Entrance of Sentosa Nature Discovery

Need more ideas to walk 10,000 steps a day? Or perhaps you have run out of fun, healthy, and educational activities to do with the kids during the school holidays? For your next day out, head to Sentosa and discover the heritage of the island with your kids!

Map of Sentosa Nature Heritage Walk

Home to more than 30 carefully conserved heritage trees and buildings, Sentosa also houses Singapore's only fully-restored military fort, Fort Siloso. The Sentosa Nature Heritage Walk is one of the recommended 8 km trail routes on the Western side of the island, where you can clock in your 10,000 steps while exploring and learning more about Singapore’s heritage.

Starting from Sentosa Boardwalk (nearest MRT: Harbourfront MRT) and ending at the Beach Station, the pleasant walk features historical sites such as the former British Hospital as well as heritage trees such as the Jambu Laut — Singapore’s only heritage tree of this species found on Sentosa.

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Some Heritage Sights to Soak in

Learn more about Singapore’s heritage at these historical sites.

Former British Hospital (currently Madame Tussauds)

Image of Former British Hospital

Situated at the Imbiah Lookout, the former British Hospital is one of the oldest buildings on Sentosa. Built in the 1880s, the two-storey colonial structure served as a hospital for British troops and continued to do so throughout the Japanese Occupation and the Post-Occupation years until the 1950s. Today, it is part of an award-winning historical museum housing Madame Tussauds.

Fort Siloso

Fort Siloso

Derived from the Malay word meaning ‘rock’, Fort Silso was one of three forts built on Sentosa to guard western approaches to Singapore, and were later used during World War II. Fort Siloso is the only preserved coastal fort left and is now a historical military attraction housing war memorabilia.

Mount Imbiah Battery

Mount Imbiah Battery

This defence post is located at the summit of Mount Imbiah, one of the two protected nature areas on Sentosa, with a 1.8 km-long trail network on a forest-covered hill. Built in the 1880s, Mount Imbiah Battery served as an examination battery to screen all merchant vessels entering the Singapore harbour.

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Admire the Grand Trees of Yore

Take a break and seek shade under some of the heritage trees found on Sentosa!

Tanjong Tree (Mimusops elengi)

Tanjong Tree

The Tanjong Tree is a medium-sized evergreen tree that can reach heights of 20 metres. It is also known as Spanish cherry, medlar and bullet wood, and has bright orange edible fruit and fragrant flowers. The tree is well known in traditional medicine for its healing properties; its leaves are used to ease headaches, its bark to treat pimples, and its roots to soothe sore throats.

Broad-leafed Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla)

Broad-leafed Mahogany

A large deciduous tree that can grow up to 30 metres in height, the Broad-leafed Mahogany is prized for its timber and is easily recognised by its crown, which is dense dark green, and round to oblong in shape. Its most distinctive feature is its large and heavy brown fruit pods that split into valves to release flat, light-brown and winged seeds.

Jambu Laut (Syzygium grande)

Jambu Laut

Sentosa has the only heritage tree of this species found in Singapore. A hardy tree that can withstand harsh coastal conditions and was used to break lalang fires, the Jambu Laut (also known as Sea apple tree), has large, simple leathery leaves with a dark glossy green above and a light green underside. It has white pom-pom-like flowers that bloom once or twice a year.

Find Out More: Download the brochure to read more about the Sentosa Nature Heritage Walk.

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Flashback: National Steps Challenge 2

Thematic Challenge #5 at Sentosa
12 March 2017
Siloso Beach

Gather your family and friends to participate in the National Steps Challenge™ Season 2 Thematic Challenge at Sentosa on 12 March 2017! Participants get to clock in their steps while completing activities along the Sentosa Nature Heritage Walk. Join other health enthusiasts for a fun day out and stand to win fantastic prizes! More information will be released nearer to the date.

Find out more about National Steps Challenge™ Season 3

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