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Castle of Good Hope

Cnr Darling and Buitenkant Streets, City Centre, Cape Town  
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A unique combination of cultural and military history, exhibitions and military ceremonies awaits you at the Castle of Good Hope. Also experience the dungeons, dolphin pool, blacksmith, cannon fire, horse and carriage rides and above all the tranquil atmosphere of the Castle of Good Hope.

Built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company, better known as the VOC (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie), this pentagonal fortification replaced a small clay and timber fort built in 1652 by Commander Jan van Riebeeck, founder of the maritime replenishment station at the Cape of Good Hope. The oldest building in South Africa, it is steeped in history but moving with the times.

The Castle lends itself to many present day activities, such as open air concerts with Table Mountain as a backdrop, film and fashion shoots as well as a variety of venues for corporate functions and conferences.

Guided tours are conducted by Castle guides from Monday to Saturday at 11:00, 12:00 and 14:00. Traditional ceremonies take place during weekdays. The Key Ceremony was performed in the Castle from its earliest days and depicts the unlocking of the Castle of Good Hope. This ceremony takes place at 10:00 and 12:00 during weekdays. The firing of the signal cannon directly after the Key Ceremony is symbolic to indicate the significance of cannons at the Castle of Good Hope. The Castle Guard performs both these ceremonies.

The Castle of Good Hope opens daily at 09:00 and closes at 16:00.

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*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

African LoveNest |
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Mutual Heights 811 |
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0.25km from Castle of Good Hope

This is a spacious and beautifully appointed apartment located in Cape Town, with lovely views of th...

AfriNest |
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1 night, 2 adults

AfriNest

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AfriNest is a vibrant apartment located in the heart of the city. It is in the oldest art deco build...

Train Lodge |
from R360
1 night, 2 adults

Train Lodge

Sleeps 48 City Centre Backpacker in City Centre
0.44km from Castle of Good Hope

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Backpackers District Six |
from R200
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Sleeps 16 Zonnebloem Backpacker in Zonnebloem
0.45km from Castle of Good Hope

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Four Seasons 1110 |
from R850
1 night, 2 adults

Four Seasons 1110

Sleeps 2 City Centre Self-catering in City Centre
0.47km from Castle of Good Hope

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Cape Citi-Loft |
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Heritage Loft |
from R995
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Heritage Loft

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0.60km from Castle of Good Hope

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In the City - AAA Apartment |
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