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Castle of Good Hope Tours

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Castle of Good Hope
Step into Cape Town’s dynamic history by visiting the oldest remaining colonial-era building in the country. Built by Dutch colonists at the end of the 1600s, the Castle of Good Hope once served as a maritime resupply point and military hub. Its historic architecture and displays make it a popular attraction on tours of the city. 

The Basics
The historic ramparts, courtyards, and museums of the Castle of Good Hope offer a mix of history, architecture, culture, and art on both self-guided and guided tours. For the bigger picture, visit the fort and its Military Museum and William Fehr Collection on sightseeing tours that also include city highlights such as Table Mountain, the South African National Gallery, and the District 6 Museum. To see the fort’s dungeons, ramparts, and armories, take a guided tour. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Castle is a favorite amongst history and military buffs. 
  • Maximize your visit by timing it with one of the daily ceremonies or guided tours.
  • Don’t worry about packing a lunch; there is a restaurant in the Castle.
  • The restaurant and bathrooms are wheelchair accessible, but access to much of the fort is limited.

How to Get There
Located in the colorful Bo-Kaap neighborhood, the Castle of Good Hope is easily reached on foot or by public transportation from Cape Town’s city center. You can also skip the hassle of navigating the busy city alone by visiting on a hop-on-hop-off bus or joining a sightseeing tour with transportation that stops at the historic fort. 

When to Get There
The Castle is open daily (except Christmas and New Years). Reenactments of the historic key ceremony happen at 10am and 12pm. While the canon firing display happens on the hour from 10am to 12pm, except for Sundays. Guided tours are led daily at 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm.

The History of the Castle of Good Hope
The pentagon-shaped Castle of Good Hope was built by the Dutch East India Company from 1666–1679 and declared a national monument in 1936. Throughout the nearly 300 years in between, the fort was home to both military and civilian communities and served as a government seat, governor's quarters, and prison. Today, it is operated by the South African National Defence Force.
Address: Cape Town, South Africa
Admission: Varies
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Skip the Line: The Castle of Good Hope Admission TicketAttraction Tickets

Skip the Line: The Castle of Good Hope Admission Ticket

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The Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town is one of South Africa’s oldest colonial buildings, dating back to the 17th century. This admission ticket lets you arrive at time of your choice and spend as long as you like inside. Take in highlights including the daily Key Ceremony, the Castle Military Museum, and the William Fehr art collection on a self-guided tour, or join one of the guided tours (included) to see the dungeons, ramparts, and armouries.
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Table Mountain and Cape Town Half-Day Trip

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Cape Town Guided City Day Tour

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Pack all the best highlights in Cape Town into this 4-hour sightseeing trip. Make the most of your time in this South African metropolis as you check out the Castle of Good Hope, City Hall, the colorful Bo-Kaap area, and enjoy a cable car ride to the summit of scenic Table Mountain (weather permitting).
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  • 1 to 5 days
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Full Day Private Cape Town City Tour

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Withlocals The 10 Tastings: Cape Town Private Food Tour

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Cape Town City Private tour

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 Robben Island Prison Museum and Cape Town City Tour-Full dayDay Trips

Robben Island Prison Museum and Cape Town City Tour-Full day

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Private Full Day Cape Town City Bowl and Table MountainTour.

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Cape Town, Noon Gun & Table Mountain TourBus Tours

Cape Town, Noon Gun & Table Mountain Tour

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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Castle of Good Hope can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 66 Castle of Good Hope tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Castle of Good Hope costs USD 2.98. Guided Castle of Good Hope tours start around USD 2.98 per person. See all 66 Castle of Good Hope tickets and tours on Viator.
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