Noon Gun

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Head up Signal Hill to see the the oldest guns in daily use in the world! Cape Town’s oldest living tradition is the Noon Gun, fired every day at 12 pm sharp, except Sundays and public holidays. The 18-pounder, smoothbore muzzle-loaders are still in use today!

These are the oldest cannons in daily use in the world. There are actually two on top of the Signal Hill overlooking Table Bay,  one is a back-up should the other misfire.

The Noon Gun originated so that ships which had been at sea and lost track of the correct time could re-set their clocks. Even quite far out at sea they could hear the sound, and if not, they would still see the puff of smoke and could work it out from there.

Today the sound of this daily Cape Town tradition echoes through the City Bowl, and Capetonians check their watches with a smile. You can watch the daily ritual up on Signal Hill at Lion Battery, from 11:30. To get there head up Military Street in the Bo-Kaap to the Noon Gun. Look for for the sign-post on Buitengracht Street.

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Noon Gun - It was wonderful to hear the gun at close range. But I'm a South Africkan citisen im very dissapointed in the way the base look like people only come the to see the Noon Gun went of they also want to explose the base. The toilets are clean but the siteseing is in a poor condition. Isnt there a way that they can clean up the place. I want to go down where the halls and roos was you cant go in there its full of rubbish and dark. Come on people its an attraction site for many people, clean up the place and let the people see the historical room underneath the guns. There is so many visitor there its shameful to see the place falling apart.

hanna soares
South Africa

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Mahogany Villa

Sleeps 8 Sea Point Self-catering in Sea Point
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from R1,400
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One on One High Level Road

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from R1,000
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Boundary Road Apartment

Sleeps 2 Green Point Self-catering in Green Point
0.42km from Noon Gun

This is a small self-catering apartment located in a security complex, in the beautiful and eclectic...

from R3,500
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79 Loader

Sleeps 6 De Waterkant Private Home, De Waterkant Self-catering in De Waterkant
0.42km from Noon Gun

This is a beautifully renovated, historic three-storey Edwardian terrace house located in the trendy...

from R1,995
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Loader St Magical Home

Sleeps 5 De Waterkant Self-catering in De Waterkant
0.42km from Noon Gun

Loader St Magical Home is a delightful two-bedroom cottage, with spectacular views of the harbour an...

from R590
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Bluegum Hill Guesthouse

Sleeps 14 Green Point Guest House in Green Point
0.42km from Noon Gun

Bluegum Hill is set on the slopes of Signal Hill with its indigenous bluegum trees, aloes and guinea...

from R1,680
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Harbour View Apartment

Sleeps 4 De Waterkant Self-catering in De Waterkant
0.42km from Noon Gun

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hanna soares - 17 January 2013