Holidays in Castle of Good Hope

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Castle of Good Hope featuring château or palace as well as a small group of people

At one of South Africa’s oldest buildings, browse exhibitions about the history of Cape Town and walk on ramparts to enjoy stunning views of Table Mountain.

The Castle of Good Hope dates back to the 1660s and 1670s, when it was established by the Dutch East India Company and is South Africa’s oldest surviving building. Curiously, when built, this fortress stood on the city’s shoreline.

The castle is pentagon-shaped with defensive towers at each corner and solid stone walls. Walk through the entrance to a courtyard and explore the buildings, which once held the fort’s chapel, dungeon, governor’s living quarters and wine cellars. Look for the porch, from where Dutch leaders made public addresses to the city’s residents and slaves.

A selection of the castle’s buildings are home to the Castle Military Museum and the William Fehr Collection. Find examples of military regalia, uniforms and weapons in the museum. The William Fehr Collection is an array of artworks, furniture and paintings that portray life in Cape Town from the 17th century until the late 1800s. The collection was amassed by South African businessman William Fehr and is split between the castle and Rust en Vreugd, a historic house in the city center.

Climb up onto the castle’s grassy ramparts for impressive views of major city landmarks. To the west is the 2,195-foot (669-meter) tall Lion’s Head peak, while to the southwest is the 3,560-feet (1,085-meter) tall Table Mountain. Spot the clock tower of the early-20th century Cape Town City Hall.

Situated in the Foreshore district, the castle is less than a 10-minute walk from Cape Town’s train station. Parking is available, for a fee, on the nearby streets. You can also get here via a hop-on hop-off tourist bus.

The Castle of Good Hope is open daily, except on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, and there’s an admission fee. Guided tours take place three times a day from Monday to Saturday. Arrive on a weekday morning to see the Key Ceremony depicting the unlocking of the castle and a cannon firing demonstration.

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Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, Cape Town
Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, Cape Town
4 out of 5
22 Riebeek Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is AU$136 per night from 28 Jan. to 29 Jan.
Located in Cape Town City Centre, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Cape Town Cruise Terminal, Cape Town Stadium and V&A Waterfront. Table Mountain and Camps ...
4/5 Very Good! (132 reviews)
"We stayed at the hotel and they made it a very special honeymoon occasion for us. From the champagne and treats to the heart made on the bed of rose pedals it was an amazing experience and stay. The views of table mountain and lions head was amazing!"

Reviewed on 6 Dec. 2021

Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, Cape Town
Radisson RED Hotel V&A Waterfront Cape Town
Radisson RED Hotel V&A Waterfront Cape Town
3.5 out of 5
Silo 6, South Arm Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is AU$200 per night from 25 Jan. to 26 Jan.
Located in Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa and V&A Waterfront. Cape Town Cruise Terminal ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (274 reviews)
"The staff here is so helpful and sweet, with nice little perks. Can’t recommend it enough."

Reviewed on 8 Dec. 2021

Radisson RED Hotel V&A Waterfront Cape Town
Victoria & Alfred Hotel
Victoria & Alfred Hotel
4 out of 5
On the Waterfront Pierhead, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is AU$204 per night from 31 Jan. to 1 Feb.
Located in Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Two Oceans Aquarium and V&A Waterfront. Cape Town Cruise Terminal and ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (976 reviews)
"the location is good as is the hotel layout"

Reviewed on 12 Jan. 2022

Victoria & Alfred Hotel
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Holiday Inn Express City Centre, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express City Centre, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
101 St Georges Mall, Cnr of Church Str. and St George's, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is AU$93 per night from 26 Jan. to 27 Jan.
Holiday Inn Express City Centre, an IHG Hotel
Radisson RED Hotel V&A Waterfront Cape Town
Radisson RED Hotel V&A Waterfront Cape Town
3.5 out of 5
Silo 6, South Arm Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is AU$200 per night from 25 Jan. to 26 Jan.
Radisson RED Hotel V&A Waterfront Cape Town
Victoria & Alfred Hotel
Victoria & Alfred Hotel
4 out of 5
On the Waterfront Pierhead, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is AU$204 per night from 31 Jan. to 1 Feb.
Victoria & Alfred Hotel
Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, Cape Town
Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, Cape Town
4 out of 5
22 Riebeek Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is AU$136 per night from 28 Jan. to 29 Jan.
Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, Cape Town
City Lodge Hotel Victoria And Alfred Waterfront
City Lodge Hotel Victoria And Alfred Waterfront
3 out of 5
Cnr Dock And Alfred Roads, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is AU$96 per night from 28 Jan. to 29 Jan.
City Lodge Hotel Victoria And Alfred Waterfront
Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore
Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore
4 out of 5
29 Heerengracht Street, Foreshore, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is AU$119 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore
The Onyx Apartment Hotel
The Onyx Apartment Hotel
4 out of 5
57 Heerengracht Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is AU$167 per night from 25 Jan. to 26 Jan.
The Onyx Apartment Hotel
Taj Cape Town
Taj Cape Town
5 out of 5
1 Wale Street, corner St Georges Mall, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is AU$202 per night from 25 Jan. to 26 Jan.
Taj Cape Town
Southern Sun The Cullinan
Southern Sun The Cullinan
4 out of 5
1 Cullinan Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is AU$202 per night from 25 Jan. to 26 Jan.
Southern Sun The Cullinan
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