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Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town: 27 reviews and 58 photos

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The Castle of Good Hope is the oldest building in South Africa. 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,

The Castle of Good Hope opens daily at 09:00 and closes at 16:00.
Open from Monday to Sunday. The Castle is closed to the public on Christmas day (25 December) and New Year's day (01 January).
Guided tours are conducted by Castle guides from Monday to Saturday
at 11:00, 12:00 and 14:00.

Fee: R20 adults R10 children

Lots of authentic furniture, household goods to see. Visit the dungeon where criminals were kept. Creepy, mouldy, dark and damp.
Switch of the light to get a real feeling of the place. 5 seconds is too long. People were kept her for months and years.

This is a must see.

2006: Five years later nothing much has changed. Work on the balcony is completed and I could take a nice photo. The entrance fee is still the same. R10 also applies to students so I didn't have to pay the adult fee for Garreth which was nice.

Address: Strand Street
Directions: Across the road from the station.
Phone: +27-21-787 1249
Website: http://www.castleofgoodhope.co.za/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 16, 2006
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