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Address: 11 Kotze Road | Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, Johannesburg 2001, South Africa
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+27 11 381 3100
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Nowhere can the story of South Africa's turbulent past and its...

Nowhere can the story of South Africa's turbulent past and its extraordinary transition to democracy be told as it is at Constitution Hill. Constitution Hill is a national heritage site situated in the Johannesburg CBD and is home to the Constitutional Court of South Africa- the highest court in the country on constitutional matters. Once a place of injustice and brutality, where South Africa's leading political activists, including Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi, were detained, the site has been transformed into a place of solidarity and democracy, home to the Women's Gaol museum, Number Four Museum, and Old Fort Museum. Apart from its engaging and gripping exhibitions, Constitution Hill is also open to the public for guided tours and has become an important platform for Heritage, Education, and Tourism related programmes. The vast variety of programmes hosted at Constitution Hill enable us to embrace current issues, celebrate days of national significance, address matters of public interest and create a forum for public debate. With its rich history and character Constitution Hill boasts of ideal platforms to educate and learn about South Africa's story. ConHill, as it is famously known, also offers a variety of multi-purpose venues, suitable for conferencing, performances, a large array of events and for public activities and programmes.

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We visited the prison facilities with a very good guide - he really made us feel in minuscle how awful it must have been here. Very depressing, very emotional und then with the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Neunkirchen-Seelscheid, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited the prison facilities with a very good guide - he really made us feel in minuscle how awful it must have been here. Very depressing, very emotional und then with the combination of the 2 exhibitions (photografic and Gandhi/Madhiba) as well as the wonderful wonderful constitutional court our feelings were really uplifted. Worth every minute!

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited Constitution Hill in the late afternoon and first did the tour of the old jail before visiting the new Constitutional Court. The jail is like many of the old jails with tiny cells and lost of evidence of the horrendous conditions including poor nutrition, inadequate shower facilities, flooding in the cells, horrific solitary confinement blocks, etc. From the... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I love that the court is open to the public, such an important institution to South Africans. The artwork in the foyer is amazing, and then you also get to tour the jails and really get immersed in the life of political prisoners as an added benefit. The 11 official languages are represented on the court building one of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Constitution Hill was an eye opener, our guide talked us through the history of the jail, the segregation of prisoners and the way forward with the building of the high court! A worthwhile trip.

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ConHill-SA, Public Relations Manager at Constitution Hill, responded to this review

Dear 19Terri62, Thank you for your visit to Conhill. We are pleased that you enjoyed your guided tour of the site. We hope you will return soon, Best regards, Constitution Hill More 

Benin City, Nigeria
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great job. Am impressed at what I see. Smart tour guard you got... Nice history that represent the black race.

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ConHill-SA, Public Relations Manager at Constitution Hill, responded to this review

Dear Kessington O, Thank you fr sharing your opinion of the site. It is wonderful to hear yhat you enjoyed your visit. We hope that you will continue to share about ConHill with friends and family. Thank you. Constitution Hill More 

Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took the guided tour which was well worth doing. Our guide was highly knowledge and provided an inspiring account of the history of the prison, its surroundings and the Supreme Court. Above all she provided us with her own insights into life in South Africa past and present. She was very generous with her time staying onto talk after... More 

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ConHill-SA, Public Relations Manager at Constitution Hill, responded to this review

Dear MKEG2014, Thank you for your wonderful review of our site! We We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the tour, as well as the tour of the Constitutional Court, and that your tour guide gave you exceptional service. We do hope that you will continue to share the word about ConHill to friends and family. Best regards, Constitution... More 

Welgemoed, Western Cape, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visiting Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct as part of a Red Bus City Tour was thought provoking and inspiring. Our guide, Ntsika Gqomfa, was really personable and his depth of knowledge not only about the history surrounding Constitution Hill but also many related topics was most impressive. The experience was uplifting despite being a stark reminder of a very dark... More 

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ConHill-SA, Public Relations Manager at Constitution Hill, responded to this review

Dear Wilsia M, Thank you for visiting our site, and sharing your experience. We will be sure to commend Ntsika for his high level of service and ensuring that your tour was memorable. Thank you once again, and we hope you will continue to recommend ConHill to family and friends. Best regards, Constitution Hill More 

Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We only had about two hours here and could have spent a whole afternoon. Our guide was excellent in explaining the history and bringing the stories of the prisoners alive. It was a terrible place but it is great that SA has kept it and restored it. It is a testament to the history of their country. I would highly... More 

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ConHill-SA, Public Relations Manager at Constitution Hill, responded to this review

Dear debg924, Thank you for your visit and review of the site. We are pleased that you enjoyed your guided tour which is part of your admission ticket, as they explain in more detail about the site. We do hope that you will return to South Africa and come and explore the site more. Thank you and best regards, Constitution... More 

Queenstown, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

That was an experience of my life, room was very cool and the BIG DOOR was TALL I've never seen such DOOR like that. But all in all I've learn and enjoyed my visit at CORACTION HILL, and the people who work there were so kind and helpful. So guys big-up and teach/give our young stars the good knowledge that... More 

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ConHill-SA, Public Relations Manager at Constitution Hill, responded to this review

Dear onke1madonono, Thank you for your visit to Constitution Hill. We are pleased that you enjoyed your experience of ConHill and all you learnt there, including the Constitutional Court door which is a 9-metre high door with the 27 rights carved on it. We hope you will keep sharing the word about the site to friends and family. Best regards,... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was really informative, clean facilities and touching stories about the prisoner's living conditions in the prison.

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ConHill-SA, Public Relations Manager at Constitution Hill, responded to this review

Dear faithr898, Thank you for visiting Conhill. We hope you will continue to share the word about ConHill to friends are family. Best regards, Constitution Hill More 

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