Fort Canning Park

Fort Canning Park featuring a park

Fort Canning Park

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

Carlton Hotel Singapore (SG Clean)
Carlton Hotel Singapore (SG Clean)
4.5 out of 5
76 Bras Basah Road, Singapore, 189558
The price is S$222 per night from 7 Jun to 8 Jun
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Singapore. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 4 restaurants. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in their ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,047 reviews)
"the property is very clean and staffs are very helpful. the room is very cosy and spacious"

Reviewed on 8 May,2022

Carlton Hotel Singapore (SG Clean)
JEN Singapore Orchardgateway by Shangri-La (SG Clean)
JEN Singapore Orchardgateway by Shangri-La (SG Clean)
4 out of 5
277 Orchard Road, Singapore, 238858
The price is S$273 per night from 19 Jun to 20 Jun
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Singapore. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the pool and the bar in their reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (983 reviews)
"The room was nice and big for our family of 4 members. Although the shower head was not work very good and in normal, they was kind and changed another room for us in the second night. Besides, the swimming pool was fantastic and beautiful. Their breakfast buffet was also fresh and delicious. We ..."

Reviewed on 15 May,2022

JEN Singapore Orchardgateway by Shangri-La (SG Clean)
Riverside Hotel Robertson Quay managed by The Ascott Limited ( SG Clean)
Riverside Hotel Robertson Quay managed by The Ascott Limited ( SG Clean)
4 out of 5
1 Unity Street, Singapore, 237983
The price is S$240 per night from 5 Jun to 6 Jun
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Singapore. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the pool and the comfy rooms in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (977 reviews)
"Pool was large and kept clean"

Reviewed on 17 May,2022

Riverside Hotel Robertson Quay managed by The Ascott Limited ( 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

Holiday Inn Express Singapore Clarke Quay (SG Clean), an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Singapore Clarke Quay (SG Clean), an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2 Magazine Road, Singapore, 059573
The price is S$221 per night from 20 Jun to 21 Jun
Holiday Inn Express Singapore Clarke Quay (SG Clean), an IHG Hotel
Carlton Hotel Singapore (SG Clean)
Carlton Hotel Singapore (SG Clean)
4.5 out of 5
76 Bras Basah Road, Singapore, 189558
The price is S$222 per night from 7 Jun to 8 Jun
Carlton Hotel Singapore (SG Clean)
JEN Singapore Orchardgateway by Shangri-La (SG Clean)
JEN Singapore Orchardgateway by Shangri-La (SG Clean)
4 out of 5
277 Orchard Road, Singapore, 238858
The price is S$273 per night from 19 Jun to 20 Jun
JEN Singapore Orchardgateway by Shangri-La (SG Clean)
Riverside Hotel Robertson Quay managed by The Ascott Limited ( SG Clean)
Riverside Hotel Robertson Quay managed by The Ascott Limited ( SG Clean)
4 out of 5
1 Unity Street, Singapore, 237983
The price is S$240 per night from 5 Jun to 6 Jun
Riverside Hotel Robertson Quay managed by The Ascott Limited ( SG Clean)
Park Regis Singapore
Park Regis Singapore
4 out of 5
23 Merchant Road, Singapore, 058268
The price is S$247 per night from 6 Jun to 7 Jun
Park Regis Singapore
Swissotel The Stamford, Singapore (SG Clean)
Swissotel The Stamford, Singapore (SG Clean)
5 out of 5
2 Stamford Road, Singapore, 178882
The price is S$449 per night from 22 May to 23 May
Swissotel The Stamford, Singapore (SG Clean)
Grand Park City Hall (SG Clean)
Grand Park City Hall (SG Clean)
5 out of 5
10 Coleman Street, Singapore, 179809
The price is S$339 per night from 20 Jun to 21 Jun
Grand Park City Hall (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, 039594
The price is S$424 per night from 30 May to 31 May
PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay, Singapore (SG Clean)
30 Bencoolen (SG Clean)
30 Bencoolen (SG Clean)
4 out of 5
30 Bencoolen Street, Singapore, Singapore, 189621
The price is S$265 per night from 13 Jun to 14 Jun
30 Bencoolen (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.