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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  • Is a huge Castle, loaded with history, but the visit is not guided and the most interesting (which is the key delivery ceremony with exploding cannon) is not held at all times.
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  • Castle dating from the 17th century to the early European settlers. You can visit different rooms, the most interesting with reproductions of the furniture of the period and of the uniforms of sailors. The Castle provides free guided tours regularly every day.
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  • I was fortunate to join a group tour with a very informative and intelligent guide. He interpreted the history of the site with a critical edge that was engaging and refreshing. For example, Van Riebe...  more »
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  • A truly interesting and fascinating place. We went here on Sunday while on holiday so it was pleasantly quiet, not too many people, but sadly we didn't get to see the Key Ceremony or have the Cannon Fire (these events take place everyday, except Sundays). The entrance is really cheap and includes an optional guide tour, which is really great, and then you can wander about everywhere. There's information boards by all the historically significant areas. There's a few wonderful museums which have very informative pieces. It's a lot of reading, of you try to read about all the items, but it's really fascinating to learn about our country's past. The place seems to be well kept and is clean. I think they are quite busy trying to fix everything and keep it maintained. Definitely a place to visit if you're interested in art and in history.
  • Was quite nice to tick this site off of things to see. Pretty cool. The sense of history is intriguing. I liked the colours of the walls too. Nice to have "something old" in South Africa...
  • It was not what I expected. It was much more interesting. One get the feeling of a real fortress. Its an historic experience. It's best to take the guided tour. The 12 o'clock tour gives the best experience with a canon firing at midday.
  • Good day. If you are nostalgic person that find history fascinating be sure to visit the castle of good hope in Capetown. This place is packet with history and absolutely gorgeous. It is preserved as good as possible to give you a idea of how it was in that time. i would advise on finding a guide as you get there to explain all the history, without one you might pass a lot of artifacts with interesting background and may not get the complete experience . hope this helped and hope you have a good time visiting.
  • Worth a trip to see an iconic piece of history that give a view into the start of colonial life in South Africa. The tour guide spoke a bit too fast. He also made too many references to the Cape flats which was maybe funny the first time but not the 10th. The castle was neat and appear well kept, except for the very top parts by each of the 5 points which had overgrown grass and weeds. Please can you make sure that is cut as it really detracts from the experience and as a local is embarrassing to see. Tour started 25 minutes late because some of the guides didn't pitch for work apparently which wasn't great. Otherwise myself, wife and 8 year old enjoyed seeing and hearing the history. You can walk can also walk around freely if you want without a tour guide. We would have like to see the firing of the canon but that isn't done on a Sunday. They also have a little coffee shop on site if you want to sit down (it was closed by 2 on Sunday after our tour was done)
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