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Castle of Good Hope

Corner of Buitenkant and Strand streets, Cape Town, 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.
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  • Very good38%
  • Average30%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible4%
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“oldest building” (22 reviews)
“guided tour” (41 reviews)
“military museum” (20 reviews)
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Corner of Buitenkant and Strand streets, Cape Town, South Africa
+27 21 787 1249
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We have been to castles/forts before & this one isn't much different. Be sure to arrange your visit so you can witness the firing of the cannon. You walk around and in the various areas and its a fine way to waste a bit of...More

Thank dyna47
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had a couple of hours to kill before going to the airport so I have visited the castle since my hotel is not too far. The castle is rather a fortress. I have attented a demonstration of a cannon fire (which is the most...More

Thank aspis55
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The castle took 13 years to get built and even though not a single shot was made for a fight from the castle, it is an interesting site to view. First- it's more a fortress than a castle. By kids found it to be an...More

Thank rgrizane
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Castle of Good Hope. There is an interesting history associated with the Castle from the 1650's. Additionally during the visit there is a lot to see and read about - the museum, the governors and deputy governor's accommodation....More

Thank Michael C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

if you like history and reading....you will enjoy this walking tour. we did our own tour but recommend a guide.

Thank Cherry T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Honestly there are better places to spend a couple of hours than here in Cape Town. The museums are just show cases and there is nothing that really brings the Castle to life. Even the torture dungeon was a a let down, just a small...More

Thank Z1ggy66
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the sights we'd previously missed, we took the opportunity while nearby and found an interesting piece of history from when the Dutch East India Company was sailing the spice route and fortified the location for replenishment of its ships, using local stone and...More

Thank stanmansurrey
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The castle as it is called is still an active military garrison which has some very interesting guard changing ceremonies. It also houses one of the most famous South African art collections, with some very interesting perspectives of Table Mountain from artists who had never...More

Thank Robert M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited the Castle on 04 September which turned into a very humid day. The Castle has a miniature replica of the noon gun that is used for demonstration. Iziko Museum however need to reflect on the one sided history shared by the castle tour...More

Thank Letitia M
Reviewed 16 October 2017

This is really a cool castle and was a great view of Table Mountain in the background. You have to get there a certain time because if you donate some money, you get to shoot off the canon. One of my guest did it in...More

Thank 2bumdrifters
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28 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.