Get an authentic taste of the Mother City’s earliest days with a visit to the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa. Venture through the Castle of Good Hope observing the many art and photography exhibitions that depict the historic start of the city. The Castle Military Museum is also available, as well as the William Fehr Collection which boasts an impressive collection art, antique Cape furniture and other historic collectables. Embark on one of the castle’s daily tours (11:00, 12:00 and 14:00), showcasing South Africa’s shared heritage and military history. Watch the performing of the Key Ceremony, replicating the ceremonial unlocking of the signal canon which is then fired to the delight of onlookers.
Cnr. of Castle and Darling Street
09h00 - 16h45
Every day - this ticket is valid for single entry for 14 days after the chosen date
Closed 25 December and 01 January
Key Ceremony: 10h00 & 12h00
Canon firing 10h00, 11h00 & 12h00
Guided tours: 10h00, 11h00, 12h00, 14h00, 15h00 & 16h00
Souvenirs, food, drinks
The castle was built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company. It served as a stop-over for ships sailing the Spice Route. The castle forms a pentagonal shape, and the five bastions of the star are the Leerdam to the west, and clockwise from it the Buuren, Katzenellenbogen, Nassau and Oranje. The original fortress was geared with cells which were used during the Second Boer War from 1899-1902, when part of the castle was also used as a prison. Apart from the military function, it has also had luxurious living quarters, shops, workshops and even a small church and bakery. The Castle of Good Hope was declared a national monument in 1936 and is considered the oldest colonial building in South Africa.