Castle of Good Hope
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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Nick
Nottingham, UK193 contributions
May 2022
We spent a couple of hours here. There's a good amount to see, read and learn. The military part is particularly interesting.

Make sure you go upstairs onto the roof area, it's not well signposted.

Definitely worth a visit, try and tag it onto the nearby District Six Museum.
Written June 1, 2022
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,499 contributions
Nov 2021
When the Dutch started to settle their first concerns were food, shelter and security. So immediately after their arrival in 1652 they started building 'Fort de Goede Hoop'. Initially just a structure of clay and wood. When being faced by a potential threat from England, the East India Company (VOC) eventually decided to have a more solid stone fort built here. By 17th century standards it is an impressive structure with thick walls, bastions and secure gates.

Nowadays the fort houses interesting exhibitions. The most important being the one in the former administrative section of the castle called the William Fehr collection. It shows Dutch, but mainly British colonial art objects such as paintings and furniture. Care has been taken to alert visitors the exhibits reflect the vision of the colonial power and not the experience of the local population and others who were oppressed. The very few items representing local life are highlighted.
Very well done.

Entrance fee 50 Rand
Written November 16, 2021
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AHidler
Pretoria, South Africa171 contributions
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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SteveK
Los Angeles, CA179 contributions
Feb 2022
Well worth the stop.

Highly focused, small military museum covers history of fort and broader military operations relevant to Cape history. Separate mini-museums on fort compound cover different aspects.

Military museum does a great job conveying history of area and why it matters. Modern facility with well-curated exhibits.

Military museum is included for anyone purchasing a fort ticket.

VISITED: 4 February 2022; foreign adult 50 ZAR; credit cards accepted
Written February 6, 2022
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Kenridge, South Africa4 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
We took our Children for the 1st time and we as a family enjoyed it very much! But what stood out the most, was definitely our tour guide: Shamier Robertson 👌🏻💯
He had the entire crowd captivated, partaking and laughing. He is very knowledgeable and he's personality is just wonderful. He is very much proudly South African and we LOVED It!!
All the other staff were also friendly and the grounds were very neat👌🏻

👏🏻💟🇿🇦
Written July 20, 2022
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GeneralShamu
New York City, NY959 contributions
Nov 2022
Visited here after doing a township tour. Total time needed is 2-3 hours, just ensure you take part in one of the free public tours they offer every hour or so. If you show up at a non-ideal time, just explore the area inside a bit before joining the next available tour. Restrooms located inside and clean.

In terms of parking, ensure you park within the complex's outer walls and not by the street.
Written December 11, 2022
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Wonderlust
Betzdorf, Germany35 contributions
Jan 2023
It's a pity the oldest building in South Africa has not been well maintained. We originally parked outside, were accosted by "car guards" as we started to walk around the castle, but stopped just before the squatter camps as it looked to dangerous to go any further, eventually we found more secure parking at the entrance to the castle. Once inside the castle, the gardens were well maintained, however its a pity to see that after surviving so many battles and years, it has now been left to the elements. Staff showing more interest in their cell phones than the visitors to the castle.
Written January 12, 2023
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Erin S
Lakewood, CA105 contributions
Jul 2022
Lots of history here; we lucked out and arrived just as the free guided tour was starting. He was friendly, fun and knowledgeable, and it made the visit more worth while. Tip: climb to the top of the roof in the corner closest to Signal Hill to see the JUSTICE tribute; it is very moving, and a great view / photo op of the city, too.
Written August 31, 2022
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Susan M
Johannesburg, South Africa20 contributions
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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Jdewitt7108
Milnerton, South Africa102 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
We have now been going to the Castle at least once a year. Unlike many other attractions it is still affordable and worth the money.

You must do the guided tour out is incredible informative and after this you can explore the castle yourself. Set at least 4 hours aside if you want to do it properly.
Written December 18, 2022
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