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“A great bit of history, but lacking some basics” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Castle of Good Hope

Castle of Good Hope
Corner of Buitenkant and Strand streets, Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Private Tour: Cape Town City Highlights
Type: Castles, Landmarks
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Owner description: Credited as South Africa’s oldest building, this 17th-century castle houses various military personnel, historic artifacts and artworks.
Johannesburg, South Africa
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54 reviews 54 reviews
34 attraction reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“A great bit of history, but lacking some basics”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2012

As a South African, I had great pride in experiencing some of the history of my forefathers. It is a very informative and interesting trip, with good tours (offering it in many languages), good museums and beautiful grounds. The only negative point I can bring up is the lack of places to eat around the castle. Only 1 restaurant with very limited seating and menu, they can do with an upgrade and more seating. The prisons and the dark room were the most interesting bits of the tour, as you got to see how the less fortunate of those times lived. They can also do with more public toilets as the queus can get very long.

Visited December 2011
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Cape Town
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“History”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2012

It was a lovely experience. walked around the castle, got a sense of history. Its hard to imagine this place being seen as a "large" building... when it is dwarfed by everything around it. :)

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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90 reviews 90 reviews
48 attraction reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Great Castle”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2012

Still in a good condition, tour is still very good. I t has changed a few times over the years, worth seeing

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Cape Town, South Africa
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35 reviews 35 reviews
25 attraction reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Dont expect tooo much”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2012

I have seen palaces. I have seen castles. But this to me is just a fort.

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Cape Town
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2012

Lots of history and easy to miss. Great to bring the kids to see the changing of the guards. Not Buckingham Palace thank goodness, but it has a charm of its own and if you have a look at the art gallery, it depicts early South African scenes, like reading a Wilbur Smith book

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