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Kistenbosch National Botanica Garden. Attribution (center image): D. Didier

 Family Activities | Things to Do   CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

Castle of Good Hope

Indoor and Outdoor - Discover Cape Town's Rich History

The Castle of Good Hope is actually not a castle at all but a pentagon shaped fort. It was constructed by the Dutch East India Company over 13 years and construction was completed in 1679.  It is the oldest building in South Africa and houses the oldest bell in the country. It served as the residence of the Governor of the Cape and as a refreshment station for the Dutch East India Company ships on their way to the east.

You can take a tour offered periodically during the day or just explore on your own. You could easily spend up to half a day exploring this historic attraction. Put on good walking shoes because the only way around is on foot.

The Key Ceremony is performed on week days only and ends with the firing of the Signal Cannon.

The underground tunnel tour takes the visitor to the tunnels that once channeled fresh water to the city and a horse and carriage ride is like a trip back in time. The De Goewerner restaurant is available for meals while visiting.

Cape Town's Castle of Good Hope

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Hours of Operation

Gates open at 9:00 a.m. daily


Tour bookings:    Tel: +27 (0)21 787 1249 
No tours are offered on Sundays

Horse and Carriage Tours (pre-booking for the horse and carriage rides is essential ):
Tel: +27 (0)82 575 5669      

Tunnel Tours
Tel: +27 (0)82 482 4226

Miltary Tattoo - an annual event
If you are visiting Cape Town in November, you may want to take in the Military Tattoo held at the Castle.

Additional Information:
The fort is located well inland of the shore but this was not always the case. In its early years, the ocean waves often broke against the fort walls. Thanks to extensive land reclamation over the years, the fort is no longer at threat of being flooded.

The Castle of Good Hope is one of the stops for the Hop On Hop Off bus.

Contact information for the Castle of Good Hope

Cnr of Darling and Buitenkant Street, opposite the Grand Parade, Cape Town
Tel: +27 (0)21 464 1260/4

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