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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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.
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.
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.
- San Agustin Church and Museum
- Casa Manila
- National Museum of the Philippines
- Intramuros Walled City
- Rizal Park and Shrine
- Manila Ocean Park
- Binondo (Chinatown)
- Cultural Center of the Philippines
- Roxas Boulevard
- Chinese Cemetery
- Ayala Museum
- Manila American Cemetery
- Art in Island Interactive Museum
- Blanco Family Museum