Fort Margherita

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Fort Margherita information

Location
Kuching , Malaysia
Address
Kampung Boyan
Opening hours
9am-4.30pm
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Built by Charles Brooke in 1879 and named after his wife, Ranee Margaret, this hilltop fortress long protected Kuching against surprise attack by pirates. It did so exclusively as a remarkably successful deterrent: troops stationed here never fired a shot in anger.

Inspired by an English Renaissance castle, whitewashed Fort Margherita manages to feel both medieval-European and tropical. A steep spiral staircase leads up three flights of stairs to the crenellated roof, a great place to take in panoramic views of the river and get a feel for the lie of the city.

To get there from Kampung Boyan, follow the signs up the hill for 500m.