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Castle of Good Hope

Closed Now: 09:30 - 16:00
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“military museum”(27 reviews)
“guided tour”(51 reviews)
“oldest building”(25 reviews)
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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All reviews military museum guided tour oldest building torture chamber cannon firing love history the dutch east india company entrance fee town's history worth a visit free tour great history lots of history on display couple of hours walk around table mountain
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you do the Hop on Hop off bus, let them know, and you will get a discounted admission. Either way it's still inexpensive. We did the tour, which was about 30 minutes, and then they allow you to roam free and explore. Good amount...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank MichaeltheTravelerNJ
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It doesn't look much from the outside and we hesitated to go in. An hour and half later we were surprised and enjoyed our visit enjoying finding all sorts of interesting displays and places including the noon cannon firing. We didn't take the guided tour...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank johnhG6702BU
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always wanting to know more about a city, we were keen to check out Castle of Good Hope. We missed the changing of the guards, but made it in time for the demonstration of a small canon being fired. (Handy tip: don't stand too close,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank MsLiz64
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This old castle is a really great place to visit if you are into castles, a history fan or just want to see guards dressed up in colonial gear. We walked the walls and found out why its star shaped, looked through the defenses and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
3  Thank TravelYoung
Reviewed 7 January 2019

There are no docents present to answer questions. They perform a reenactment with period dress of soldiers that's entertaining. Then they shoot off a cannon that was used during the period when the fort was occupied. You can walk through portions of the interior and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank dps_Sedona
Reviewed 6 January 2019

I was shocked to see the state of the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town on the 2nd of January 2019. Even though they put up notices everywhere to say that they apologise for the state of the place due to the drought, it...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank rut291
Reviewed 1 January 2019 via mobile

It’s steeped in history, it’s the oldest building in South Africa and it’s visited by thousands of (overseas) tourists... but eish man. Surely it can be maintained better? Don’t get me wrong. I love visiting the Castle, the changing of the guard is great to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Martino2580
Reviewed 28 December 2018

Although the building is very impressive the grounds are very neclected. Is could have been a wow moment but 8 felt ashamed that overseas visitors have to see a monument in such a state. The small restaurant however has a smaal menu but the food...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Sentraal
Reviewed 19 December 2018

You can do a self- guided tour or go on a timed tour with a guide. If you are tight on time, it doesnt take more than an hour - 1.5hrs to walk through the whole thing.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ARose112
Reviewed 18 December 2018 via mobile

Very interesting exhibits and displays with vintage live canon fire. There is a small restaurant with friendly service inside the castle walls. The only thing that has to be taken care of right away is for the surrounding water-filled moat to be cleaned. It smells...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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20 August 2018|
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Response from diveinnct | 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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5 July 2018|
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Response from diveinnct | 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
27 November 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.