Fort William, Kolkata

Open Time : 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Entry : paid

Address : Fort William, Maidan, Fort William, Hastings, Kolkata, West Bengal 700021, India

Phone : +913322254723

Why to visit Fort William, Kolkata

Fort William is a magnificent structure located on the eastern bank of the Hooghly River in Kolkata. The fort was built in 1696 and is named after King William III. It was the British's first foothold in the country. 

The beautiful structure spans 70.9 acres and features hundreds of arched windows that gaze out over lush green gardens. The building's surface is adorned with meticulous stonework, which took up to ten years to complete. However, it was quickly apparent that the structure had a few flaws, and a new octagonal structure was built, with Sir Robert Clive laying the foundation.

Fort William has served a variety of objectives throughout its history, each of which was diametrically opposed to the next. It was called as 'the black hole of Calcutta' because it originally consisted of wings and an inner bastion where criminals were transported. 

Inside the fort is a 9 hole golf course.The fort, which is owned by the Indian Army and serves as the headquarters of the Eastern Army Command, now has a boxing stadium, a swimming pool, a firing range, restaurants, an outdoor playground, a shopping complex, laundry, a movie theatre, and a post office. Aside from that, there is an Arsenal.

FAQ on Fort William, Kolkata

How to reach Fort William?

The city's geographic core is where Fort William is. Roads connect it to several places. Buses and taxis can be utilised to get there with ease.

What are the places to visit near Fort William?

Princep Ghat, Victoria Memorial, BBD Bagh and Millenium Park are the places to visit near Fort William.

Is there any entry fee to visit Fort William?

Although there are no entrance fees, admission to the fort's grounds requires a prior authorization because it is forbidden to citizens.

Special Tip

One may hire taxis or cabs to reach Fort William from both Howrah Junction Railway Station and from Airport.


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