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Intramuros Walled City
Intramuros Walled City

Intramuros Walled City

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328 Reviews
Free admission
Bonifacio Dr & Padre Burgos St, Manila, Philippines

The Basics

Many Manila city tours include a visit to Intramuros, and a walking tour is a popular way to explore the many historic attractions within the walls. Highlights include the mighty waterfront Fort Santiago, home to the Rizal Shrine, a tribute to Philippine national hero, Jose Rizal; San Agustin Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest churches in the country; the 16th-century Manila Cathedral; and the fascinating Casa Manila Museum. Leave plenty of time to browse the souvenir and handicraft shops, and enjoy a coffee at one of the lively cafés, too. Some excursions combine a tour of the city with an evening dinner cruise.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Manila

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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.
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Fun & informative
A_C, Mar 2020
Experience Intramuros with Bamboo Bicycle - Ecotours
Great tour. Jojo was pleasant and friendly and put the group at ease. Knowledgeable and approachable to ask questions. Fun and very interesting whilst biking at ease. Very safe for all.
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Intramuros Cycling
Tanicka_D, Mar 2020
Experience Intramuros with Bamboo Bicycle - Ecotours
This tour was GREAT. My guide was Marlowe and he did a fantastic job. Very knowledgeable. It was the right amount of time and all the sites were interesting. One person in my group was not comfortable with a bike and they had a covered buggy that she could get in. The complimentary water and sweet treat were a great addition.
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Great tour of Intramuros
vkatz40, Feb 2020
Intramuros: History of Old Manila | Manila Walking Tours (with transportation)
We had a great tour with Andrei. He was both knowledgeable and fun. We learned a lot about the history of Manila. The only negative was the horse drawn carriage ride (not with Andrei), because we couldn't hear what the driver was saying and had difficulty seeing what he was pointing to. Overall, however, a great tour.
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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 !!!
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Intramuros walking tour
trailbug, Jan 2020
Intramuros: History of Old Manila | Manila Walking Tours (with transportation)
Andrea, our guide, was the best. So knowledgeable, but humorous as well. The tour was very informative and interesting. A great way to learn about the history of Manila.
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Awesome tour
Storyteller765312, Nov 2019
Private Half-Day Makati (Old Manila) with Intramuros
Very knowledgeable tour guide (Raymond). Driver was great. Awesome your, would definitely recommend to all.
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We liked it!
irina_korzhenevich, Nov 2019
Intramuros: History of Old Manila | Manila Shore Excursion
Our guide was very good and friendly. We could easily understand her English. The excursion to Intramuros and to the museum was interesting.
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Excellent Private Tour Guide and Driver
penthousetravel1, Jan 2020
Private Half-Day Makati (Old Manila) with Intramuros
We had an amazing tour of Old Manila with Jonas! From start to finish this tour was fantastic. He picked us up promptly with a sign from the port exit. We had a sweet driver, a nice clean van and the best tour guide. Jonas was very educated and explained with great detail the history of Manila to us. We visited many interesting locations and as everyone was walking around in a big ship tour group we had an absolutely brilliant tour just for the two of us. I highly recommend booking this private tour. It was well worth the money. Thank you very much Jonas for your thoughtfulness and wonderful professionalism. We had a great day in Manila!
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One not to miss
johnpD2112ST, Oct 2019
Intramuros: History of Old Manila | Manila Shore Excursion
Manila was a port on our cruise itinerary that we probably were unsure of but this half day tour with Don’t Skip Manila certainly changed our minds and it became our favourite port of call. The tour takes in most of the same things a cruise ship tour will but with a locals insight, Ann our guide was an enthusiastic advocate for Manila. It’s mainly a walking tour with a short drive to the start point and back to the ship but the pace is relaxed and we got to see way more than the ships tour who we saw being regularly hearded on and off of coaches and rushed around attractions. Anna’s enthusiasm was infectious and we learned so much about the history of Manila and the Philippines under different rulers and the love they have for Jose Rizal, we were also able to visit Casa Manila which was a fascinating insight into the way people lived in Manila years ago. Don’t miss Manila and certainly don’t miss this tour!
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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
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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.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Parts of Intramuros are pedestrianized, but pedicabs and horse-drawn carriages (calesas) are also popular ways to get around.

  • There is no admission to enter the Intramuros district, but attractions, such as Fort Santiago and San Agustin, do charge a small entrance fee.

  • Wear comfortable shoes—roads can be uneven around the historic district.

  • There are numerous shops, cafés, and restaurants located in and around the walled district.

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How to Get There

Intramuros is located close to the port on the south bank of the Pasig River, and there are numerous entry points to the walled town. The closest train station is Central Terminal. Alternatively, the easiest way to access Intramuros is by taxi.

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When to Get There

Make an early start to avoid the heat and the crowds, as you’ll likely be doing a lot of walking. While it’s possible to visit Intramuros at any time, most attractions close around 6pm. Be aware that museums are typically closed Mondays.

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Walled City of Intramuros

Spanish governor Miguel Lopez de Legaspi founded the walled city of Intramuros in 1571. At the time, it was the entire city of Manila. With its 20-foot-high (6 meter) walls, moats on all sides, and seven fortified gateways, the 163-acre (66-hectare) citadel was impenetrable. However, the city sustained considerable damage during World War II bombings and extensive restoration work has since taken place on the walls, city gates, and many of the historic buildings.

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