Cape Town
Close to the ground.

Castle of Good Hope

cnr Darling St & Buitenkant St 021-787-1260 www.castleofgoodhope.co.za adult R25, child R10

S 33 55.535 E 018 25.638

Castle of Good Hope is the oldest standing colonial building in Cape Town. It was built by the Dutch East India Company (and its slaves) between 1666 and 1679 as a stronghold to protect the company's stores of supplies it traded to passing ships. The squat, pentagonal structure has long been the center of military activity in the Cape and today serves as the country's military headquarters, as well as a museum and monument to Cape Town's past.

The main house boasts the William Fehr Collection of colonial Cape Dutch furnishing and paintings. Guided tours are available daily at 11am, 12pm and 2pm. The Key Ceremony takes place at 10am and 12pm everyday, followed by the firing of Signal Cannon, both of which are incorporated into the 12pm guided tour. If you show yourself around, make sure to walk the upper level perimeter for a 360-degree view of the city. Horse and carriage rides also are available at 10:30am, 12:45pm, 2:45pm or 6pm daily for a scenic ride through Cape Town and the Company's Gardens.

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