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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

City Hall in Cape town features the balcony from which Nelson Mandela gave his famous speech on his release in 1990. That's a good enough reason to visit it, but the building is pretty impressive regardless of it's history.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank seagullrob
Reviewed 16 November 2018

This is a nice older historical building in central Cape Town. I enjoyed seeing it because it is so different than most of the rest of the modern city. Also, this building has a great prominent location in the city, plus there are lots of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank finesilver
Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

you can only view the facade and not enter the building. There has just been erected a statue of Mandela to mark his 100 years on the balcony where he gave his speech. Made it worth stopping off at briefing.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Llama44
Reviewed 31 July 2018

This Edwardian building, constructed soon after Queen Victoria's demise, is still one of the most graciously-proportioned buildings in Cape Town. The building materials, granite sourced from Table Mountain and limestone from Bath UK merge seamlessly together to add to the grandeur of the structure. Tata...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Jilldutoit
Reviewed 22 June 2018

This old historic building has numerous sculptures on its facade and is just a piece of grand design and building. Of course the fact that Mandela made his first speech after being released from prison from the balcony also adds to the allure.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Klaus G
Reviewed 24 January 2018

The building is lovely. This is the location of lots of South Africa history. Very cool to see and to just be there. There is a flea market in the lot across the street. It is very easy to find, across from the Castle.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank MadDogTraveler
Reviewed 26 November 2017 via mobile

City Hall is a marvellous work of Architecture holding historical significance for Cape Town. Three years ago on our previous visit to the city, we had walked up to the first floor balcony for good views of a Parade taking place on the street below...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank X1105XOashleya
Reviewed 11 November 2017

This massive edifice, with its elegant facade, was built in a grandiose style in 1905 from, honey-colored limestone imported from Bath, England, and is typical of the town halls that populate the British Empire. It is best known for its balcony on which Nelson Mandela...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank CJW913
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Beautiful building with lots of history. Mandela' gave his first speech here in 1990 after serving 27 years in prison. The Parade grounds are across the street. Vendor stalls here. Stop and take a few pictures and then continue on to the Castle of Good...More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank xfooey
Reviewed 15 September 2017

This is an historic stop along most walking tours. There is little to see inside but if the walls could talk, the story is in the area around the outside of the building and things that have taken place there

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Tim R
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