Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town Central

3.2
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.
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including Castle of Good Hope
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Tours To Castle of Good Hope

Castle of Good Hope Reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5
933 reviews
Google
4.1
TripAdvisor
  • Well worth a visit if you are interested in South African history. I did however get the feeling that more can be done to make this a better tourist attraction because I got the impression of...  more »
  • The castle is divided into separate areas, each with lots of interesting historical information. We only had a few hours to spare so could not take full advantage of this. We were lucky enough to...  more »
  • May be because, I am Dutch, but I found the fort fascinating. Our tour guide lead us through different parts of the fort and provided interesting information on the history of the fort. Besides the.....  more »
Google
  • 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.

Plan your trip to Cape Town

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Cape Town

Kid-friendly things to do in Cape Town

4.2
Duration: 2 hours
4.6
Duration: 3 hours
3.2
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Cape Town

4.8
Duration: 1 hour

Shopping in Cape Town

See all ›
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Cape Town

4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
4.3
Duration: 4 hours
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min

Nearby attractions in Cape Town

3.1
Duration: 3 hours
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min

Plans to Castle of Good Hope by other users

16 days in South Africa BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular sights Preferences: August Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 15 days in South Africa BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular sights Preferences: August Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 8 days in Cape Town BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA September, popular sights Preferences: September Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 8 days in Cape Town BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA January, popular sights Preferences: January Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 7 days in Cape Town BY A USER FROM CANADA August, popular sights Preferences: August Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 8 days in Cape Town BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA May, popular sights Preferences: May Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 34 days in United States, Mexico, Africa, Europe, Asia & South Pacific BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL May, popular sights Preferences: May Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 24 days in Cairo, Johannesburg & Cape Town BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular sights Preferences: April Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 23 days in Cape Town, Cairo & Johannesburg BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular sights Preferences: April Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 20 days in Western Cape BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA June, popular sights Preferences: June Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 6 days in Africa BY A USER FROM UGANDA August, culture, relaxing, beaches, shopping, popular sights Preferences: August, culture, relaxing, beaches, shopping Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 60 days in Africa, Europe, United States & Asia BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA June, popular sights Preferences: June Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium
See more plans