Castle of Good Hope - About the Attraction
The Castle of Good Hope is one of South Africa’s oldest historical landmarks and is also viewed as a bastion of South Africa’s colonial past. Now, it welcomes visitors both local and international, who want to learn more about the history and heritage of the Cape.
“The Castle” as it is locally known, was originally located on the coastline of Table Bay but, following reclamation, the fort is now located a short distance inland within the city’s Central Business District. This heritage site is considered the best preserved example of a 17th century architectural structure in the world. The Castle is known for its five bastions – Leerdam to the west, with Buuren, Katzenellenbogen, Nassau, and Oranje clockwise from it.
It housed a church, bakery, various workshops, living quarters, shops, and prison cells, among other facilities. It is believed that the yellow paint on the walls was originally chosen because it lessened the effect of heat and the sun. A wall, built to protect citizens in case of an attack, divides the inner courtyard, which also houses the De Kat Balcony – now with the “Kings of the Castle” statues in front of it. It is from this balcony that announcements were made to soldiers, slaves and burghers (town inhabitants) of the Cape.
Some activities to add to your list when visiting include a guided tour, take a closer look at the architecture, visit the military museum, view the William Fehr Collection as well as the African Pottery Collection.
Don’t miss the traditional Key Ceremony, the unlocking of the van der Stel entrance by the ceremonial guards, or the Firing of the Signal Canon which is performed by the South African National Defence Force and used to be sign of ships sighted at sea.
The Castle also acted as the local headquarters for the South African Army in the Western Cape, and still houses the Castle Military Museum and ceremonial facilities for the traditional Cape Regiments.
Key Attractions the Castle of Good Hope
Things to Do in Castle of Good Hope
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Places to Stay in Castle of Good Hope
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Places to Eat & Drink in Castle of Good Hope
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