Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town

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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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  • We went on a very quiet day in lockdown. We could park right inside. Cashier staff were helpful and efficient. We did our own tour at leisure and explored and asked questions which were obligingly...  more »
  • Such an amazing experience. Our tour guide Shamier was over and beyond excellent. He was extremely knowledgeable and able to answer questions without it sounding revised. His passion is so clearly...  more »
  • As adults we had reservations to go but the kids(14,12,7) had us going. Our expectations was exceeded by far. Probably due the the exceptional well informed and funny tour guide! It was really.....  more »
  • 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 has got 5 different points in its 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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