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“A great bit of history, but lacking some basics”

Castle of Good Hope
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Owner description: Credited as South Africa’s oldest building, this 17th-century castle houses various military personnel, historic artifacts and artworks.
Johannesburg, South Africa
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“A great bit of history, but lacking some basics”
Reviewed February 28, 2012

As a South African, I had great pride in experiencing some of the history of my forefathers. It is a very informative and interesting trip, with good tours (offering it in many languages), good museums and beautiful grounds. The only negative point I can bring up is the lack of places to eat around the castle. Only 1 restaurant with very limited seating and menu, they can do with an upgrade and more seating. The prisons and the dark room were the most interesting bits of the tour, as you got to see how the less fortunate of those times lived. They can also do with more public toilets as the queus can get very long.

Visited December 2011
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Cape Town
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“History”
Reviewed February 14, 2012

It was a lovely experience. walked around the castle, got a sense of history. Its hard to imagine this place being seen as a "large" building... when it is dwarfed by everything around it. :)

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Cambourne, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
183 reviews
89 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Great Castle”
Reviewed February 8, 2012

Still in a good condition, tour is still very good. I t has changed a few times over the years, worth seeing

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Cape Town, South Africa
Level 5 Contributor
46 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Dont expect tooo much”
Reviewed February 7, 2012

I have seen palaces. I have seen castles. But this to me is just a fort.

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Cape Town
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed February 7, 2012

Lots of history and easy to miss. Great to bring the kids to see the changing of the guards. Not Buckingham Palace thank goodness, but it has a charm of its own and if you have a look at the art gallery, it depicts early South African scenes, like reading a Wilbur Smith book

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