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Address: St. George Street, Chennai (Madras), India
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+91 44 2567 0136
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
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A testament to the earliest English rule in the country, this was the first...

A testament to the earliest English rule in the country, this was the first fortress in India built in 1644. The fort houses St. Mary’s Church, the oldest Anglican church in the country, a museum and Wellesley House, named after Richard Wellesley, governor general of India. Until recently the fort complex served as housing for the government; now certain areas are open to public.

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The first fort the British built in India

Fort St. George is an interesting complex of brick buildings, the construction of which was begun in 1640 by the British. The fort currently houses units of the Indian... read more

Reviewed 19 April 2017
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Fort St. George is actually the assembly of Tamil Nadu,There is a meuseum which has some beautiful paintings,sculptures, it is worth seeing. A church is also worth seeing,There is a house where Robert Clive had stayed.It is the first fort that English had built.

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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed 19 April 2017

Fort St. George is an interesting complex of brick buildings, the construction of which was begun in 1640 by the British. The fort currently houses units of the Indian army. The museum, the only building open to the public, has a collection of historical documents, munitions, clothing, porcelain, and so on. It has a model of the fort, as well... More 

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Chennai (Madras), India
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Reviewed 28 March 2017

do visit the area of fort st george in chennai. the major buildings are with the govt and the indian army , but a walk around this busy place will surely take you back in time. if you can make sure you come here on a saturday or a sunday , thats when the state govt offices are closed.

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Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

This was the British East India Company premises, finished in 1653. Inside the perimeter walls of the area are housed the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly & Secretariat. To enter is through strict security & 'pat down'. Then you have to avoid the numerous official cars driving around & parked everywhere. Beware of Indian driving skills. .

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Russellville, Alabama
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

Part of a tour and really not worth a visit. Old, dusty. Felt stop was just a time filler. I think they do not allow photos so no one has proof how bad it is.

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Hove, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

There is really nothing to see in this poor excuse for a museum, besides some large but poorly lit portraits of British royalty and dignitaries. The most entertaining aspect of my expensive (200 rupee) visit was seeing a crowd of jolly schoolchildren descending the stairs to the lobby, no doubt relieved to be on the way out. Save your money... More 

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Chennai (Madras), India
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

Built by Britishers just opposite to the Chennai Port, from where Britishers governed. At present, the Tamilnadu Legislative Assembly functioning from the Fort. This also houses a museum which is opened to general public.

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Fuerth, Germany
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Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

The fort isn't in a good condition. The Museum is also not really worth to visit. Entrance cost 200 rupies for tourists 15 R for locals.

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 25 February 2017

A Fort that is not a Fort; no photographs allowed of boring interior; this is history for idiots; read a little before you visit Chennai so you don't have to waste your time here. We had no choice (Group Travel).

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 25 February 2017

Neither auto nor OLA seems to know where it is...however, after spending so many minutes under the hot sun, arguing, showing the pictures, and generally getting really frustrated and sweaty, there is not much to do inside the security check. Just a forlorn museum with a hefty foreign charge of 250rs and a bunch of working bureaucrats.

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