British Architecture Walk in Chennai

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Duration: 3 hours

Departs: Chennai, Chennai

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

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Chennai, formerly known as Madras, was the capital of the Southern British India. Many great monuments were built during the British rule and several of them continue to dominate the skyline of Chennai even today. In this walking tour, we will visit some of the prominent landmarks of Chennai, which were built during the British era in an architectural style blending British as well as Indian elements. We will start at the Central Railway Station and walk to Ripon Building, Southern Railway Headquarters, Victory Memorial, Fort St George, Naper Bridge and finish at Madras University building.

What's Included

All taxes, fees and handling charges

Local guide

Local snack and coffee/tea

What's Not Included

Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option not selected)

Traveler Information

  • CHILD: Age: 5 - 12
  • ADULT: Age: 13 - 99

Additional Info

  • Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Public transportation options are available nearby

Cancellation Policy

What To Expect

Chennai Central Railway Station
The Central Railway Station was built in 1873 in Gothic Revival style by British architect George Harding. It was modified by Robert Chisholm who added the central clock tower and Travancore caps on the main towers. Today, this station handles more than 350000 passengers every day.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

British Architecture Walk continues to Ripon Building which was commissioned in 1913. Designed by G.S.T. Harris. and built by Loganatha Mudaliar, the Ripon building is named after Lord Ripon, a Governor-General of British India who was famously known as the father of local self-government in Chennai. Today this building is the office of Mayor of Chennai.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Victory War Memorial
The Victory War Memorial, formerly called the Cupid’s bow, is a memorial constructed to commemorate the victory of the Allied Armies during World War I (1914–1918). It later became the victory war memorial for World War II (1939–1945), erected in the memory of those from the Madras presidency who lost their lives in the wars.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Fort St. George
British Architecture Walk in Chennai brings us to Fort Saint George, the first English Fortress built in 1644 by the East India Company. We will visit St Mary’s Church, the oldest Anglican Church of India. We will also visit a quaint museum rich with relics of the colonial times. There is a 14.5 ft tall statue of Lord Cornwallis in front of the museum, which is a masterpiece. Note, the museum is closed on Fridays. Fort St. George is currently the headquarters of the Legislative Assembly of the State of Tamilnadu.

45 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Napier Bridge
Napier Bridge was built in 1869 across the Coovum river and is named after the British governor of Fort St George, Francis Napier. It connects the Marina to the Fort St George. The narrow bridge was broadened and converted into a concrete structure and was opened to general public in July 1943. This bridge is often used by Media to represent the city of Chennai!

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

University of Madras
The Senate House is the administrative center of the University of Madras. It is situated along the Marina Beach. Constructed by Robert Chisholm , the Senate building is considered a great example of the Indo-Saracenic style with a harmonious blend of Byzantine architectural features. This masterpiece was constructed between April 1874 and 1879. It has a convocation hall, porticos, a parapet, meeting halls and a library.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

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