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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  • Our accommodation was within the fort walls so exploring the fort was a lot easier as we could pop back to our room for cold drinks etc. When walking along the wall bordering the sea you can see becau...  more »
  • A living fort.. an important history preserved yet still offering shops, restaurants, places to stay. Beautifully kept.  more »
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