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A symbol of South Africa’s Colonial Past in Cape Town.

The Castle of Good Hope was served as the local headquarters for the South African Army in the Western Cape now serves as a center for both preserving military history and hosting traditional regimental celebrations.

Learn about South Africa’s history and visit the gift shop for a keepsake of your visit.


About Castle of Good Hope

The Castle of Good Hope, built by the Dutch East India Company between 1666 and 1679, is considered to be the oldest existing colonial building in South Africa.¬† The castle’s history as a prison is still evident today, as parts of it were used to detain individuals during the Second Boer War, which took place from 1899 to 1902. The former cells from this time period still remain.

The Castle Military Museum showcases the rich military history of the region. The Castle is the proud home of the Cape Town Highlanders Regiment, a mechanized infantry unit.

You will also get the opportunity to observe the performance of the Key Ceremony. This which involves a reenactment of the unlocking of the signal cannon and its subsequent firing.

Other Offerings

The Castle Of Good Hope  has a gift shop which supports local artists and crafters where you can purchase mementos of your visit. There is also a restaurant where you can sit and eat lunch. There is also a spectacular view of Table Mountain.

Castle of Good Hope FAQ

How much is the entrance fee?

The entrance fees are R50.00 for adults, R25.00 for SA pensioners, R25.00 for children and R8.00 for booked school groups.

What are the opening days and times?

The opening times are Monday to Sunday from 9:00 – 17:00.

Where is the Castle of Good Hope?

Castle of Good Hope address is, Corner of Castle and Darling Street, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa.

Castle Of Good Hope from Leeuwenzee

There are several routes from Leeweunzee to Castle Of Good Hope. View the shortest route according to traffic on Google Maps.

Distance from Leeuwenzee

3.6 Kilometers

Travel Time

+- 10 Minutes via Uber

Official Website

Castle of Good Hope

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Contact us

Tel: (+27) 82 303 7872

Our location

199 High Level Road, Sea Point
Cape Town