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Leboh Light, George Town, Penang Island, Malaysia
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Went to visit this site but it currently has temporary fencing around the entrance and the perimeter. There also appears to be some major works being undertaken.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Tony W
Reviewed 4 days ago

Captain Light who took Penang Island in 1786 built the original fort and the British East India Company completed it in 1820. Its name was derived from the Governor General of India. Charles Cornwallis around 1786 who by the way was the British Army General...More

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank Oldjack
Reviewed 6 days ago

We had been advised by friends of our travelling companion to not bother visiting this Fort. Thankfully, we decided to ignore this advise and went inside. Truthfully, there is not a huge amount to see inside, but we lucked onto a tour. Our guide (a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank SusanM801
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was really excited to visit but extremely disappointed - the place no had signboards even to the entrance, inside was quite bare with no real “attraction” to look at. If you had RM10 & sole time to waste then OK to visit - otherwise skip...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 883muraliv
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took a 45 minute tour of the fort with the lovely Miss Molly. She was very entertaining, knowledgeable and took a very nice picture or two of all of us. A pleasant experience.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 49donlj
Reviewed 1 week ago

Take the tour or at least do your own research before you visit as there is little information posted inside the fort to tell you the history. But history there is and the colonial & Peranakan past comes to life during the enthusiastic tour. As...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank pakabay
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were unsure whether to go to Fort Cornwallis after seeing the reviews and initially we were disappointed, there isn’t much to see really !! However after joining a tour with Molly our impression of the Fort changed because she really brought it to life,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank S2282WDkarens
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

there is not much to see here apart from an expanse of grass on low level ramparts, and a few ild cannons, there are some interesting old pictures dotted around of views of the area from the early days but apart from that theres not...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Stephen161
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There was so little to see we thought it was a joke. The joke was on us! Might be worth visiting once the renovations are complete but at the moment it is a total waste of money. Wish I'd read the 'Fort Nothing' review before...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Jake D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a missed opportunity for the Penang Government and Unesco, a World Heritage sight prostituted.This site offers nothing a glimpse of what was 4 walls a few rusted guns facing the ocean, information signs that are almost unreadable and the photos equally as bad. To...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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28 February 2017|
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Response from nezar k | Reviewed this property |
the fort is located in the historical part of George town near the jetty bus station which is the main bus station in penang and which you can reach it from almost everywhere in penang
20 June 2016|
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Response from Phill B | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I can't give you any indication of tourist volume to the fort. I would assume that it would be fairly high due to its prominent location in the UNESCO Heritage area. Seems to be an odd question coming from a resident? More