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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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Feel the origins of Cape Town

The oldest man made building in South Africa that is still standing, the castle let's people see how Europeans settled at the Cape. There are some outstanding items of furniture... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
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108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

The oldest man made building in South Africa that is still standing, the castle let's people see how Europeans settled at the Cape. There are some outstanding items of furniture dating back to the VOC years, and joining a guided tour ensures that a visitor will learn a lot about the life and times of the Europeans who first lived... More 

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Repentigny, Canada
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Once you enter the castle you quickly realize that the only thing to see is the other side of the ramparts. The yard is huge, but empty. There's a well and a kitchen but both aren't well conserved. Flat out disappointing and big waste of time.

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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

There is not much in the way of historical sights left in Cape Town. The Castle of Good Hope is one such sight and was the headquarters of the Dutch East Indies company. It's worth a visit and it's cheap to get into. It's not maintained too well. The highlight was probably the William Fehr Collection of historical paintings and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Visited on Freedom day and was very surprised to gain free entrance and free parking! Great visit after so many years last there. As we arrived we got to experience a small cannon demo. great fun! the free guided tour was conducted by a engaging young black gentleman with dreads. I missed his name, but he is an asset to... More 

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Rye, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

A wonderful place to learn more about the Dutch history of the Cape. Worth a visit to walk around and see the fort and read all the signage that tells so much about the history.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Interesting place - it has a key ceremony around lunchtime where the soldiers perform. The building is a little shabby when you enter the inner courtyard but it seems to be undergoing renovation. Worth a look especially if you like early European furniture, painting and ornaments

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 via mobile

whilst I understand that this is an Old building, very old, it is not necessary that it appears to be in serious need of attention and maintenance. Signage is very poor, totally unfriendly to any wheelchair person, and quite rude staff at certain exhibitions. Remember it being much better maintained a long time ago.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We stopped into the castle during our 1/2 day Cape Town Tour. Parking was available just outside the castle entrance, which was a short walk to the ticket office. The castle itself is rather basic and we have seen vastly superior castle tours in other towns. It isn't overly clean or well maintained. We toured the war exhibit which was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We had our business event finale here with fanfare. Guides dressed in period costume escorted us through and gave a tour. Hors'doevers and drinks were served in one hall, dinner in a grand hall. Very enjoyable evening in this historical place.

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Nelspruit, South Africa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

I was so excited to see the Castle of Good hope when me and my wife travelled to Cape Town during March 2015. Please do not waste your time, energy, money or your linings on your shoes to visit this place. It is clear that the ANC government does not want this place to be in its full glory like... More 

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