Things To Do in Cape Town CentralTour the Castle of Good Hope
Where? Corner of Darling and Buitenkant Streets, Cape Town.
When? Open daily from 09h00 to 16h00. Key ceremony and cannon firing on Monday to Friday at 10h00 and at12h00. Tours from Monday to Saturday at 11h00, 12h00 and 14h00.
How? Call +27 (0)21 787-1249
How much? Falls into price group R1 to R100 per person. Confirm with the provider.
More? See website
The Cape of Good Hope, South Africa's version of America's Pentagon, is a five point, star shaped fortress, and South Africa's oldest building built between 1666 and 1679. A surviving Colonial building it was declared a National Monument in 1936 and as a result is the best preserved fort of its kind. Originally constructed by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) to ward off possible British attacks. The oldest original bell in South Africa with a sound span stretching for 10 km was hung from the Castle's bell tower in 1684 to warn of danger.
Still the seat of Cape Town Military today, the Castle Military Museum showcases authentic artefacts and ceremonial rituals including the Key Ceremony which can be witnessed by civilians on weekdays. Display cases reflect South African history with authentic military kit and a dedicated Anglo Boer War Section. Impressive original artworks such as portraits of South African historical figures including Jan van Riebeeck and Vasco da Gama form part of The William Fehr Collection.
The five flags of South Africa's historical journey are chronologically flown on site with the New South African flag flying proud as the sixth and final addition on the country's first architectural construction.