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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  • Castke of Good Hope is an attraction to many who visit Cape Town. It's unique stone structure that has withstood the test of time against all weather circumstances, really stands out. As you enter the city centre it is right there for new comers to the city to see. Over the centuries, very little has been changed. The interior has been restored , but not commercially modified. The dungeons and corridors leading to it, is still original. Scary! As it is part of South African ancient history, schools take learners to visit the Castle so they can see it as it is described to them in their text books Tourists are fascinated by its majestic appearance from the outside and queue to get inside. Castle of Good Hope is one of it's kind in South Africa, unique to Cape Town
  • The Castle of Good Hope is one of the most eventful historic buildings in South Africa. I often wonder though how many people actually notice all the hidden "treasures" of the old structure, like for example the tales that the wooden prison doors tell. It's hard to imagine what the inhabitants must have gone through and sometimes I wish I was able to time travel, to experience a bit of those times. The carvings don't tell complete tales, but it leaves enough room for one's imagination to do the rest. Well worth a visit, although the buildings do need some renovation.
  • Was extremely interesting and educational. Learned a lot about the history of Cape Town, how the Dutch lived at the castle and where slaves were kept when they weren't working on Robin Island. Entry fee was R50 including a tour. There are also 3 museums in the castle you can visit for free. Will be going again in the future and I hope to be able to explore some more of the castle!
  • Very interesting. The military museum & information boards looked updated improved since I was there 2 years ago. The canon display on the hour, & the guard procession at 10am were very entertaining. We had booked a guide & she was excellent!
  • Really enjoyed the Castle of Good Hope. Some areas could use restoring but it's still beautiful. Plus the exhibitions were interesting and we'll put together. Our tour guide was great and took us all over the castle highlighting important areas. This combined with the spectacular views of Table Mountain makes this we'll worth the R50.
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