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Listed as a provincial heritage site, Castle of Good Hope represents a well-preserved 17th-century star fort initially used by the Dutch East India Company. Built between 1666 and 1679, the timber and clay pentagonal castle remains South Africa's oldest existing colonial structure. Once you reach the compound, which now houses the capital's mechanized infantry unit, you can explore the military museum and other ceremonial and exhibit facilities. You can also stop by one of two restaurants inside the castle to eat and relax. The site offers limited access for the elderly and disabled, but an electronic tour allows guests to visit certain points of interest without the use of stairs. Using our world travel planner, Cape Town attractions like Castle of Good Hope can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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Castle of Good Hope Reviews
This fort is surprisingly peaceful but gives an insight to early Cape Town military life. Walking along the ramparts is well worth it for the views. more »
This was our favourite attraction in Cape Town and excellent value at only 50 rand. We arrived just in time for a cannon firing which the guide made great fun. The free guided tour of the castle and..... more »
Always enjoy this place. We got to see them light a canon and fire it. It was amazing. The history and artefacts are awesome. Best to go early as it's good to spend lots of time there to enjoy it. Views are amazing. There are also plenty of venues for hire. Conference, party wedding, etc. They allow most events.
Definitely way more exciting and fun than I had expected. The guides are very knowledgeable and present the info in a way that even a non-history-loving person would enjoy. Definitely wouldn't miss this while in Capetown.
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