About Fort, St. George

A distinguished example of British military architecture dating back to the 17th century, Fort St. George receives huge tourist traffic all year round. Perched on the bank of Bay of Bengal, Fort St. George transports visitors back to the era of colonial rule. It is representative of that glorious chapter of the history of Chennai which was added in the year 1644. Considered to be the first establishment of the British in India, the fort is one of the noteworthy ancient monuments in Chennai. St. George Fort is home to a number of remarkable monuments within its boundaries. The fort has the 150 feet tall flagstaff which is entirely made of teakwood; however, the remains of the original flagstaff can only be seen. It also houses St. Mary's Church, which is one of the oldest surviving churches built by the British in India. Tourists can also visit one of the worth visiting buildings, Fort St. George Museum, which is known for displaying the relics of the British personnel who inhabited the fort. Ranging from coins, medals, paintings and letters, a host of artefacts belonging to the colonial period is showcased by the Fort Museum. Named after the Governor-General of India, Richard Wellesley, there is a banqueting hall called as Wellesley House in the Fort premises.

Outstanding Universal Value

With the aim of expanding trade and economic activities, the British East India Company built Fort St. George in 1640. The fort was erected as a trading post, but it later evolved to be the origin of modern Indian Army. It also served as a home for those officials of the East India Company who were away from their own home. Of-late, Fort St. George houses Tamil Nadu Secretariat and the Legislative Assembly. Serving as a significant base for the Indian Army, the Fort stands proudly as an embodiment of historical splendour.

Monument Information


Srirampuram, Thousand Lights West, Thousand Lights, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600008

How To Reach

  • Nearest Airport :Chennai International Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station :Chennai Central Railway Station
  • Nearest Bus Station : Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus

Opening Hours

  • Opening Time : 06:00:00 am
  • Closing Time :06:00:00 pm


  • Monsoon : Maximum: 33°C, Minimum: 23 °C.

    Summer : Maximum: 42°C, Minimum: 25 °C

    Winter : Maximum: 27°C, Minimum: 19 °C

    Recommended Season to Visit : Winter Season(October to February)

Facilities available At the Monument

  • Basic Amenities Available

Contact Details

  • Dr. A.M.V. Subramanyam
  • Phone: 044-25670396
  • E-mail: circlechennai.asi@gov.in

Ticket Information

Terms & Conditions

  • The e-ticket is not transferable.
  • Entry Fee is not refundable.
  • E-ticket cancellations are not permitted.
  • The Monument is open for visitors between sunrise and sunset.
  • Visitor shall be required to show photo identity proof in original at the entry to the monument.
  • Edibles are not allowed inside the monument.
  • Inflammable/dangerous/explosive articles are not allowed.
INDIAN Visitor:
Total ₹ 20
₹ 20 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax
Total ₹ 250
₹ 250 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax
SAARC Visitor:
Total ₹ 20
₹ 20 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax
BIMSTEC Visitor:
Total ₹ 20
₹ 20 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax