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Castle of Good Hope

Corner of Buitenkant and Strand streets, Cape Town Central 8001, 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.
  • Excellent20%
  • Very good38%
  • Average30%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible4%
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“military museum” (25 reviews)
“oldest building” (23 reviews)
“guided tour” (45 reviews)
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Corner of Buitenkant and Strand streets, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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+27 21 787 1249
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"military museum"
in 25 reviews
"oldest building"
in 23 reviews
"guided tour"
in 45 reviews
"torture chamber"
in 16 reviews
"cannon firing"
in 9 reviews
"the dutch east india company"
in 11 reviews
"love history"
in 7 reviews
"early days"
in 6 reviews
"entrance fee"
in 15 reviews
"town's history"
in 8 reviews
"free tour"
in 7 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 22 reviews
"great history"
in 6 reviews
"couple of hours"
in 8 reviews
"table mountain"
in 24 reviews
"restoration"
in 11 reviews
"soldiers"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Depending on your interest and time, you can spend even upto 3-4 hours. Visit with a guide, otherwise you will not get the historical significance of anything.

Thank Sujatha M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place offers nothing but a few paintings whose artists never saw the glory of Table mountain or the South African coastline.

Thank BangkokAndy1976
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the castle and did a guided tour. Very well run and some really interesting facts. Tour took about and hour and we visited some of the museum displays afterwards. Well worth a visit to learn more about the city’s history. TIPS: 1. Do...More

Thank CaptCapeTown
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Important place for South Africa’s history. In the castle you will find different museums, a small gift shop and a small cafe.

Thank klasherman
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Disappointing. No brochures/maps, no guidance, no signs. The entire staff disinterested and disengaged. You buy a ticket with no advice or guidance or brochure. The staff just sits around in chairs. Poorly curated. Walked around aimlessly. little signage. I got absolutely nothing out of this...More

Thank MAreviewer
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

How awesome to put my history lessons into reality. If our guide was right, my history lessons might have been wrong! How amazing to see such an old, mostly original part of our South African history. Quite scary what was accomplished all those years ago.

Thank Stoemie
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The intent is good but the place is falling in disrepair. Plants growing through the mortar, paint peeling off, mote full of garbage. Sometimes things like this add to the cachet of a place but in this case it shows little attention to an important...More

Thank Mike5466
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Highly recommend a visit to the castle, great to see and hear about the history of the town. The tour is free which is brilliant and we learnt so much. Our tour guide, so sorry can’t remember his name, was fantastic and new to the...More

Thank mightypink6
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Reviewed 10 March 2018

Walking into the Castle its hard to imagine it used to be on the coastline as so much land has be reclaimed around it. The wife and I decided to walk down from our hotel for a visit we were quite impressed with the size...More

Thank Barry B
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Reviewed 10 March 2018

The Castle of Goodhope is in a world of it's own and it's hard to imagine once inside you are in the middle of Cape Town. No need to worry about parking because it has it's own and your vehicle is safe because a member...More

Thank Jenny0053
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thurstonbow
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.
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