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Victoria Memorial

See photographs and paintings charting Kolkata’s history at this marble palace dedicated to England’s Queen Victoria, the former Empress of India.

The large, domed Victoria Memorial is one of Kolkata’s most recognizable landmarks. Created as a tribute to Queen Victoria, this building is a museum that charts the evolution and history of the city. Choose from 25 galleries showcasing art, photographs, sculptures, weapons, rare books and more.

This grand building was proposed to honor Queen Victoria’s memory, following her death in 1901. The magnificent structure took 15 years to complete and stands at 184 feet (56 meters) tall. Note the building’s hybrid architectural design, which features bulbous Mughal domes alongside Italian-style statues. 

Head to the Royal Gallery to view paintings that illustrate events from Victoria’s life. They include depictions of her coronation and her marriage to Prince Albert. In the center of the room, see the pianoforte she played on as a child and her writing desk from Windsor Castle. 

Study photographs, paintings and documents in the Calcutta Gallery. They trace Kolkata’s history, from its late 17th-century origins up to 1911. See swords, daggers, a cannon and gunpowder flask in the Arms and Armours Gallery.

The Victoria Memorial is set in 64 acres (26 hectares) of gardens. Tour the manicured lawns and sit by the lake. Have your photograph taken near the large bronze statue of Victoria on her throne. See the garden’s sculptures of other dignitaries, including Lord Ripon, a former Governor-General of India and Sir Rajendranath Mookerjee, a pioneering industrialist.

The Victoria Memorial is open every day except Mondays and public holidays. Separate entry fees apply for the museum and the gardens. Located in the heart of Kolkata, the museum is easily reached by public transport. Car parking is banned around the memorial, but you can park for free on the streets around Maidan, the urban park close to the museum.

Coincide your visit with the museum’s light and sound show, Pride and Glory – the Story of Calcutta. Performances are held in the early evenings on every day except Monday between October and June. Fees apply.


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Hotel Park Victoria

55B Mirza Ghalib St, Kolkata, WB
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Taltala, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of New Market and Eden Gardens. Victoria Memorial and Howrah Bridge are also within 3 mi (5 km). Park Street Station is 7 minutes by foot and Maidan Station is 13 minutes.

    The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata Rs7,500
    The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata

    The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata

    15 Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Kolkata, West Bengal
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Kolkata hotel is located in the business district, within a 15-minute walk of New Market and Eden Gardens. Netaji Indoor Stadium and Victoria Memorial are also within 2 miles (3 km). Esplanade Station is only a 4-minute walk and Park Street Station is 9 minutes.

      OYO 759 Hotel Rock Star
      OYO 759 Hotel Rock Star

      OYO 759 Hotel Rock Star

      22, Circus Avenue, Kolkata, West Bengal
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Bhowanipore, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Academy of Fine Arts and Victoria Memorial. New Market and Alipore Zoo are also within 2 miles (3 km). Rabindra Sadan Station is 9 minutes by foot and Maidan Station is 17 minutes.

        OYO 6760 Chowdhury Estate Premium
        OYO 6760 Chowdhury Estate Premium

        OYO 6760 Chowdhury Estate Premium

        Plot No. 55, Chowringhee Road, Kolkata
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Park Street, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Birla Planetarium and Victoria Memorial. New Market and Quest Mall are also within 2 miles (3 km). Rabindra Sadan Station is only a 2-minute walk and Maidan Station is 9 minutes.

          OYO 7222 Chowdhury's Estates
          OYO 7222 Chowdhury's Estates

          OYO 7222 Chowdhury's Estates

          Plot No. 55, Chowringhee road, Kolkata
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Park Street, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Birla Planetarium and Victoria Memorial. New Market and Quest Mall are also within 2 miles (3 km). Rabindra Sadan Station is only a 2-minute walk and Maidan Station is 9 minutes.

            Kenilworth Hotel, Kolkata Rs4,998
            Kenilworth Hotel, Kolkata

            Kenilworth Hotel, Kolkata

            1 & 2 Little Russel Street, Kolkata, West Bengal
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Kolkata hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Victoria Memorial and New Market. Eden Gardens and Alipore Zoo are also within 3 mi (5 km). Maidan Station is 7 minutes by foot and Rabindra Sadan Station is 9 minutes.

              Red Arrow Residency Rs1,649
              Red Arrow Residency

              Red Arrow Residency

              238b Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Road, Kolkata
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Bhowanipore, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Birla Planetarium and Victoria Memorial. New Market and Quest Mall are also within 2 miles (3 km). Rabindra Sadan Station is only a 2-minute walk and Maidan Station is 12 minutes.

                Golden Parkk
                Golden Parkk

                Golden Parkk

                13 Ho Chi Minh Sarani, Kolkata, West Bengal
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Park Street, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Birla Planetarium and Victoria Memorial. New Market and Quest Mall are also within 2 miles (3 km). Maidan Station is only a 4-minute walk and Rabindra Sadan Station is 10 minutes.