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Castle of Good Hope

Attractions

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...

Cnr Buitenkant & Darling Streets
Major venue

Central Methodist Mission

Attractions

Resembling a location from a Tim Burton movie, this grey Gothic revivalist church with its needle-like spires looks a tad out of place (and a bit too...

Cnr Longmarket & Burg Streets
Free

Centre for the Book

Attractions

Just down the road from the Planetarium, stands another eye-catching, domed beauty. This Edwardian building dedicated to all things bookish was created to...

62 Queen Victoria Street
Free

Company's Gardens

Critics' choice
Attractions

A symbolic bell silently stands testimony to the slaves who tilled and toiled away in what was once a veggie garden providing sustenance for scurvy-stricken...

Government Avenue
FreeMajor venue

Grand Parade & City Hall

Attractions

The time for the facelift of South Africa's oldest public space has finally arrived. R21 million has been forked out to repave and upgrade the previously...

Cnr Buitenkant & Darling streets
Major venue

Groote Schuur Estate

Attractions, Museums

The former Cape Town residence of the state president, the gabled Groote Schuur ('Big Barn') was originally built in 1667 to serve as the VOC's granary...

Klipper Road

Het Posthuys

Attractions, Museums

Formerly known as Stegmansrust, this inconspicuous, thatched Lego-block of a house is believed to be the oldest building in the False Bay area. Built by the...

180 Main Road
Free

Houses of Parliament

Attractions

Back in 1878 Charles Freeman won the grand sum of £250 prize money for his proposed design of the Houses of Parliament, but things went horribly pear shaped...

90 Plein Street
FreeMajor venue

Iziko Slave Lodge

Attractions, Museums

Completed in 1679, this building at the north-east end of the Company's Gardens was built by the Dutch East India Company to house up to 9,000 slaves,...

49 Adderley Street

Josephine Mill

Attractions, Museums

In 1818 Johannes Dreyer built a watermill on the banks of the Liesbeeck River. Upon his death, his widow Maria employed a young lad by the name of Jacob...

Josephine Mill Museum, Boundary Road
Free

Koopmans-De Wet House

Attractions, Museums

Set amid the hustle and bustle of Strand Street, this Cape Dutch building designed by the architect Louis Thibault was the first privately owned townhouse...

35 Strand Street

Old Town House & Michaelis Collection

Art, Attractions, Museums

The first two-storey building ever to grace Cape Town's cityscape, this ornate 1761 Cape Rococo-style construction must have elicited quite a few oohs and...

Old Town House, Greenmarket Square
Free

Prestwich Memorial Building & Garden

Attractions

This modern rectangular ossuary houses the remains of more than 2,500 exhumed bodies that were discovered on a building site in Green Point in 2003. The...

St Andrew's Square

Rust & Vreugd

Attractions

This tranquil house - seen as the finest surviving example of an 18th-century Cape Dutch farmhouse - is set in what is now a particularly unglamorous...

78 Buitenkant Street
Free

University of Cape Town

Attractions

South Africa's oldest university, the ivy-blanketed buildings on this English campus have seen their fair share of bright minds since its inception in 1829,...

Slopes of Devil's Peak
Major venue