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Reviewed 15 March 2021 via mobile

Supposedly updated historical site left us with nothing but disappointment. A lot of sites were closed for upgrading works? Well, either way, the fort has got a great deal of history commemorating Sir Francis Light. However, the current management of the fort was unable to bring the history back to life, but instead brought the disappointment instead. More information or weapons of the past should be displayed. We paid to see the fort, not an empty garden.

Sir Francis Light would be livid.

Date of experience: December 2020
Thank Iverrence
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Reviewed 3 October 2020

To understand George Town's history a visit to Fort Cornwallis in the northeastern corner of the town makes sense. From a purely visual point of view one can easily leave out this sight, especially considering the rather steep entrance fee of 20 MYR. From the outside one can already appreciate the brick walls and from the coastal road the cannons of the northern rampart are visible.

To the west of the fort is a big lawn, called Esplanade or Padang in Malay, a parade ground for the often Indian soldiers at the fort, later a recreational ground. As in London's Hyde Park there is also a Speaker's Corner here.

Entrance to the fort is from the Swettenham Pier gate. With the ticket a leaflet with a map is given. Inside there are several trees and benches, information boards and old photographs, also an open air theater in concrete from the 1970's. Nearby can be found a café and a gallery-shop, as well as prayer rooms (surau) and toilets.

The different sights within the fort are to the right of the entrance a lighthouse and a flagstaff, to the left the Clocktower View Point. Several cannons are facing the sea with the most interesting of them being the big Seri Rambai Cannon, built at the beginning of the 17th century in Holland. Just behind it is a gunpowder room.

Before the closed Bridge Entrance is a statue of Captain Francis Light, the founder of Georgetown, who landed here in 1786. He had the first fort built here, but then as a timber stockade fort using Nibong palm trees. A few years later it was rebuilt in brick. Its name refers to the then Governor-General of India, Charles Marquess Cornwallis.

Since there were no pictures of Francis Light the statue was created using the features of his son, Colonel William Light, known as the founder of Adelaide. Going south from the statue one comes to the chapel, the prison and storerooms or bunker gallery. This whole part was closed off, when I visited, due to restoration works, which also include the reconstruction of the moat that once surrounded the fort.

Date of experience: November 2019
1  Thank saronic
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Reviewed 15 August 2020

It was closed - don't know how long - and surrounded by screening. Managed to catch a glimpse standing on a wall.

Date of experience: August 2020
Thank Harrison-F-Carter
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Reviewed 14 March 2020 via mobile

Not what I was expecting. There were major building works going on at the rear. Apart from the handout guide no other informative information. No access to lighthouse. Unless you are in the area, I would not go out of my way to make the effort to get here - especially on a hot sunny day.

Date of experience: March 2020
Thank Brian S
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Reviewed 14 March 2020 via mobile

Not much to see and very little information offered. Even the canons were from different time frame. It was overpriced and you can’t tell that it not worth the investment in time and money until you get inside.

Date of experience: March 2020
Thank T8505JRjohnb
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