Castle of Good Hope
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Castle Street

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Museums, Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
3.9scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

This star-shaped fortress at the heart of Cape Town is the oldest surviving building in South Africa. Constructed in the late 17th century by the Dutch East India Company, the Castle of Good Hope acted as the center of colonial Cape Town's administration and armed forces. While it's still the region's military stronghold, the Castle of Good Hope also houses a several museums. Guided tours are offered both on foot and by horse-drawn carriage. If you can, try to plan your visit around the Key Ceremony, which is marked by the firing of the Signal Cannon.

One TripAdvisor user says that the Castle of Good Hope is a great activity if you're traveling as a family. "Bring the kids to see the changing of the guards. Not Buckingham Palace […] but it has a charm of its own." 

The Castle of Good Hope is open every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (with last entry at 3:30 p.m.), and the Key Ceremony takes place Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. and noon. Guided tours are offered Monday through Saturday at 11 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. Admission to the castle costs 28 ZAR (just under $4 USD) for adults and 12 ZAR (about $1.50 USD) for children. To learn more about the attractions and activities found here, visit the Castle of Good Hope's website.

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