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Fort Santiago

Fort Santiago

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341 Reviews
Open daily 8am-6pm
Santa Clara St, Manila, Philippines

The Basics

The 16th-century Fort Santiago is an ideal place for a quiet picnic or a scenic walk. The site's extensive military history and impressive architecture make it an absolute must for visitors to Manila, so a visit is typically included in half- and full-day city tours. These tours often also include visits to other historical sites, such as the American Cemetery and Memorial, Fort Bonifacio, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed San Agustin Church, Casa Manila, and sometimes a cruise on Manila Bay.

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Manila Old and New: Sightseeing Tour Including Intramuros and Fort Santiago
Manila Old and New: Sightseeing Tour Including Intramuros and Fort Santiago
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$47.99 per adult
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Best tour
Good tour very informative. Took us to the best view in Intramuros. The guide takes good pictures. I highly recommend this tour.
kurtdcabrera, Feb 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Manila

star-4
Manila Manila Yeah!!!
LeoD, Mar 2020
Manila Old and New: Sightseeing Tour Including Intramuros and Fort Santiago
What was supposed to be a group tour became a private tour as CoViD19 drove away tourists. Lucky for us as we had Malou, the guide & Ronnie, the driver to ourselves in a Toyota HiAce ac Van as they brought us around Manila, Makati, Pasay, BGC & Intramuros.
star-5
Best tour guide
pe81, Feb 2020
Manila Old and New: Sightseeing Tour Including Intramuros and Fort Santiago
I had the opportunity to see the main attractions of Manila, the tour is very informative and I would recommend anyone to book with Viator. The highlight of the tour was the guide , he was well informed as well as professional and very talkative. He was able to give me information about the country as well as the city of Manila. Thanks you so much !!!
star-5
Short stay in manila
murrayceilings55, Jan 2020
Manila Old and New: Sightseeing Tour Including Intramuros and Fort Santiago
the tour was a high light of my short stay in Manila ,very informative and interesting,with a great tour guide thrown in, which made the day R,murray
star-4
A Very Good Introduction to Colonial History
jhoannam2015, Oct 2019
Manila Old and New: Sightseeing Tour Including Intramuros and Fort Santiago
If you have limited time in Manila but want a short introduction to the colonial history of the area, this would be a good choice. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and provided some interesting insights to the various places we visited. As someone interested in the history of the Philippines, it was raised more questions for me to look into. My teens also found it interesting and informative.
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Terrific
Paradise756303, Sep 2019
Manila Old and New: Sightseeing Tour Including Intramuros and Fort Santiago
Very informative, The guide was friendly, funny and very knowledgeable., Prompt service on pick up and drop off. …….
star-4
Guide was good
Anonymous1962, Aug 2019
Manila Old and New: Sightseeing Tour Including Intramuros and Fort Santiago
It took multiple e-mails and phone calls before the tour operator informed me about the time and place we would meet. Having been destroyed during WW II, there is very little of historical interest in Manila.
star-5
Manila 4 hour tour
Robert B, Aug 2019
Manila Old and New: Sightseeing Tour Including Intramuros and Fort Santiago
What a great tour. Fernando was a excellent knowledgable and passionate tour guide. He certainly made the trip memorable.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Fort Santiago is a must for history buffs in Manila.

  • Don't forget your camera; there are plenty of photo ops inside the fort.

  • Families with kids can utilize the small playground found within the fort.

  • There's plenty of shade in the fort, but be sure to bring water, sunblock, and insect repellent on warm days.

  • Fort Santiago may not be easily accessible for wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

Fort Santiago is located on Santa Clara Street along the Pasig River near Rizal Park. The easiest and most convenient way to visit the fort is on a guided tour of Old Manila, but it's also possible to arrive via public transportation. On the LRT, depart at Central Station or Carriedo Station and walk or catch a jeepney to the fort.

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When to Get There

Fort Santiago is open daily from 8am to 6pm, but many travelers choose to visit in the morning when the weather is still relatively cool, ending the visit with a shaded picnic lunch. The Rizal Shrine within the fort has limited hours on Mondays.

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