 Deluxcious Heritage Hotel

4 stars
2.0 / 5 1 reviews

15, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah Map

Strategically located in Georgetown, Deluxcious Heritage Hotel is a late 19-Century Colonial-style house that has been tastefully decorated and furnished. All18 rooms property have complimentary... More

10 Campbell House Penang

4 stars
5.0 / 5

NO.106, Lebuh Campbell Map

Offering chic accommodations in a central location, Campbell House Penang makes for an ideal base for travellers visiting Penang. This boutique heritage hotel features inviting atmosphere and local... More