Castle of Good Hope
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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  • Fantajan
    Pretoria, South Africa331 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A tour for all ages with a captivating guide
    I recently visited my family which included three generations and we all enjoyed the visit. This had a lot to do with our tour guide, Derrick, who is an encyclopedia of information on the Castle and shared its history in an entertaining and engaging way. I highly recommended taking a guided tour with him to get a solid overview of the Castle, its history, and guidance on how to further explore the venue on your own. Derrick is deeply committed to the preservation of the Castle and its history and told us about how they have been able to generate income by working with production companies to use the Castle as a film set (including for the Woman King). Given how interested our family was in the history of the site, Derrick kindly offered to give us a behind the scenes tour of a few other areas of the Castle and introduced our ten-year old son to a colleague who builds models of tanks and other military paraphernalia, including for the museum's displays. My son was absolutely captivated. Even though it was a cold, dreary day, we spent several more hours walking around and visiting the various museums/displays within the Castle. My son enjoyed the tour so much that he insisted on going back to say goodbye to Derrick and his colleague before we left.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 19 July 2023
  • Susan R
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating guided tour of the Castle of Good Hope
    We had a free tour with SHAMIER ROBERTSON, and he was awesome! He was articulate, extremely well-informed, and quite entertaining. A good mix of facts and humor. We would never have learned as much by reading the written guide on our own. One of the best guide experiences we've had yet.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 February 2024
  • BobN06
    Avondale, Pennsylvania631 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth it for the history that is left
    The original castle of Cape Town that used to occupy a location on the waterfront. Now a bit of a neglected relic located near the former site of District Six with homeless encampments nearby. Despite the lack of upkeep many of the exhibits are quite interesting for a first time visitor to go through. Not sure I would plan a second visit. It is interesting to explore the spaces with recreated living quarters of the administrators, the jail cells and the ramparts where you can view where the original ocean front was.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 May 2024
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BobN06
Avondale, PA631 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The original castle of Cape Town that used to occupy a location on the waterfront. Now a bit of a neglected relic located near the former site of District Six with homeless encampments nearby. Despite the lack of upkeep many of the exhibits are quite interesting for a first time visitor to go through. Not sure I would plan a second visit. It is interesting to explore the spaces with recreated living quarters of the administrators, the jail cells and the ramparts where you can view where the original ocean front was.
Written 16 May 2024
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Susan R
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We had a free tour with SHAMIER ROBERTSON, and he was awesome! He was articulate, extremely well-informed, and quite entertaining. A good mix of facts and humor. We would never have learned as much by reading the written guide on our own. One of the best guide experiences we've had yet.
Written 10 February 2024
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Wanderering1
Lake Macquarie, Australia732 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Interesting experience covering the period since Dutch Colonisation. Built in the style of an old ‘star fort’, it covers a large area, offers free guided tours, has toilet facilities and a coffee shop. Admission costs R50. Inside you can access the battlements, the ‘Torture Room’ and the Provost (military police cells) as well as other areas.
Written 27 January 2024
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Louise O
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We have been twice before and usually The Castle is a great outing, with a lot of rich history behind it and very well looked after. The receptionist was lovely, but unfortunately this time the visit was so dissappointing. The building is no longer looked after the way it use to be. There was a flea market within the premises, a DJ, a public zumba class, half the musuem was closed or unaccessible - it just felt like there was no history left to the building and that is so sad. No story to tell. Not worth it for overseas visitors.
Written 19 January 2024
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Ian H
Melbourne, Australia29 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Run down, Cafe had flies everywhere, rushed guided tour with I blighter hand out for money at end, and then had to leave due to load shedding,not to mention the stench of the shanty town outside
Written 17 January 2024
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Wanderer11163666405
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Very disappointing, it is very neglected. It looks bad. And it is such a historical place that I cant believe that it is so bad taken care of.
Written 27 December 2023
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Yvette
5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Pictures on tripadsor and viator not true and updated. Hartbroken and disappointed to see the neglect of a once proud heritage. Simple things like mowing the lawn, painting the building. Why have private parties on the lawn, where are the guards?Guides dressed in proper clothing? Put Jan and Maria' statues here at their home?
Written 19 August 2023
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Fantajan
Pretoria, South Africa331 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
I recently visited my family which included three generations and we all enjoyed the visit. This had a lot to do with our tour guide, Derrick, who is an encyclopedia of information on the Castle and shared its history in an entertaining and engaging way. I highly recommended taking a guided tour with him to get a solid overview of the Castle, its history, and guidance on how to further explore the venue on your own. Derrick is deeply committed to the preservation of the Castle and its history and told us about how they have been able to generate income by working with production companies to use the Castle as a film set (including for the Woman King). Given how interested our family was in the history of the site, Derrick kindly offered to give us a behind the scenes tour of a few other areas of the Castle and introduced our ten-year old son to a colleague who builds models of tanks and other military paraphernalia, including for the museum's displays. My son was absolutely captivated. Even though it was a cold, dreary day, we spent several more hours walking around and visiting the various museums/displays within the Castle. My son enjoyed the tour so much that he insisted on going back to say goodbye to Derrick and his colleague before we left.
Written 19 July 2023
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JoandBarry
Hunston, UK680 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
My husband and I walked here from the district 6 museum a few minutes away and arrived at about 2.40pm. We paid 50zar each to get in and asked about guided tours but was told the last one was at 2pm. The lady pointed to a very basic map of the site and said we could take a photo to help guide our way around.

We went through to the main court yard and had our lunch on a bench, noticing a few staff members dotted around who mainly looked to be on their mobile phones. We then tried to navigate our way around, trying to open various closed doors to no avail.

We did go up some steps to the top of the walls and get a few photos of table top mountain before heading back down. We read a few mounted information boards which had a little information about some buildings and features such as the pool and went into the torture room which consisted of one mounted cat of nine tails whip. One stocks and a cellar, which was pitch black with the light not working. We also climbed two flights of outdoors stairs to an open door only to find some sort of private conference or meeting going on. We then spent a few minutes in the art collection rooms and headed towards the militarily museum section at 3.30 only to see a staff member locking the doors. When we asked why, she said that section was owned by a different museum, which shut at a different time. We were not told this when we arrived. Otherwise, would have headed there first. The information offered about any of the exhibits was kept to a bear minimal, and there were no staff around that seemed willing to tell you more or navigate you. Surely, printing out an A4 black and white map indicating where exhibits are (and closing times!) would help tourists!

Over-all spent about an hour there and 15 minutes of that was eating our packed lunch. Most staff seemed uninterested and were on their phone and despite saying it closes at 5pm it was pretty clear they wanted people to leave at about 3.30. The most helpful thing staff did for us was ring a taxi for us to get back to our hotel! Waste of time and money.
Written 3 June 2023
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okiesooner09
Oklahoma380 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Admission is inexpensive, around $2.50. We were able to get in on the noon guided tour. They call this a castle but it is actually an old fort built in the 1600s. It is huge. Our guide began in the museum then took us to the officers quarters, the jail, dungeon and torture chamber.

There are other museums within the fort. One is the governor’s home. It is furnished with items from the 17th through the 19th centuries. There is a huge table on the second floor that would serve dozens of people. There is also an art gallery. There is lots of stair climbing.
Written 16 May 2023
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