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Kolkata: 3-Hour British Heritage Walking Tour

4.6 / 5

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Activity provider: 5 Senses Walks

Kolkata: 3-Hour British Heritage Walking Tour

Activity provider: 5 Senses Walks

From US$ 37.82 per person

Retrace Kolkata’s past on a 3-hour walking tour through city's colonial history. Learn about some of the most prominent landmarks that shaped and defined Kolkata during the period of British rule.

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Duration 3 hours
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Pickup optional
Pickup available from any hotel in Kolkata.
Private or small groups available


  • Marvel at the Last Supper painting on the walls of St John's Church
  • Experience the essence of Victorian-era Kolkata at the iconic Victoria Memorial
  • Explore India's oldest museum, full of relics, ornaments, fossils, skeletons, antiques, armors, and paintings
  • Marvel at the Governor's House built for the Marquess of Wellesley in 1815 in a Neoclassical style with distinct Baroque overtones
  • Learn about the Colonia era of Kolkata from your expert guide
Full description
Embark on a journey to capture the essence of Kolkata as you explore on foot some of the most iconic and prominent landmarks of the city’s Colonial heritage. Choose from flexible options of a private tour, exclusive to your booking, or a join-in tour, where you can meet other travelers. You can also request a hotel pickup and drop-off for added convenience. The tour's first stop is the Writer's building, built in 1777. Once used for the lower bureaucracy of the East India Company, today this stunning Greco-Roman masterpiece is the seat of the West Bengal state government. Next, walk to the Mausoleum of Job Charnock, who in 1690 bought the villages of Sutanuti, Gobindapur and Kalikata and over time transformed the region into the capital of East India Company. At the site, learn about how in recent times, a High Court ruling has discredited him as the founder of the city. Continue the tour onto St John’s Church, a majestic stone building built in 1787, which became the principal cathedral of the region in 1815. One of the church’s highlights includes a painting of the Last Supper on its walls. Follow your guide to the Governor’s House next, a remarkable building built for the Marquess of Wellesley who came to Kolkata as the Governor General of East India Company in 1798. Built in 1803 by the famous English architect Charles Wyatt, the Governor’s House follows a Neoclassical style with distinct Baroque overtones. As you admire the fine architecture of the building, learn about how the Crown gained rule over India during the Colonial era. Finally, visit the legendary Victoria Memorial, an architectural gem built from marble. Here you can really experience the essence of the Victoria-era, set in the middle of the hustle and bustle of modern Kolkata.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
  • Professional guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Light refreshments
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments

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    Meeting point

    Meet your guide outside the white and blue entrance gate of St. John's Church, Council House Street. This place is easily accessible by Uber or local taxi.

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    • The walking tour terminates at Victoria Memorial. Guests who have chosen the hotel transfer option will be dropped off at their hotel, while guests who selected the meeting point option can ask the guide for assistance with finding local transport or booking a taxi
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    4.6 /5

    based on 8 reviews

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    We really enjoyed our tour with Anirban. The time just flew by. We got some tea at the beginning of the tour then walked around lots of the British colonial buildings in ‘white town’. Anirban was great company and very knowledgeable. We also got to ride in a yellow taxi to see the Victoria memorial which was beautiful! Highly recommend this tour.

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    November 19, 2022

    Great tour - especially as I’m from the UK. The guide was tremendously knowledgable. The Victoria Memorial tour was a real treat. A must for anyone with a fascination with the British experience in India.

    December 8, 2022

    The tour was very informative. We enjoyed it a lot. Thank you!

    November 17, 2022

    Product ID: 302093