Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town Central

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Listed as a provincial heritage site, Castle of Good Hope represents a well-preserved 17th-century star fort initially used by the Dutch East India Company. Built between 1666 and 1679, the timber and clay pentagonal castle remains South Africa's oldest existing colonial structure. Once you reach the compound, which now houses the capital's mechanized infantry unit, you can explore the military museum and other ceremonial and exhibit facilities. You can also stop by one of two restaurants inside the castle to eat and relax. The site offers limited access for the elderly and disabled, but an electronic tour allows guests to visit certain points of interest without the use of stairs. Using our world travel planner, Cape Town attractions like Castle of Good Hope can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This old castle is a really great place to visit if you are into castles, a history fan or just want to see guards dressed up in colonial gear. We walked the walls and found out why its star shaped, l...  more »
  • It was a wall very against the blue sky. Those who were responsible for the free tour is so much to talk a little Too much was my own feelings
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  • There are no docents present to answer questions. They perform a reenactment with period dress of soldiers that's entertaining. Then they shoot off a cannon that was used during the period when the fo...  more »
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  • Always enjoy this place. We got to see them light a canon and fire it. It was amazing. The history and artefacts are awesome. Best to go early as it's good to spend lots of time there to enjoy it. Views are amazing. There are also plenty of venues for hire. Conference, party wedding, etc. They allow most events.
  • Definitely way more exciting and fun than I had expected. The guides are very knowledgeable and present the info in a way that even a non-history-loving person would enjoy. Definitely wouldn't miss this while in Capetown.
  • One of the oldest buildings in South Africa is built by the Dutch in the 1600 its worth a visit.... now it's part of the military installations . ..very interesting fact is that where the castle was built where the ocean used to be so you can see how much land they have reclaimed ...it has got 5 different points in its structure...it is in the centre of town and it is very easy to find.. It is right next to the grand parade.
  • Very cool experience. Breakfast served at the castle was not up to par. Wonderful place to explore though! Interesting to know the ocean was at the foot of this castle.
  • Such an amazing historical building. I am sure many tourists will find it very interesting. It is just unfortunate that general maintenance and upkeep of gardens and ablutions and many of the rooms not on display is so poor.
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