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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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Freedom Day Delight

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2015
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13 reviews 13 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 attraction reviews
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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245 reviews 245 reviews
115 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
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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Oklahoma
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109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
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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66 reviews 66 reviews
24 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

I was really amped to visit the Castle of Good Hope, and it did not disappoint. The artefacts were amazing and I learnt a lot more about SA history. This place is a definite must see.

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Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

What could be a wonderful tourist attraction, unfortunately, is neglected and dirty. The motes outside are stocked with fish - and all sorts of plastic bags. The grounds inside is littered with plastic bags and leftovers from takeaway food. The toilets are reeking. The garden itself is neglected. This is a sorry sight. But with better vision and management, this... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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84 reviews 84 reviews
20 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

15R for students. 30R for adults. Not the most monumental castle, but an educational experience. You'll get a lot of historical insights about the history of the Cape. Includes entrance to arts and military museums inside.

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