Fort Canning Park

Holiday Travel Guide

Escape the metropolis by taking a stroll in this lush park and learn about the city's wartime history while you're at it.

Fort Canning Park may only be a small hill, yet its importance to Singapore cannot be ignored. It was once the home of the ruling Malay Kings, and later became one of the residences of Stamford Raffles, founder of Singapore. Later still, Fort Canning Park became the site of a military barracks and hospital. Remaining features from all of these periods make this a fascinating site to visit. In its own right, the park is a tranquil green space, which serves as a peaceful haven from the city.

Those who want to know more about the park should join one of the free walking tours. There are three of these to choose from, which variously teach you about its inhabited past, as well as its flora and fauna. Among the species that can be found in Fort Canning Park are nine types of heritage tree, and an abundance of dragonflies (at Princess Pond) and butterflies (in the Butterfly Garden). Also visit the aromatic Spice Garden, located on the site of a former botanical garden created by Raffles.

The reason many come to Fort Canning Park is for its fascinating ruins, which tell much about its past. The Archaeological Dig & Exhibition is a functioning excavation site, where thousands of artefacts have already been found. Here, you can see the Keramat Iskandar Shah, the ornate burial ground of an unknown ancient leader. Also visit the grand Fort Gate and adjoining wall – these are all that is left of the fortress which occupied this hill from 1861 to 1926.

Other interesting places to visit in the park include Raffles' old bungalow, complete with cannons and a gunpowder store, the "Battle Box" bunker, which is nine metres underground, and the notorious spot where Singapore surrendered to the Japanese in the 1940s.

Fort Canning Park is in downtown Singapore, not far from the Orchard Road shopping district. It can be easily reached on foot from many downtown hotels. The park is open daily, and there is no admission charge.

Top 10 Hotels Near Fort Canning Park

PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay, Singapore (SG Clean)
PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay, Singapore (SG Clean)
5 out of 5
6 Raffles Boulevard Marina Square, Singapore
The price is S$320 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan
This family-friendly Singapore hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Marina Square and Suntec City. Singapore Flyer and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,248 reviews)
"Beautiful place"

Reviewed on 16 Jan,2022

PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay, Singapore (SG Clean)
Four Seasons Hotel Singapore (SG Clean)
Four Seasons Hotel Singapore (SG Clean)
5 out of 5
190 Orchard Boulevard, Singapore
The price is S$400 per night from 2 Feb to 3 Feb
Located in Orchard, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Orchard Road and Singapore Botanic Gardens. Merlion and Singapore Flyer are also within 3 mi (5 ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (987 reviews)
"The facilities were fantastic. Services was tip top, the staff help to bring food that we ordered to our room. Rooms was big for family of 4."

Reviewed on 14 Jan,2022

Four Seasons Hotel Singapore (SG Clean)
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore (SG Clean)
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore (SG Clean)
5 out of 5
7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore
The price is S$553 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
This family-friendly Singapore hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 5-minute walk of Helix Bridge and Millenia Walk. Esplanade Mall and Marina ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (991 reviews)
"Overall it was very good experience."

Reviewed on 3 Jan,2022

The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore (SG Clean)
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Top Fort Canning Park Hotel Deals

M Social Singapore (SG Clean)
M Social Singapore (SG Clean)
4 out of 5
90 Robertson Quay, Singapore
The price is S$153 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
M Social Singapore (SG Clean)
Four Seasons Hotel Singapore (SG Clean)
Four Seasons Hotel Singapore (SG Clean)
5 out of 5
190 Orchard Boulevard, Singapore
The price is S$400 per night from 2 Feb to 3 Feb
Four Seasons Hotel Singapore (SG Clean)
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore (SG Clean)
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore (SG Clean)
5 out of 5
7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore
The price is S$553 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore (SG Clean)
PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay, Singapore (SG Clean)
PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay, Singapore (SG Clean)
5 out of 5
6 Raffles Boulevard Marina Square, Singapore
The price is S$320 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan
PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay, Singapore (SG Clean)
Hotel G Singapore (SG Clean)
Hotel G Singapore (SG Clean)
4 out of 5
200 Middle Road, Singapore
The price is S$154 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
Hotel G Singapore (SG Clean)
Carlton Hotel Singapore (SG Clean)
Carlton Hotel Singapore (SG Clean)
4.5 out of 5
76 Bras Basah Road, Singapore
The price is S$239 per night from 9 Feb to 10 Feb
Carlton Hotel Singapore (SG Clean)
Andaz Singapore - a concept by Hyatt
Andaz Singapore - a concept by Hyatt
5 out of 5
5 Fraser Street, Singapore
The price is S$435 per night from 10 Feb to 11 Feb
Andaz Singapore - a concept by Hyatt
PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering, Singapore (SG Clean)
PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering, Singapore (SG Clean)
5 out of 5
3 Upper Pickering Street, Singapore
The price is S$339 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering, Singapore (SG Clean)
Grand Copthorne Waterfront
Grand Copthorne Waterfront
4.5 out of 5
392 Havelock Road, Singapore
The price is S$177 per night from 21 Jan to 22 Jan
Grand Copthorne Waterfront
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.