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Address: Corner of Buitenkant and Strand streets, Cape Town Central, South Africa
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+27 21 787 1249
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Credited as South Africa’s oldest building, this 17th-century castle houses...

Credited as South Africa’s oldest building, this 17th-century castle houses various military personnel, historic artifacts and artworks.

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Try to be there on the hour for the cannon

Great views and fun to walk along the top and explore/get lost. Watching the cannon being fired was great- not sure if that is only done at weekends though

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

the prices are low compared to what you get to see. It's good for those outside cape town interest in the dutch colonization history.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great views and fun to walk along the top and explore/get lost. Watching the cannon being fired was great- not sure if that is only done at weekends though

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Thank Alexa V
Lystrup, Denmark
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Castle of Good Hope was built in the last part of the 17th century by the Dutch and is the oldest existing building from the colonial time in South Africa. There were very few visitors when we visited the castle. But there was an opening of an exhibition going on in one part of the castle. The castle has... More 

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Thank Lars M
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really not liked here so much but I suggest this place as short part of your plan in a day , to take pictures.

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Thank Farrokh G
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the oldest buildings in Cape Town and a fascinating history which shows how Cape Town developed over the years.

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This unusual pentagonal shaped castle is worth a brief visit to appreciate the architecture and history. Apart from that, there is nothing much in terms of artefacts or displays that will draw a lot of interest. However, it has good views of Table Mountain and Lion's Hill.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited for free with a group attending a conference. Very interesting if you are in to history, as I am. You can wander yourself through the castle and also take an interesting tour. The signage could be better and the food was very average.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A stunning building with a couple of small but interesting museums. Great to just wander around the ramparts and explore the little rooms and passageways. There is a free tour every hour but it goes on for about 45 minutes and is a bit ponderous. I left half way through. There is an interesting cannon demonstration and firing at midday... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I visited the Castle, the cost was R30 each. Disappointingly, not all of it could be visited at the time (and there was no reduction in entrance fee!). The military museum was good, telling us about the early history of the Castle. There were also good views from the walls. Well worth visiting for about 60 minutes.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had a chance to take a quick tour. The history about the Dutch influence and the trading in the 17th century was awesome. Worth a stop.

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