Step back in time and uncover a hidden gem on Sentosa Island – Fort Connaught, a historic fortress that has been closed to the public for over 140 years. For the first time, visitors will have the opportunity to explore the fort’s rich history, stunning architecture, and breathtaking views.
Get ready to be transported to another era and discover the secrets that have been hidden within Fort Connaught’s walls. Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime chance to witness a piece of history come to life.
Sentosa Island’s Fort Connaught set to open to the public after 145 years
Attention all hikers! A new trail awaits you. Fort Connaught, located on the eastern side of Sentosa Island, will open its doors to the public from February 10th to March 5th, 2023, but only on weekends, according to a report by Mothership.sg.
Step back in time as you explore this historical site, which has been closed to visitors since its construction in 1878. Guided tours will be conducted, providing visitors with information about the structures and rich history of the abandoned fort. The tour will also grant special access to restricted areas, which visitors are not allowed to visit on their own for safety reasons. A medic will be present during the tour to ensure everyone’s well-being.
This exciting opportunity is part of the National Heritage Board’s annual “Battle for Singapore” initiative, marking the 81st anniversary of the Fall of Singapore this year. Don’t miss out on a chance to witness history come to life and visit Fort Connaught.
Discover the Rich History of Fort Connaught
Fort Connaught was once part of Singapore’s coastal defense system constructed during British rule. Its primary purpose was to protect the city’s shipping and coating facilities at Keppel Harbour.
Featuring Powerful Weapons
Armed with impressive 9.2-inch guns, Fort Connaught was one of the strongest fortifications on Sentosa Island. During the Battle for Singapore, these guns were even used against Japanese troops.
Explore the Remaining Gun Battery
Through a special access tour, visitors will have the chance to explore the grounds of the only remaining gun battery of Fort Connaught. There were originally three built, and participants will learn more about the fort’s role in Singapore’s defense during the Japanese invasion of World War II.
See the WWII Ruins
As they tour the fort, visitors will also be able to see the remnants of a power station from WWII and an observation post that still shows traces of bombing, as reported by Shin Min Daily News. Get ready to delve into the fascinating history of Fort Connaught.
Discover Fort Connaught: A Hidden Gem on Sentosa Island
Registration for the Fort Connaught rediscovery tour opens on February 8th at 10am on a first-come, first-serve basis. The tour, which lasts 2.5 hours, will be held on three weekends, from February 10th to March 5th, with two tours available each day on Saturdays and Sundays.
Due to limited space and complex terrain, there will be a cap of 16 people per tour group. The tours will be held in the morning from 9 am to 11:30 am and in the afternoon from 1 pm to 3:30 pm.
Tickets for the tour are priced at S$20 each and can be purchased at the booking website. Bookings will open on February 8th at 10 am.
Transport will be provided from Harbourfront MRT station to the site and back, with details on the gathering point sent to participants upon registration.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to discover the hidden gem of Sentosa Island and uncover the secrets of Fort Connaught. Register now and be a part of history in the making!
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