Castle of Good Hope

Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town Central: Hours, Address, Castle of Good Hope Reviews: 3.5/5

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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Mohamed farah
Eden Prairie, MN3 contributions
Solo
Visiting one time is enough to know or understand 500 yrs history in 2 or 3 hours. There’s no that much gonna make you to come back.
Written 31 July 2022
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Kenridge, South Africa4 contributions
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 20 July 2022
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Nick
Nottingham, UK180 contributions
We spent a couple of hours here. There's a good amount to see, read and learn. The military part is particularly interesting.

Make sure you go upstairs onto the roof area, it's not well signposted.

Definitely worth a visit, try and tag it onto the nearby District Six Museum.
Written 1 June 2022
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warren14
Madison, WI32 contributions
Cape Muslim and Slave Heritage Museum located within the Cape of Good Hope Castle

I had the opportunity to visit the Cape of Good Hope Castle known within Cape Town as “the castle” Sunday afternoon May 8th and was really impressed with the collection. In addition I had the opportunity to meet with the Curator Igshaan Higgins, the curator, an activist, and attorney. Of course I can’t promise that you can meet him at the Museum but if he is there chat him up that is what we did and were treated to an “insiders” tour of the presentations and his background plans and intentions with the collection.

Speaking of the collections contains in excess of 1 000 artefacts and works of art. This museum narrates the unedited history of the Cape by exploring the arrival of the Dutch East Indian Company, British Imperialism, the slave trade, the emancipation of the slaves, the vibrant cultures of District Six and Bo-Kaap (the Iziko Bo-Kaap is the historic area that became home to many Muslims and freed slaves after the abolition of slavery in 1834) and the contribution of Muslim, Jewish, Christian, African and Asian diasporas in shaping contemporary South African culture.

I took a few photos naturally from my interests but trust me you will find something or everything of interest in your visit to this museum that seems to be underrated in the Tourism of the Cape. Enjoy!
Written 9 May 2022
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N3petruc
Covington, WA52 contributions
Couples
We never made it inside due to being jumped right out front. My husband and I fought off the dude that jumped me and tried to rob me. We made it through okay but be very aware in this location. It happened right out front of the entrance.
Written 16 March 2022
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Kevin A
Pretoria, South Africa219 contributions
While I generally love sites like this for their history and architecture, this site unfortunately is falling apart and in need of some care and maintenance. Lacking signage for the most part, full of litter, crumbling... it can be skipped.
Written 13 March 2022
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SteveK
Los Angeles, CA179 contributions
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 6 February 2022
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3 219 contributions
When the Dutch started to settle their first concerns were food, shelter and security. So immediately after their arrival in 1652 they started building 'Fort de Goede Hoop'. Initially just a structure of clay and wood. When being faced by a potential threat from England, the East India Company (VOC) eventually decided to have a more solid stone fort built here. By 17th century standards it is an impressive structure with thick walls, bastions and secure gates.

Nowadays the fort houses interesting exhibitions. The most important being the one in the former administrative section of the castle called the William Fehr collection. It shows Dutch, but mainly British colonial art objects such as paintings and furniture. Care has been taken to alert visitors the exhibits reflect the vision of the colonial power and not the experience of the local population and others who were oppressed. The very few items representing local life are highlighted.
Very well done.

Entrance fee 50 Rand
Written 16 November 2021
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Stephanie M
Johannesburg, South Africa192 contributions
We went on a very quiet day in lockdown. We could park right inside. Cashier staff were helpful and efficient.
We did our own tour at leisure and explored and asked questions which were obligingly answered.
We didn't find the sign posting to the different areas all that clear.
An informative couple of hours that we enjoyed and learnt lots.
Written 17 January 2021
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Gabriella
3 contributions
Family
Such an amazing experience. Our tour guide Shamier was over and beyond excellent. He was extremely knowledgeable and able to answer questions without it sounding revised. His passion is so clearly seen in the amazing work he does. The castle itself has so much history but Shamier brought it to life. Would definitely recommend going to the castle and doing the tour.
Written 17 January 2021
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