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Castle of Good Hope

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“oldest building”(24 reviews)
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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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Corner of Buitenkant and Strand streets, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 787 1249
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It’s been a pleasure to visit the Castle again after so many years. Everything is still the same but I don’t like the statues they have erected in front of the governor’s house in Die Kat. These statues have no resemblance to the history of...More

Thank Kobus M
Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

The Castle of Good Hope is worth a visit if you are interested in learning more about the history of Cape Town (and specifically how the VOC impacted it). Make sure to check out the times of when the free guided tours are (free once...More

Thank leonieb19
Reviewed August 11, 2018 via mobile

this was our starting point in Cape Town and whilst walking around our guide have a great introduction to the early settlers of Cape Town and local tribes. Also v informative on the overall castle. not sure we would have enjoyed it as much on...More

Thank Llama44
Reviewed August 7, 2018 via mobile

I went here as we drove past it in the car it was surprising good with a museum feel about it. It still has the added benefit of a medieval structure. I would go back so well worth the entry fee.

Thank Ben S
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

I was really excited to visit this attraction, as I’m a big fan of history. Sadly I did not walk away with knowing more about the castle nor it’s role in history. Wikipedia has more information than I saw durning my visit. It would have...More

Thank KurtD133
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

I am a Capetonian and took my neice from England for an outing to the castle. We went on the guided tour led by Shamier. He spoke really clearly,is very knowledgeable, and answered questions fully. I would definitely recommend doing a tour and if you...More

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Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

We were not expecting much but we loved our visit. The key was the guided tour they offer - our guide was informative and funny and the tour was one of the highlights of our visit to Cape Town. The three museums were also interesting....More

Thank orrdin
Reviewed July 23, 2018 via mobile

Myself and my husband along with his parents went for a guided tour here at the castle. It was wonderful the guide was smart, had good insights, chatty and absolutely hilarious! We were a group of 8 representing 4 different countries, and our guide incorporated...More

Thank Trip735399
Reviewed July 20, 2018 via mobile

I must admit that I was a bit guarded about what to expect inside but the displays were amazing. We did not do a tour but walked around at our own pace. The place can be navigated easily. The military museum was fantastic and the...More

Thank Z2022FEjaym
Reviewed July 10, 2018

Don't be put off by your first impression ....it's a bit tired looking BUT the three museums are excellent and full of the history of the Cape. Take the 1 hour tour by the guide you will learn far more in that hour than you...More

Thank David Mumford M
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August 20, 2018|
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Response from Dive Inn C | Reviewed this property |
Castle Tour with a castle guide is on the hour i think. The key ceremony us at 10 followed by the 1st canon fire, then 11 and 12 another fire. Think sunday amd Mondays they do not fire the gun. Do not know about the key... More
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July 4, 2018|
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Response from Dive Inn C | Reviewed this property |
Hi ya the key ceremony at 10am is done in the old dutch uniform. Have not seen them in dress other then normal army camo uniform. But should be their in the next week again and will find out. Regards carel
November 27, 2015|
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Response from TouristGuideAlbert | Reviewed this property |
Hi. Yes, the renovations should have been finished in October 2015, but as with most projects they end up over running time and budget. I would say they will most likely only finish mid-2016.