Galle Fort, Galle

Visit the World Heritage Site of Galle Fort, a historic 16th-century fortress noted for its well preserved walls and Dutch colonial architecture. Jutting out into the sea on the Bay of Galle, the fort was built in 1588 by Portuguese settlers, while the Dutch solidified it and populated its walls from the early 17th century until the British took over. Take a stroll along the narrow streets and alleys of the fortified city, admire the typical Dutch-style buildings, or take a guided tour to learn more about its history. Today, a museum, as well as many charming shops and cafes, can be found in the fort's interior. Arrange your visit to Galle Fort and discover more family-friendly attractions in Galle using our Galle trip planner.
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  • An UNESCO Heritage Site, a once upon Dutch Town. There are many old houses left behind during the Portuguese, Dutch & British. Many houses are reconstructed, converted to shops, hotel, restaurants...  more »
  • Galle Fort is the entire old part of Galle — a peninsula with Dutch-built walls and other fortifications. You can walk on most of the walls, and the Fort itself is bursting with restaurants, cafes...  more »
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