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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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An experience to remember

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
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Nelspruit, South Africa
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65 reviews 65 reviews
24 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

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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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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72 reviews 72 reviews
15 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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STANGER,KWAZULU NATAL
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

In the early 2000's my husband was a Diamond awardee..and the Gala Dinner was held in this fantastic function room..I remember the ambience and those magical moments will be cherished..as where the many amazing places Sanlam introduced to us in our own South Africa and abroad before the Insurance laws discontinued this..This particular evening was a never-to-be-forgotten experience..it was a... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

The Castle of Good Hope is a great location to learn about the history of Cape Town. The Dutch influence is noteworthy. Touring this fort gives you a glimpse of the early life of Cape Town. Try to catch the Changing of the Guard at 12 noon. The bell rung Is the oldest bell in South Africa.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

This is definitely a must-see in Cape Town but don't expect the kinds of castles you might find in Europe. This one is still steeped in history and the helpful guide was really good at his task. Hearing it in Afrikaans was even better than expected. Take the entire tour and be assured you can also fit in the Gardens... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Built in 17th century Cape Town on the waters edge, and just look where the sea is today! It's open from 9.30 to 4pm. These days the castle houses the military in Cape Town. The castle Millitary Museum, Castle Forge and the William Fehr art and period furniture Collection is inside. Guided tours are available at 11, 12 and 14h00... More 

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52 reviews 52 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

This was where Cape Town started, being the HQ of the Dutch East India Company. The guided tours are well worth doing, bringing the castle to life and why it was so critical to the Dutch. There is an informative military museum and an exhibition of what life was like for the Dutch in the headquarters of the commandant. The... More 

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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We were treated to a fab african choir whilst we had coffee after what was a great 5 course dinner. This was our final night in cape town and it was an eve of regalia whilst the guards to at the entrance to the castle.

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