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Intramuros Tours

The colonial heart of Manila, Intramuros—which means “within the walls”—is the capital’s oldest district and home to some of its most impressive historic monuments. Founded by the Spaniards in the 16th century, the gigantic stone citadel is surrounded by impressively preserved city walls, stretching for almost 3 miles (5 kilometers).
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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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Private Half-Day Manila with Rizal Park and Fort Santiago, Manila, null
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Private Half-Day Manila with Rizal Park and Fort Santiago

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

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Location: Manila, Philippines
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $54.00
Manila Old and New: Sightseeing Tour Including Intramuros and Fort Santiago, Manila, Private ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Manila Old and New: Sightseeing Tour Including Intramuros and Fort Santiago

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Immerse yourself in Manila’s past and present as you travel by comfortable air-conditioned vehicle through the City of Makati and on to Old Manila. Step back ...  Read more

Location: Manila, Philippines
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Manila Super Saver: Manila Sightseeing plus Tagaytay Tour with Taal Volcano, Manila, Half-day Tours
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Manila Super Saver: Manila Sightseeing plus Tagaytay Tour with Taal Volcano

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Enjoy two amazing Manila experiences for the price of one with this Manila Super Saver. With your knowledgeable local guide, tour Tagaytay, where you’ll enjoy ...  Read more

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Private Old and New Manila City Tour, Manila, Super Savers
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You are invited to discover the city Manila with your local guide and get to know the city from its history to the modern aspects of this developed city. On ...  Read more

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Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Private Half-Day Manila Tour by Jeepney, Manila, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Half-Day Manila Tour by Jeepney

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Colorful jeepneys snake through Metro Manila's major roads and by-ways, making them an essential part of contemporary Philippine culture. These flamboyantly ...  Read more

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Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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Half-Day Manila City Tour, Manila, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Half-Day Manila City Tour

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Join travelers from around the world in exploring Manila with an English-speaking tour guide. Visit the city's most popular attractions and experience a bit of ...  Read more

Location: Manila, Philippines
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Manila City Tour and Manila Bay Dinner Cruise, Manila, City Tours
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Manila City Tour and Manila Bay Dinner Cruise

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Learn about Manila’s historic past and vibrant present with a tour of the city and ending the day with a relaxing dinner cruise along Manila Bay.

Location: Manila, Philippines
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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