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“Make sure you bring a torch!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Castle of Good Hope

Castle of Good Hope
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City Tour of Cape Town
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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.
Melbourne, Australia
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“Make sure you bring a torch!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 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”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 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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Pretoria, South Africa
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“The Castle of Good Hope”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

I must say I have mixed feelings of the Castle. It was nice to be inside of the oldest building in South Africa and be part of the history but what irritated me was the fact that inside the house you could not take photos. The horse cart riding at the castle and in CBD of Cape Town was very nice and the man explained the history of Cape town. I would recommend that to everybody but the castle it self was not that impressive.

Visited September 2013
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New York
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“Interesting from a historical perspective - guide was hard to understand”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2013

We generally enjoy visiting places of a historical nature. However, our tour was spoiled by the difficult to understand accent of our guide. I am a linguist and speak multiple languages so I generally NEVER have any trouble understand people when they speak heavily accented English. That said, even to my trained ears, I got about 70% of what our guide was telling us. After straining to understand everything for the first half hour, I gave up and just walked around and absorbed the scenery. The Castle was the original Dutch settlement. What is particularly interesting is that at the time it was built, the Castle was at the edge of the sea. Over the years, with much quarrying from Table Mountain, the settlers and subsequent inhabitants reclaimed quite a bit of land by filling in several acres in front of the Castle so it's no longer by the sea. At its peak, about 500 people lived in this self contained community. The most interesting part was one of the three museums on site that housed furnishings from the 1600 and 1700's that were in immaculate condition.

Visited October 2013
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Pretoria, South Africa
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“So nice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2013

We took lots of pictures. The flowers are so beautiful with the stone walls in the background. Went there a number of years ago before the water surrounding the walls were restored. Now it is so beautiful. Near to a number of other attractions and lovely to walk about late afternoon when we also saw the changing of the flags on top of the wall and that specific day the soldiers did not see that when they changed the large daytime flags with the small ones, they accidentally raised one of the flags upside down - made a unique picture.

Visited April 2013
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