Castle of Good Hope
Built in 1666 beneath the imposing silhouette of the iconic Table Mountain, the Castle of Good Hope is a priceless piece of Cape History. To really get an authentic taste and grasp of the Mother City’s beginnings, this should be every traveller’s first stop.
The Castle of Good Hope is the oldest surviving building in South Africa and has been the centre of civilian, political and military life in the Cape since 1666.
In its current state, the Castle is considered to be one of the best examples of preserved 17th century DEIC architecture in the world. The Castle is currently undergoing renovation – for the first time in 20 years – which will further enhance its appeal and position it well to become South Africa’s next UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Today, the Castle stands not only as a reminder of Cape Town’s colonial past, but as a beacon of the city’s future. Popular with locals and visitors alike, art and photography exhibitions are often hosted within its five walls, as are some of the city’s premier commercial events.
A great focus is also put on using the Castle as a place for community dialogue and empowerment, regularly hosting meetings and workshops. If you’re feeling peckish, there are also two spots to eat: De Goewerneur Restaurant and Waterblommetjie.
Although it has limited access for the disabled and elderly, an elevator is currently being installed to assist in this regard with an electronic tour available for guests who are unable to view all areas due to stairs.
Operating Hours: 9.30am-3.30pm daily (closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day)
- South Africa’s oldest functioning building
- Venue for some of the city’s premium events and art exhibitions
- Authentic and integral part of Cape Town’s history