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Ripon Building Tours

Ripon Building
Built in the Indo-Saracenic architectural style, the Ripon Building serves as the headquarters of the Corporation of Chennai, the oldest municipal body of the Commonwealth outside Great Britain. The highlight of the structure is the 8-foot (2.5-meter) clock, known as the Westminster Chiming Clock, on the building’s central tower.

The Basics

Commissioned in 1913, the ornate white Ripon Building was named after Lord Ripon, then governor general of British India. A 2012 restoration returned it to its original Raj-era splendor. As it serves as a government office building to this day, guests can only admire the architecture from the exterior, and some heritage tours of the city stop here, often in conjunction with a visit to the nearby Fort St. George area.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Ripon Building is worth checking out if you have an interest in architecture.
  • Note that because the building is a working government office, visitors are not allowed inside.
  • Wear sun protection, particularly if you are visiting during the later morning or afternoon.

How to Get There

The Ripon Building is located due west of the Chennai Central train station and right across the street from Siddique Sarai Mosque and the Chennai Park Station (one stop from Chennai's huge Egmore railway station). It’s about a 10-minute drive from Fort St. George and a 20-minute drive from Mylapore, where many of the city's major cultural and religious attractions are located.

When to Get There
As visitors are not allowed inside the Ripon Building, the ideal time to visit is based entirely on the weather. Temperatures can be uncomfortably high in April and May, so if you're visiting during this time, come early or after dark. Monsoons can start as early as June and last well into October, so if you come during that time, be prepared for heavy showers.

The Greater Chennai Corporation
The Ripon Building houses the Greater Chennai Corporation, which was established as the Corporation of Madras under a royal charter of King James II in 1688, when the city was still under British rule. Responsible for governing Chennai and its 200 wards, the corporation is, after London, the oldest civic body in the world.
Address: Sydenhams Rd, Kannappar Thidal, Periyamet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India 600003, India
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Chennai City Sightseeing Tour

Chennai City Sightseeing Tour

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Chennai is full of old heritage buildings, from ancient Pallava-era temples to colonial-era churches and public buildings constructed under British rule. This tour takes you to some of the most interesting structures, from the 7th-century Kapaleeswarar Temple to the 20th-century Ripon Building, all in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle.
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  • 4 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$36.00
Price varies by group size
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$36.00
Price varies by group size

British Architecture Walk in Chennai with Lunch

British Architecture Walk in Chennai with Lunch

Chennai, formerly called Madras, was the capital of Southern British India. Many great monuments were built during the British rule and several of them continue to dominate the skyline of Chennai even today. During this walking tour, we will visit a number of the prominent landmarks of Chennai, which were built during the British era, often in an architectural style blending British as well as Indian elements. We shall start at the Central Railway Station and walk to the Ripon Building, Southern Railway Headquarters, Victory Memorial, Fort St George, Napier Bridge and finish at the Madras University building. Highlights • Central Railway Station • Ripon Building • Southern Railway Headquarters • Fort St George • Napier Bridge
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$195.00
Price varies by group size
From
$195.00
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

British Architecture Walk in Chennai

British Architecture Walk in Chennai

Chennai, formerly called Madras, was the capital of Southern British India. Many great monuments were built during the British rule and several of them continue to dominate the skyline of Chennai even today. During this walking tour, we will visit a number of the prominent landmarks of Chennai, which were built during the British era, often in an architectural style blending British as well as Indian elements. We shall start at the Central Railway Station and walk to the Ripon Building, Southern Railway Headquarters, Victory Memorial, Fort St George, Napier Bridge and finish at the Madras University building. Highlights • Central Railway Station • Ripon Building • Southern Railway Headquarters • Fort St George • Napier Bridge
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$84.00
Price varies by group size
From
$84.00
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

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