Castle of Good Hope
Castle of Good Hope
3.5
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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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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  • Fantajan
    Pretoria, South Africa349 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A tour for all ages with a captivating guide
    I recently visited my family which included three generations and we all enjoyed the visit. This had a lot to do with our tour guide, Derrick, who is an encyclopedia of information on the Castle and shared its history in an entertaining and engaging way. I highly recommended taking a guided tour with him to get a solid overview of the Castle, its history, and guidance on how to further explore the venue on your own. Derrick is deeply committed to the preservation of the Castle and its history and told us about how they have been able to generate income by working with production companies to use the Castle as a film set (including for the Woman King). Given how interested our family was in the history of the site, Derrick kindly offered to give us a behind the scenes tour of a few other areas of the Castle and introduced our ten-year old son to a colleague who builds models of tanks and other military paraphernalia, including for the museum's displays. My son was absolutely captivated. Even though it was a cold, dreary day, we spent several more hours walking around and visiting the various museums/displays within the Castle. My son enjoyed the tour so much that he insisted on going back to say goodbye to Derrick and his colleague before we left.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 19, 2023
  • Susan R
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating guided tour of the Castle of Good Hope
    We had a free tour with SHAMIER ROBERTSON, and he was awesome! He was articulate, extremely well-informed, and quite entertaining. A good mix of facts and humor. We would never have learned as much by reading the written guide on our own. One of the best guide experiences we've had yet.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written February 10, 2024
  • BobN06
    Avondale, Pennsylvania720 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth it for the history that is left
    The original castle of Cape Town that used to occupy a location on the waterfront. Now a bit of a neglected relic located near the former site of District Six with homeless encampments nearby. Despite the lack of upkeep many of the exhibits are quite interesting for a first time visitor to go through. Not sure I would plan a second visit. It is interesting to explore the spaces with recreated living quarters of the administrators, the jail cells and the ramparts where you can view where the original ocean front was.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 16, 2024
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SteveK
Los Angeles, CA168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Well worth the stop.

Highly focused, small military museum covers history of fort and broader military operations relevant to Cape history. Separate mini-museums on fort compound cover different aspects.

Military museum does a great job conveying history of area and why it matters. Modern facility with well-curated exhibits.

Military museum is included for anyone purchasing a fort ticket.

VISITED: 4 February 2022; foreign adult 50 ZAR; credit cards accepted
Written February 6, 2022
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Liesied87@gmail.com
Kenridge, South Africa13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
We took our Children for the 1st time and we as a family enjoyed it very much! But what stood out the most, was definitely our tour guide: Shamier Robertson 👌🏻💯
He had the entire crowd captivated, partaking and laughing. He is very knowledgeable and he's personality is just wonderful. He is very much proudly South African and we LOVED It!!
All the other staff were also friendly and the grounds were very neat👌🏻

👏🏻💟🇿🇦
Written July 20, 2022
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Susan M
Johannesburg, South Africa40 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
DISASTER!!!!!! This place is so badly kept, people should not even be charged for visiting. Dilapidated is not even the right word. 15 years ago was my first visit and it was spectacular. 15 years later we spent 10 minutes in that huge place and left. There is NOTHING left of that history to see. Some "African crafts" in one room and an "art exhibition" in what was once the "Herehuis". Grass and weeds throughout the paving. The lawns are full of weeds, the walls are cracked and painted some odd horrible uneven yellow. The lights that used to light up the outside are only wires left. The fountain inside has no water. The walkways around the place are dull and depressing. What a shame. Our government can look after nothing.
Written October 27, 2020
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Fantajan
Pretoria, South Africa349 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
I recently visited my family which included three generations and we all enjoyed the visit. This had a lot to do with our tour guide, Derrick, who is an encyclopedia of information on the Castle and shared its history in an entertaining and engaging way. I highly recommended taking a guided tour with him to get a solid overview of the Castle, its history, and guidance on how to further explore the venue on your own. Derrick is deeply committed to the preservation of the Castle and its history and told us about how they have been able to generate income by working with production companies to use the Castle as a film set (including for the Woman King). Given how interested our family was in the history of the site, Derrick kindly offered to give us a behind the scenes tour of a few other areas of the Castle and introduced our ten-year old son to a colleague who builds models of tanks and other military paraphernalia, including for the museum's displays. My son was absolutely captivated. Even though it was a cold, dreary day, we spent several more hours walking around and visiting the various museums/displays within the Castle. My son enjoyed the tour so much that he insisted on going back to say goodbye to Derrick and his colleague before we left.
Written July 19, 2023
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GeneralShamu
New York City, NY1,134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Visited here after doing a township tour. Total time needed is 2-3 hours, just ensure you take part in one of the free public tours they offer every hour or so. If you show up at a non-ideal time, just explore the area inside a bit before joining the next available tour. Restrooms located inside and clean.

In terms of parking, ensure you park within the complex's outer walls and not by the street.
Written December 11, 2022
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Chris M
Liverpool, UK52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
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 grounds was very informative.
There are also 3 museums in the castle which we enjoyed looking around.
After visiting the castle we had learned a lot more about the early history of the Dutch and British in Cape Town.
Written January 30, 2020
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BobN06
Avondale, PA720 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The original castle of Cape Town that used to occupy a location on the waterfront. Now a bit of a neglected relic located near the former site of District Six with homeless encampments nearby. Despite the lack of upkeep many of the exhibits are quite interesting for a first time visitor to go through. Not sure I would plan a second visit. It is interesting to explore the spaces with recreated living quarters of the administrators, the jail cells and the ramparts where you can view where the original ocean front was.
Written May 16, 2024
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Erin S
Lakewood, CA109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Lots of history here; we lucked out and arrived just as the free guided tour was starting. He was friendly, fun and knowledgeable, and it made the visit more worth while. Tip: climb to the top of the roof in the corner closest to Signal Hill to see the JUSTICE tribute; it is very moving, and a great view / photo op of the city, too.
Written August 31, 2022
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Logisticlady
Doncaster, United Kingdom64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The castle is divided into separate areas, each with lots of interesting historical information. We only had a few hours to spare so could not take full advantage of this. We were lucky enough to see the The Key Ceremony which takes place on weekdays at 10 am and the Change of Guards at 12 o'clock, both great photo opportunities . The cafe in the grounds serves wonderful icecream:)
Written April 3, 2020
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Louise O
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We have been twice before and usually The Castle is a great outing, with a lot of rich history behind it and very well looked after. The receptionist was lovely, but unfortunately this time the visit was so dissappointing. The building is no longer looked after the way it use to be. There was a flea market within the premises, a DJ, a public zumba class, half the musuem was closed or unaccessible - it just felt like there was no history left to the building and that is so sad. No story to tell. Not worth it for overseas visitors.
Written January 19, 2024
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