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Fort St. George

Spot impressive architecture and admire displays of British Raj artifacts as you explore this 17th-century citadel, one of Chennai’s finest colonial monuments.

Get an interesting insight into the British colonial years of Chennai and India at Fort St. George. Visit historical buildings, including an Anglican church, while you stroll around the fort’s grounds. See exhibitions of relics that highlight the lifestyle of British rulers. Established in 1644, Fort St. George is one of India’s oldest British-built monuments. Once the headquarters of the East India Company, today it is home to a museum, historic landmarks and government offices.

A major highlight of the fort is the Fort Museum. Here, 10 well-presented galleries portray the British high standard of living and the trading influence of the East India Company. See displays of military uniforms, ceremonial outfits and medals awarded to soldiers who fought in the Indian sub-continent wars. Check out the portraits of King George III, Queen Victoria and Sir Arthur Havelock, among other royalty and esteemed figures.

Don’t miss the museum’s scale model of how the fort looked in the 19th century and a diagram of its evolution. Discover a collection of centuries-old British, Danish, Dutch and Portuguese coins. Find Indo-French clocks, furniture, porcelain and stamps. The French briefly occupied the fort in the mid-1700s.

Go to the graceful St. Mary’s Church, which dates back to 1678 and is one of the earliest Anglican churches built in India. Step inside to see commemorative inscriptions, intricate wooden furnishings and a painting of the Last Supper. Don’t miss the fort’s striking main building, characterized by grand columns and arcades. It houses the Tamil Nadu secretariat and legislative assembly, which are closed to the general public.

The fort is about a 10-minute drive from both Chennai’s city center and the George Town neighborhood. Get here via an affordable taxi or auto-rickshaw. Alternatively catch a train to Chennai Fort Railway Station.

Fort St. George is open daily and there’s an admission fee. An admission fee is also applicable for the museum, which is open from Saturday to Thursday. The church is open daily, except for Sunday. After visiting the fort you might want to stroll along Kamarajar Promenade, which frames the lively Marina Beach.

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Taj Club House ¥7,876
Taj Club House

Taj Club House

No 2 Club House Road, Off Mount Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Chennai hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Spencer's Plaza Shopping Mall and Consulate General of the United States, Chennai. Marina Beach and Fort St. George are also within 3 mi (5 km). LIC Metro Station is 7 minutes by foot and Chennai Chintadripet Station is 25 minutes.

    Taj Connemara ¥9,847
    Taj Connemara

    Taj Connemara

    Binny Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Central Chennai, this luxury hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Consulate General of the United States, Chennai and within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Madras and Marina Beach. St. Mary's Church and Madras High Court are also within 3 mi (5 km). LIC Metro Station is 7 minutes by foot and Chennai Egmore Station is 23 minutes.

      OYO 11437 GMT Centre
      OYO 11437 GMT Centre

      OYO 11437 GMT Centre

      9, Memorial Hall Road, Park Town, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Central Chennai, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ripon Building and Fort St. George. Marina Beach is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away. Chennai Central Station is 6 minutes by foot and Chennai Fort Station is 9 minutes.

        Mint towers (Guest House)
        Mint towers (Guest House)

        Mint towers (Guest House)

        278 Mint St, Chennai, TN
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Central Chennai, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ripon Building and Fort St. George. Marina Beach is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) away. Chennai Central Station is 9 minutes by foot and Moore Market Complex Train Station is 11 minutes.

          Ulo Akash Inn
          Ulo Akash Inn

          Ulo Akash Inn

          No 1, Thanja Murugappa Chetty Street, Near central railway station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Central Chennai, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Madras High Court, Marina Beach, and M.A. Chidambaram Stadium. Raja Muthiah Hall and British High Commission of Chennai are also within 3 mi (5 km). Chennai Central Station is only a 3-minute walk and Moore Market Complex Train Station is 5 minutes.

            Capital O 8145 Emarald Hotel
            Capital O 8145 Emarald Hotel

            Capital O 8145 Emarald Hotel

            Plot No. 22 Poonamallee High Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Central Chennai, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ripon Building and Fort St. George. Marina Beach and Consulate General of the United States, Chennai are also within 3 mi (5 km). Chennai Central Station is only a 2-minute walk and Moore Market Complex Train Station is 2 minutes.

              Hotel Santhi Bhavan ¥2,317
              Hotel Santhi Bhavan

              Hotel Santhi Bhavan

              138 Wall Tax Rd, Chennai, TN
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Central Chennai, this hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Ripon Building and within 3 mi (5 km) of Marina Beach and Fort St. George. Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and Armenian Church are also within 1 mi (2 km). Chennai Central Station is only a 5-minute walk and Moore Market Complex Train Station is 8 minutes.

                SURBHI MANSION
                SURBHI MANSION

                SURBHI MANSION

                155 Govindappa Naicken St, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Central Chennai, this bed & breakfast is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Armenian Church and within 3 mi (5 km) of Marina Beach and Fort St. George. Madras High Court and Ripon Building are also within 1 mi (2 km). Mannadi Metro Station is 12 minutes by foot and Chennai Fort Station is 15 minutes.