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Address: Corner of Buitenkant and Strand streets, Cape Town Central, South Africa
Phone Number: 27-21-787-1249
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Description: Credited as South Africa’s oldest building, this 17th-century castle...
Credited as South Africa’s oldest building, this 17th-century castle houses various military personnel, historic artifacts and artworks.
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A bit of old Cape Town

This is more of a fort than a castle. It is star shaped and was built in the 17th century by the Dutch authorities in Cape Town. It once was on the edge of the coast of the bay... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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Ogdensburg, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

The Castle, located in downtown Cape Town is one of the best preserved forts of the Dutch East India Company and is the oldest existing colonial building in South Africa. This fort, erected between 1666 and 1679 protected a replenishment station for ships passing the Cape on long voyages to Indonesia for spices. The five bastions were named for King... More 

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Brisbane
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

This is more of a fort than a castle. It is star shaped and was built in the 17th century by the Dutch authorities in Cape Town. It once was on the edge of the coast of the bay, but due to reclamation works over the years, it is now inland in the centre of the city. It is quite... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

The oldest building in Cape Town, this was where the sea was before some land reclamation. Also look for events taking place at the Castle, as it's a great function venue.

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Durban, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

The tour guide was very informative and very funny. He did a wonderful job but there really isn't much to the castle. There are a couple of small museums within the castle and they lack proper lightly to view the items and read. There is a key ceremony at 10am and 12pm. Not much to see here and the day... More 

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Roodepoort, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

What a interesting part of Cape town history. This is a must to see when you visit Cape Town. The tour guide gave us a good run down on the Castle. The small cafe has a nice menu if you need something to eat. Was great fun for the hole family.

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Cape Town
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

If you are into the history and museums this is a great stop. The entrance fee is R30 so well worth a visit. They are currently doing a complete restoration of the building, so be aware of construction.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

We took my parents and my niece on a birthday horse carriage ride through Cape Town City Centre. It started at the Castle. John Foster the owner of Cape Town Carriage Company who built the carriage led our carriage ride. He made an exact and beautiful replica of the carriage that travelled from Cape Town to Kimberly last century. We... More 

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Monte Vista, Western Cape, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The first building in Cape Town. Its in a very good condition and properly upkept. It also a part Military base.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

The Cape of Good Hope castle is a must see. Although several areas are undergoing maintenance and renovation, a walk along the walks and ramparts, as well as visiting the art and furniture collection is worth it. The Castle itself has good arts and crafts stores as well as places to eat and of course sufficient restrooms for everyone. The... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Everything starts with staff who can not do their work properly, and unfortunately it stopped there....

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Address: Corner of Buitenkant and Strand streets, Cape Town Central, South Africa
Phone Number: 27-21-787-1249
Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

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