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“Interesting Visit”

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.
Edinburgh
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154 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Interesting Visit”
Reviewed December 4, 2013

We took the guided tour at 2.00pm which lasts about 40 min and I am glad we did because (a) it really brought the castle to ife and (b) the Guide Tour was excellent. Once the tour was finished you can visit the couple of small museums on your own. Like previous reviews it was nice to see a bit of really old history in the middle of Cape town. Well worth a visit for anyone.

Visited November 2013
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london, england
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228 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Moderately interesting”
Reviewed December 4, 2013 via mobile

The most interesting fact about the Castle is that it is a five-sided construction. Our guide was knowledgable and pleasant. It's worth waiting for the tour which is included in the entry price. You get a better insight to life as it was all those years ago. However, I personally feel there are more interesting places to visit in Cape Town.

Visited December 2013
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Poole, United Kingdom
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“A worthwhile visit.”
Reviewed December 1, 2013

It was surprising to see an old castle in the centre of a city like Cape Town but there it is. It was great walking round and exploring the little nooks and crannies, especially on the battlements where there were also First World War gun emplacements. The William Fehr collection rooms included a table almost a mile long upstairs! The Military Museum was ongoing improvements and a lot of the exhibits were missing but the section on the Boer War was interesting. A worthwhile visit nonetheless

Visited November 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Make sure you bring a torch!”
Reviewed November 21, 2013

There is a lot to explore within the castle. Make sure you bring a torch so you can peer into lots of dark places when scaling the castle’s battlements. There is a map (in various languages) available (5 rand) when you pay your entrance fee though it will take you a few moments and a bit of effort to understand how the map and its various explanations work. I went with a small person who enjoyed climbing over the castle’s rapports but some of the other things were pretty dull. Kids will be interested to see the table that seats a hundred people and the room that was used for carrying out the torture but the rest is worth a quick glance for them. There are good views from the castle and there are a couple of dioramas that show how the castle has changed overtime and how the original castle was originally situated on the coastline! All these helps put the whole castle and its history in some sought of perspective.

Visited November 2013
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“Steeped In History”
Reviewed November 20, 2013

We had visited years ago and was happy to note that it has really improved. Upgrades have been done on the entrance, the buildings and gardens. The flower gardens are attractive.The colour, the vibrance of the displays, the art are all so impressive. The narratives are engaging. My children were stimulated and alert through the 6 hours of our visit, especially enjoyed the noon gun parade and the dungeon.

Visited March 2013
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