Castle of Good Hope


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The Castle of Good Hope is South Africa's oldest surviving colonial building. Completed in 1679, the moated, five-pointed fortress was initially built by Commander Zacharius Wagenaer of the Dutch East India Company to ward off possible attacks from the British, and later served as the hub of the Cape's civilian and military activities. It's still the seat of the Cape Town military today, and if you time it right, you can catch the key ceremony, as performed by the Castle Guard. The military museum showcases several impressive pieces, interspersed with display cases of filled with glassy-eyed mannequins kitted out in their military best. The Anglo Boer War section features a coin-operated model armoured train huffing and puffing past seres of block houses and through hostile British territory.

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Castle of Good Hope details

Cnr Buitenkant & Darling Streets

Area Cape Town

Telephone 21 787 1249

Castle of Good Hope website

Open 9am-4pm daily. Tours 11am, noon, 2pm Mon-Sat. Key ceremony & cannon firing 10am, noon Mon-Fri.

Admission R20; R10-R15 reductions; half price for all Sun.

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