Castle of Good Hope

Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town Central: Hours, Address, Castle of Good Hope Reviews: 3.5/5

Castle of Good Hope
3.5
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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Credited as South Africa’s oldest building, this 17th-century castle houses various military personnel, historic artifacts and artworks.
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Stephanie M
Johannesburg, South Africa190 contributions
Enjoyable informative experience
Jan 2021
We went on a very quiet day in lockdown. We could park right inside. Cashier staff were helpful and efficient.
We did our own tour at leisure and explored and asked questions which were obligingly answered.
We didn't find the sign posting to the different areas all that clear.
An informative couple of hours that we enjoyed and learnt lots.
Written January 17, 2021
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Gabriella
3 contributions
Amazing tour with Shamier
Jan 2021 • Family
Such an amazing experience. Our tour guide Shamier was over and beyond excellent. He was extremely knowledgeable and able to answer questions without it sounding revised. His passion is so clearly seen in the amazing work he does. The castle itself has so much history but Shamier brought it to life. Would definitely recommend going to the castle and doing the tour.
Written January 17, 2021
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nadiakruger77
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa18 contributions
Very informative & enjoyable
Jan 2021 • Family
As adults we had reservations to go but the kids(14,12,7) had us going. Our expectations was exceeded by far. Probably due the the exceptional well informed and funny tour guide!

It was really very informative and well maintained, considering the lack of funding received from our government . This is the oldest building in South Africa. Kudos to the general manager and his team!
Written January 6, 2021
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Trevor Dale
Bloemfontein, South Africa1 contribution
Criminal hotspot
Jan 2021 • Couples
Major security risk, they make you park your vehicle in Strand Street which is then broken into. Rather avoid this tourist attraction.
Written January 2, 2021
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Susan M
Johannesburg, South Africa13 contributions
Rubish
Oct 2020 • Family
DISASTER!!!!!! This place is so badly kept, people should not even be charged for visiting. Dilapidated is not even the right word. 15 years ago was my first visit and it was spectacular. 15 years later we spent 10 minutes in that huge place and left. There is NOTHING left of that history to see. Some "African crafts" in one room and an "art exhibition" in what was once the "Herehuis". Grass and weeds throughout the paving. The lawns are full of weeds, the walls are cracked and painted some odd horrible uneven yellow. The lights that used to light up the outside are only wires left. The fountain inside has no water. The walkways around the place are dull and depressing. What a shame. Our government can look after nothing.
Written October 27, 2020
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Danie92
Johannesburg, South Africa259 contributions
Worth a visit.
Feb 2020
Well worth a visit if you are interested in South African history. I did however get the feeling that more can be done to make this a better tourist attraction because I got the impression of neglect. Had a nice meal at the restaurant.
Written May 23, 2020
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Logisticlady
Doncaster, United Kingdom64 contributions
Interesting if you like reading historical information - well worth a visit
Feb 2020
The castle is divided into separate areas, each with lots of interesting historical information. We only had a few hours to spare so could not take full advantage of this. We were lucky enough to see the The Key Ceremony which takes place on weekdays at 10 am and the Change of Guards at 12 o'clock, both great photo opportunities . The cafe in the grounds serves wonderful icecream:)
Written April 3, 2020
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Haelen
Voorburg, The Netherlands394 contributions
Great
Feb 2020
May be because, I am Dutch, but I found the fort fascinating. Our tour guide lead us through different parts of the fort and provided interesting information on the history of the fort. Besides the tour there are three little museums, which you can explore on your own.
Written March 23, 2020
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AHidler
Pretoria, South Africa164 contributions
So much potential, yet disappointing.
Mar 2020 • Couples
The Castle offers so much to see, to experience and has a long history that is worth more than what the guide shared. It was a bit rushed and the level at which the info wad pitched took us for a bunch of five year olds.

We broke off and started doing our own thing. Had more fun, saw more and took much back to research ourselves.

The gentleman with his cannon was a delight and I ended up discussing cannon technology of the time in great detail.

Visited the art and house museum where once again your typical South African disregard for any rules and sober conduct was ignored with a family with their three year old boy walking around drinking his colddrink after being told no refreshments are allowed inside. No surprise here!

Your offering should really be revamped to bring it up to par.
Written March 8, 2020
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laficabella
montreal165 contributions
Okay but a bit Meh
Feb 2020
To be fair, we visited this at the end of a hot day with tired feet. However, it was a bit boring. There are some furnishings in one part, and some other stuff in another part. If you have seen any French forts in Quebec or border areas of New York and Vermont, you do not need to visitit
Written February 29, 2020
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