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Castle of Good Hope

Corner of Buitenkant and Strand streets, Cape Town Central, 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%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible4%
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Corner of Buitenkant and Strand streets, Cape Town Central, South Africa
+27 21 787 1249
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is worth the stop. They have great guides inside to cover the history of the fort which is also a great overview of the early days of Cape Town. Leave two hours, Parking is tough.

Thank OKLonghorn_Guy
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Loved the history of early settlement by Europeans in South Africa. What I did not love is the fact that the main house have been closed for ages now. Lots of rooms look like they are used as storage for broken furniture and everything just...More

Thank Jakofsa
Reviewed 1 week ago

I WAS extremely exited about going here. I'm looking at it objectively. Tourists are led to empty rooms, being told stories of once upon a time. Three spots have actual "stuff" in it. One had swords, that was cool! And the other furniture. Another military...More

Thank RonaCCB
Reviewed 1 week ago

Walking around the castle on a very calm day - very few tourists. Really nicely restored bringing the castle back to the origin. Happy to see that there weren't any dolphins in the dolphin pool -)

Thank JaneBis
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Revisit to this historic Fort aborted. The presence of the bus and train station, no designated parking, lack of signs, aggressive pan handlers and lack of law enforcement presence makes this more a visit to Skid Row than a tourist attraction and is best bypassed....More

Thank George G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you consider the significance of this relatively small piece of ground in not only South African history but that of the word over all, I would say this is one of the most underrated experiences. It was beautiful, fascinating and humbling. To realize that...More

Thank Coincut
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been to the castle a few times over the years, the whole experience has not changed a lot. It is still very informative and a good to learn more about the castle as well as cape town's history in the early days. There...More

Thank arpegiator
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This defensive fortress is very well preserved, and the staff (serving service personnel) friendly and knowledgeable. We were there for an evening function, and wished we'd gone earlier for a full tour.

1  Thank yycyycyyc
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is worth a visit.make sure you get a guide. The ones I followed were well informed and had vivid senses of humour. They made an already thought provoking and interesting tour worthwhile.

1  Thank Roland J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was the first defence built by the Dutch East India Company in the 1600s when trying to keep the Cape to themselves as a supply site for their trade route to the east. Difficult to believe the sea used to lap the massive walls...More

1  Thank D8533FQmichellel
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Hi there. Does anyone know how long the renovations will be ongoing?
27 November 2015|
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Response from Marf13669 | Reviewed this property |
I really don't have an answer for this site as I'm back in the "States."