The Castle of the Cape of Good Hope
Built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) as a maritime
replenishment station, the Castle of Good Hope is the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa.
From 1678 it was the centre of civilian, administrative and military life at the Cape, until the settlement grew and some functions and activities moved away from the Castle. Today the Castle is the seat of the military in the Cape, and houses the Castle Military Museum and Iziko Museums of Cape Town (William Fehr Collection).
Gates open: 09h00 daily (close at 16h00)
Key Ceremony: Monday-Friday (10h00 & 12h00)
Firing of Signal Cannon: Monday-Friday (10h10 & 12h10), Saturday (11h00 & 12h00)
The Castle of Good Hope is closed to the public on Christmas Day (25 Dec) and New Year (01 Jan).
Contact us during working hours: Monday-Friday (08h00-15h30).