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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  • Strolling through the streets of Galle is a delight but walking along the boardwalk at sunset is a gift for the senses. You can talk to the locals and even take pictures with them. If the sea is raging it is also a pleasure.
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  • To make the most of a day of discovery of the Fort of Galle, we discovered a UNESCO-labelled and free app! Available in English, French and Sinhalese, it allows you to roam freely in the fort and the contents are notified when you pass near interesting places to explore... historical content is of high quality, but you also have access to practical information and you will also learn many unpublished anecdotes about this place!
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