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Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town

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Listed as a provincial heritage site, Castle of Good Hope represents a well-preserved 17th-century star fort initially used by the Dutch East India Company. Built between 1666 and 1679, the timber and clay pentagonal castle remains South Africa's oldest existing colonial structure. Once you reach the compound, which now houses the capital's mechanized infantry unit, you can explore the military museum and other ceremonial and exhibit facilities. You can also stop by one of two restaurants inside the castle to eat and relax. The site offers limited access for the elderly and disabled, but an electronic tour allows guests to visit certain points of interest without the use of stairs. Using our world travel planner, Cape Town attractions like Castle of Good Hope can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • It's a pity the oldest building in South Africa has not been well maintained. We originally parked outside, were accosted by "car guards" as we started to walk around the castle, but stopped just... 
    It's a pity the oldest building in South Africa has not been well maintained. We originally parked outside, were accosted by "car guards" as we started to walk around the castle, but stopped just...  more »
  • We have now been going to the Castle at least once a year. Unlike many other attractions it is still affordable and worth the money. You must do the guided tour out is incredible informative and... 
    We have now been going to the Castle at least once a year. Unlike many other attractions it is still affordable and worth the money. You must do the guided tour out is incredible informative and...  more »
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  • Absolutely gorgeous castle, a lot of history behind it and very dark history as well. Interesting interior, do not let the outside fool you, inside is nothing short of incredible. I’m pretty sure it’s haunted with some places looking extremely dark and creepy
  • Amazingly preserved and restored 17th century castle, that serves as the oldest building in South Africa. 50r to enter and free tours every couple or hours. Most of the grounds are free to walk and look, with many cool displays of furniture and relics from olden times.

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