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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 2 days ago

Last day before we left and the cable car to Table Mt. and the Ferris Wheel on the waterfront were both closed due to high winds. Seeing this castle was just perfect, but still windy. We were there just in time to see the canon...More

Thank Jean Ann F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Although not spectacular, it was a nice place to spend some time while waiting for the weather to improve on table mountain. You can get some nice views from the walls, the castle itself is nothing special and not that well taken care of. The...More

Thank Sam A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm not sure if my first mistake was strolling around without a guide, but the bits I saw were terribly boring. Knowing a bit about the castle, I know it has more to offer. My advice would be to take a guided tour, although I...More

Thank Christiaan_Boonzaier
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was surprised by the Castle of Good Hope as it didn't look like any castle that I have seen overseas. We had an entertaining guide who took us around, sharing his stories and helping us to experience the Castle as it could have been....More

Thank Sharon T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting tour of the castle of good hope, our visit coincided with a cannon demonstration which enthralled my boys. Not much in the way of a coffee shop though.

Thank kerrysidwellwilson
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want to find out more about Cape Town's history we recommend you visit the castle. Provides a lot of detail but you need to expend the effort and time to explore the castle yourself. The key ceremony is interesting and some of the...More

Thank TheFreenes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Disappointment compared to our 1st visit few years back. Place seems rather run down, broken stuff stored everywhere, most rooms closed, governor's residence (main attraction) closed for renovations, which limits the exhibits. Entry price should then be lowered as the main attraction is closed. World...More

1  Thank Susan M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our visit to the Castle was very informative. The guide provided the information on the Castle in a very pleasant and informative way, which made the history come alive. The firring of the canon provided for quite a spectacular event and is well worth the...More

2  Thank BosveldBielie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ordinary castle, with minimal exhibits in the museum. No guide support to understand the history or depictions. No written material to help the visitors smoothen their visit. But the entry fee has been kept at very nominal rate.

1  Thank dryashmanchanda
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I stumbled on the Castle of Good Hope while walking around Cape Town. I'm really glad we went in. Admission was cheap (approx 30 rand which for us was $3 AUD each), the tour guide was really informative and the history was...More

1  Thank 000Mickey000
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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.