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Raffles To Marina Bay

Things to see and do

  • ArtScience Museum
    4 stars

    While the permanent exhibits are underwhelming (we thought we missed something), it's the visiting exhibits that make the ArtScience Museum worth its hefty admission fee. Within six months of opening the museum had attracted world-class exhibits about Genghis Khan, treasures from a sunken ship, ... read more

  • Marina Sands Skypark
    4.5 stars

    Its open-air garden stretches across the three towers of the hotel beneath and offers unobstructed, panoramic views of the city and beyond. Attractions within the attraction include exclusive restaurants (Ku De Ta, Sky on 57) and a swimming pool that appears to cascade off the edge of the ... read more

  • Gardens by the Bay
    4 stars

    The newest addition to Singapore’s urban skyline is the spectacular Gardens by the Bay, perhaps best described as the city state's version of New York's Central Park. Located right in the heart of town, with its intriguing structures visible from the nearby highways, it’s an attraction worth ... read more

  • Merlion Park
    2.5 stars

    There's little to do here other than take cheesy photos and enjoy the views across to Marina Bay Sands.

    A cluster of cafes and restaurants are nearby to feed the tourists, but for a cheaper treat look for the ice cream carts: a Singapore-style ice cream sandwich is only S$1.

  • Queen Elizabeth Walk
    3.5 stars

    The shaded promenade starts near the Esplanade Theatre and passes the Anderson Bridge, Tam Kim Seng Fountain, Cenotaph War Memorial, and Padang field before abruptly ending at the new Esplanade MRT station.

  • Arts House @ Old Parliament House
    4 stars

    Rather than permanent exhibits, the elegant space hosts a changing line-up of art shows, dance recitals, musical performances, book launches, and any other cultural event in need of a short-term home. Admission to many exhibits is free — visit the website for a current events listing. The ... read more

  • Singapore Art Museum
    4 stars

    Of course, the permanent collection also includes many classic pieces from across Southeast Asia and an ever-changing array of special exhibitions from international artists. The museum strives to be a place to do more than just look at art, and there's always something going on like an art ... read more

  • Singapore Flyer
    4.5 stars

    One rotation takes about 40 minutes which is plenty of time to soak up the view of downtown Singapore and beyond; on a clear day you can see all the way to Indonesia. Each capsule is air-conditioned and can contain 28 people. If you don't like to share come just before closing on a weekday when ... read more

  • Victoria Theatre & Concert Hall
    4 stars

    It was originally two separate buildings -- a town hall and a memorial hall for Queen Victoria -- but they were linked by the addition of the now-iconic clock tower in 1906. The theatre's elegant 900-seat auditorium is ideal for opera, orchestra, ballet and theatre, but is closed for ... read more

  • Asian Civilisations Museum
    4.5 stars

    Sort of an "Asian Studies 101", permanent displays give an overview of the history, culture and religions of Southeast Asia, China, India and the Middle East. Rather than feeling separate, informational signs and videos link the galleries by discussing historic trade and migration. This is a very ... read more

  • Marina Barrage
    3.5 stars

    Visit the free ‘Sustainable Singapore Gallery' to learn about the city-state's efforts to be green (crucial when you have no natural resources) or just enjoy the views from the grassy rooftop. Marina Barrage is busiest on weekends when people come to check out the new seaside restaurants and ... read more

  • Esplanade Theatres on the Bay
    4 stars

    Its state-of-the-art concert hall and theatre attract world-class acts while smaller venues host a steady stream of plays, concerts, dance recitals and art installations. There is something going on at the Esplanade every hour of every day and admission is often free — check the events ... read more

  • The Substation
    4 stars

    This is the place to catch local rock bands, quirky plays, independent film festivals and contemporary art exhibits. A full schedule is available online or just drop in to see what's going on — it has a very welcoming vibe. Admission is always affordable and many events are free. The ... read more

  • Funan Digital Mall
    4 stars

    At Funan Digital Mall showrooms from Dell, Sony and Toshiba plus mega electronics stores like Harvey Norman and Courts can all be found under the same roof. The best deals are during roadshows held in the mall's central atrium when salespeople throw in an extra gig or two of RAM and free ... read more

  • Raffles City
    3.5 stars

    The biggest store is Robinsons department store and other tenants include British Marks & Spencer, Tommy Hilfiger, Kate Spade, Topshop, MPH Bookstore and a big basement supermarket. Dining options range from fancy to fast food and the third floor The Food Place foodcourt has a very cosmopolitan ... read more

  • Peranakan Museum
    4 stars

    This museum is far more comprehensive than similar ones in Malaysia and the 10 galleries cover every topic from their fusion of religions to elaborate wedding costumes to traditional Peranakan recipes complete with a model kitchen. The museum regularly hosts Peranakan dance and theatre ... read more

  • Shops at Marina Bay Sands
    3.5 stars

    The stores are almost exclusively luxury brands like Chanel, Gucci, Burberry, Prada and Cartier and even the foodcourt is expensive — think S$10 for rice and curry. If you don't have a platinum card you won't be buying much, though everyone can enjoy the mall's modern design and ... read more

  • St Andrew's Cathedral
    3.5 stars

    The current cathedral, a grand English gothic-style building, is actually the third to stand in this spot and was built in 1862 by forced convict labour. St Andrew's is an active church with regular services and a youth ministry. The expansive grounds are a refuge in downtown Singapore and ... read more

  • Armenian Church
    3.5 stars

    The church once had the domed roof and bell turret typical of Armenian architecture, but they were removed for structural reasons and now the church looks classically colonial. Singapore's Armenian community was never very large but they were influential, and the church grounds contain a ... read more

  • Cathedral of the Good Shepherd
    3.5 stars

    Its status was elevated to cathedral in 1888 and, save for a period during World War II when it served as a makeshift hospital, it's been an important centre for Catholicism in Southeast Asia ever since.

    It is currently the seat of the Archbishop of Singapore and holds regular Sunday Mass.

  • Wak Hai Cheng Bio Temple (Yueh Hai Ching Temple)
    3.5 stars

    Meaning "The Temple of the Calm Sea", the temple was founded by Teochew Chinese immigrants, who tended to work as sailors or fishermen, as a place to give offerings to the water spirits. The temple is known for its elaborate roof carvings, the only such temple in Singapore, and as a place to make ... read more

  • Raffles Hotel Museum
    3 stars

    There's a small but intimate collection of old artwork, china, photographs, travel ephemera and an old rickshaw used to transport guests.

    If you've just spent S$25 on a Singapore Sling at the Long Bar, you'll be happy to learn that admission is completely free.

  • Esplanade Park
    3.5 stars

    It makes a scenic link between the colonial buildings on Connaught Road and the central business district.

    If you follow Queen Elizabeth Walk within the park it'll eventually lead you to Esplanade MRT station.


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