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Castle of Good Hope

Address: Corner of Buitenkant and Strand streets, Cape Town Central, South Africa
Phone Number: 27-21-787-1249
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Type: Castles, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Credited as South Africa’s oldest building, this 17th-century castle...
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Type: Castles, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: Credited as South Africa’s oldest building, this 17th-century castle houses various military personnel, historic artifacts and artworks.
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English first
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

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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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

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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6 attraction reviews
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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Herefordshire, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

The Castle of Good Hope is an interesting site and has a lot of interesting artefacts to see. My daughter and I took a tour to ensure that we didn't miss any of the features of the site. Our tour guide was new to the job and managed to answer most questions posed. I felt that the restoration that had... More 

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Brasov, Romania
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77 reviews 77 reviews
12 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Visited the Castle in June 2014, during a local wine and food festival, so it was quite busy. There were some interesting artifacts on display but I was actually more focused on the wine testing. However, I enjoyed the view of Table Mountain and Signal Hill from inside the castle's walls. The City Hall is near by.

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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Spent way longer than I thought. So much to see and do. I didn't go with the guide but recommend that you do. Overheard a few as I went about and they sounded very good.

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Plantation, Florida
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22 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 via mobile

The pentagonal Castle of Good Hope was originally built by the Dutch East India Company as a maritime refreshment center. It later became a military post for Cape Town. There is a nice little museum to see period pieces. It was not my favorite stop in Cape Town, but interesting.

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Daily guided tours at 10am, 12 and 2 pm. Very informative. Nice restaurant. Well maintained grounds, secure parking

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Doha, Qatar
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70 reviews 70 reviews
28 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This former VOC fort is probably one of the oldest structures in Cape Town (but restored apparently). The buildings itself are not very impressive, it's more the history behind it and a few rooms where historical art is kept from Dutch Masters to Silverware and Furniture. There's a restaurant facing the courtyard (simple meals, did not try them) and a... More 

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