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“Hours of Exploration”
Review of Constitution Hill

Constitution Hill
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Constitutional Hill and Apartheid Museum Half-Day Tour from Johannesburg
Ranked #3 of 173 things to do in Johannesburg
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Nowhere can the story of South Africa's turbulent past and its extraordinary transition to democracy be told as it is at Constitution Hill. Constitution Hill is a national heritage site situated in the Johannesburg CBD and is home to the Constitutional Court of South Africa- the highest court in the country on constitutional matters. Once a place of injustice and brutality, where South Africa's leading political activists, including Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi, were detained, the site has been transformed into a place of solidarity and democracy, home to the Women's Gaol museum, Number Four Museum, and Old Fort Museum. Apart from its engaging and gripping exhibitions, Constitution Hill is also open to the public for guided tours and has become an important platform for Heritage, Education, and Tourism related programmes. The vast variety of programmes hosted at Constitution Hill enable us to embrace current issues, celebrate days of national significance, address matters of public interest and create a forum for public debate. With its rich history and character Constitution Hill boasts of ideal platforms to educate and learn about South Africa's story. ConHill, as it is famously known, also offers a variety of multi-purpose venues, suitable for conferencing, performances, a large array of events and for public activities and programmes.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Westbury, New York
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174 reviews
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“Hours of Exploration”
Reviewed August 22, 2013

We spent 4-5 hours at Constitution Hill total, but could have spent more time to see the court building, old prison and fortress that make up this site. Each have their own highlights. I was somewhat disappointed that they didn't keep the prison very well maintained, but otherwise it was interesting. Kids would be ok exploring the various rooms and passages, and there is a children's room in the fortress. Another interesting aspect of the history of South Africa specific to Johannesburg for adults. Bring some water, and remember there are only one set of toilets near the staircase towers.

Visited August 2013
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Thank Scott B
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ConHill-SA, Public Relations Manager at Constitution Hill, responded to this review, November 8, 2016
Dear Scott B

Thank you for your review of ConHill, and for sharing your experience. We are sorry to hear that it was not well maintained to your standard on the day you were here. Hoping that next time you come you will be impressed. We provide water and also have taps located in different places, we have toilets allocated in different areas through out ConHill. Hoping to have you back soon!

Kindest Regards,

Constitution Hill

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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“Must See”
Reviewed August 22, 2013

Anyone wishing to get a feel about south Africa's history and troubled race relation must visit this quarter.

Visited March 2013
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ConHill-SA, Public Relations Manager at Constitution Hill, responded to this review, November 8, 2016
Dear 1stAccidentalTourist

Thank you for your visit and review of ConHill. We hope you will continue spreading the word about South Africa's heritage site.

Best Regards,

Constitution Hill
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“It could be so much better”
Reviewed August 8, 2013

What a wonderful place, but such a missed opportunity. The precinct needs a good clean up. There were weeds, dead trees and litter lying about. And due to a lecture the magnificent SA art collection could not be viewed. Very disappointing.

Visited September 2012
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ConHill-SA, Public Relations Manager at Constitution Hill, responded to this review, October 25, 2016
Dear KarooPassion,

Thank you for your visit to ConHill. We hope you will be back soon to experience the site and the full guided tour.

Kindest Regards,

Constitution Hill
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Enlightened.. Rsa must have best constitution in the world”
Reviewed August 3, 2013

Well worth the visit,educational and remarkable that South Africa could agree to this ,however, I trust that ALL the people of South Africa will be treated fairly,it appears if its all black sided now?

Visited July 2013
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ConHill-SA, Public Relations Manager at Constitution Hill, responded to this review, November 8, 2016
Dear Ashton H

Thank you for your visit and review of ConHill. We are now a free and democratic country and do not do things based on the colour of the skin. Everything that is done and said is done equally regardless of gender or race, we are one. Hope to see you soon!

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“Past and Present together for Human Rights”
Reviewed August 2, 2013

We first visited the Old Fort originally built for the British soldiers to overlook rioting Boers in Johannesburg. It soon became a gaol and was notorious for incarcerating men and women who were against the apartheid government. Whites and Blacks were held in the most appalling conditions often without trial. Well known inmates were Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.The uplifting aspect of this tour is the Constitutional Court; built on these grounds with most symbolic architecture. A definate MUST for residents and visitors to Johannesburg.

Visited July 2013
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ConHill-SA, Public Relations Manager at Constitution Hill, responded to this review, November 8, 2016
Dear Sally A

Thank you for your visit and review of ConHill. We hope you will continue spreading the word. Knowing that you were fascinated with how the place looks makes it worth our while and we aim to make people be aware of what the place is all about. Thanks for recommending the place. Hoping to have you back here soon!

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Constitution Hill
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