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Castle of Good Hope

Corner of Buitenkant and Strand streets, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 787 1249
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Credited as South Africa’s oldest building, this 17th-century castle houses various military personnel, historic artifacts and artworks.
  • Excellent20%
  • Very good38%
  • Average30%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible4%
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“military museum” (25 reviews)
“oldest building” (23 reviews)
“guided tour” (45 reviews)
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Corner of Buitenkant and Strand streets, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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+27 21 787 1249
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"military museum"
in 25 reviews
"oldest building"
in 23 reviews
"guided tour"
in 45 reviews
"torture chamber"
in 16 reviews
"cannon firing"
in 9 reviews
"the dutch east india company"
in 11 reviews
"love history"
in 7 reviews
"early days"
in 6 reviews
"entrance fee"
in 15 reviews
"town's history"
in 8 reviews
"free tour"
in 7 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 22 reviews
"great history"
in 6 reviews
"couple of hours"
in 8 reviews
"table mountain"
in 24 reviews
"restoration"
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"soldiers"
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Reviewed 1 March 2018

Exhibitions of the whole history of Cape Town area including shows like canon shooting, tribal music & dances and guard march in the hisotric fortress. Worth a visit for history lovers.

Thank Balázs D
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Reviewed 27 February 2018

Worth a visit. It's bigger than you think so allow a bit of time to have a wonder around and explore the art museum and military museum.

Thank merseyblue-1
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Reviewed 25 February 2018

I didn't know what to expect when I went on this tour, but I learned a lot about the early Dutch settlers of Cape Town. The tour includes trips to the rampants, the armory, the dungeon, and the torture chamber, and you learn a lot...More

Thank Aaron L
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Reviewed 19 February 2018

Not my kind of fun... But somehow still interesting to see all the history and how people did certain things back in the day!

Thank Zel15
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Reviewed 14 February 2018

Incredibly interesting tour around this 17th century fort, which I learned from our very informative guide is the best preserved fort from the days of the Dutch East India Company. It was great wandering around the museum and getting a feel for how the former...More

Thank Mono_Jockos
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Reviewed 13 February 2018

You will need to have some time for the full experience. Check starting times of the tours. Once a tutorial of how to fire a canon is finished, you go on a 40 minute limited guided tour. Afterwords you can explore on your own. I'm...More

Thank culpepperscott
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Reviewed 10 February 2018 via mobile

For anyone used to seeing Northern Europe fortifications of the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries this would look very familiar. Arrowhead Bastions, central square, double lines of defence are all there. The guided tour is well worth doing as it explains well why the...More

Thank MarpleTraveller
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Reviewed 9 February 2018

This is said to be the first building built in Capetown. It is also the oldest colonial castle still standing in SA. Built in 1637 by the Dutch

Thank A Rajan P
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Reviewed 8 February 2018 via mobile

It was very Interesting to get an idea of how it was back in the days. Very European. Nice guide and lovely place

Thank Henriette1979
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Reviewed 8 February 2018

Lucky to arrive just at time a walking tour was starting, a young enthusiastic Guide took us around in a small group and was full of historical info

Thank Bob889
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thurstonbow
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.
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