Fort Cornwallis

Location: Penang

Location Info

Address: Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia
Office Number: +604 2643 494

District » Georgetown


One of the important landmarks in Penang Island is undoubtedly the Fort Cornwallis. Fort Cornwallis is located in the north eastern side of Penang Island, in Georgetown, the city centre of Penang. The fort is located on the edge of Central Georgetown, on Jalan T.S.S Barakbah off a street named Lebuh Light. It is situated near to Esplanade, right next to the Victoria Memorial Clock.


Fort Cornwallis is one of the first European structures constructed in Penang. The fort walls have a rough height of 10 feet and it is laid out in a star like formation. It was built on the site where the historical Francis Light landed in the year of 1786. Originally, the fort was made out of a stockade by the trunks of nibong palms. Later, it was built up and the materials were replaced with bricks and stones. Fort Cornwallis was gazetted in the year of 1977 as an ancient monument that contributes to the historical side of Penang. The fort was designed by Francis Light as a protective barrier from the French attacks, and also from Kedah and the pirates.

There are a number of cannons around in the fort including the Sri Rambai Cannon. Legend has it that women can improve their fertility by placing flowers on the barrel of the cannon. There is also a statue of Captain Francis Light in the entrance of the fort. A number of cell rooms were built and now they have been converted as galleries to display artifacts and related exhibits. There is also a gift shop where you can purchase souvenirs and cafe to dine in or take away. Furthermore, you can ask for a guidance tour to help paint a clearer picture on the legend and history of this spectacular site.

Penang hotels are all providing a satisfying experience of accommodations to visitors. There are a few hotels that are located near to Fort Cornwallis. They are Bayview Hotel Georgetown Penang, Eastern and Oriental Hotel Penang (E&O Hotel) and Cititel Hotel Penang. Do remember to make reservations and ask for latest rates beforehand. For all shopaholics, you can go explore the shopping malls in Penang as all of them offer uncountable brands outlets. Popular shopping malls in Penang are Gurney Plaza and definitely, Queensbay Mall The largest mall standing in Penang.


There are a few buses that stop by Fort Cornwallis. They are Rapid Penang Bus with the numbers U102, U104, U105 and U204. You can also hail a taxi to reach Fort Cornwallis. You can take a trishaw ride to reach Fort Cornwallis too while sightseeing on the way.