Castle of Good Hope and its Military Museum

Castle of Good Hope and its Military Museum – Though the Castle of Good Hope is always worth a visit, the Castle Military Museum (contained within) makes for an interesting tour too.

A visit to this museum is a discovery of the Cape’s military and political history. It houses one of our country’s finest sword collections, and includes factual information, historical accounts and some well-preserved artefacts and exhibits from the 16th to the 19th centuries.

Learn more about South Africa’s wars, the military connection between the Portuguese, Khoi, Dutch and English nations and, on your way out, pop into the shop to purchase some keepsakes and curios.

Insider tip After exploring the Castle, taking a guided tour, and watching cannon-firing ceremony (10am, 11am and again at 12pm, but not on Sundays), enjoy a light meal at the charming Re5 restaurant.
Don’t miss The key ceremony at 10am and 12am. It showcases the unlocking of the Van der Stel entrance of the Castle of Good Hope by the ceremonial guards of the castle. It’s a past practice that is still done today.

Opening times Monday – Sunday, 9am5pm (last ticket sale at 4.45pm)
Open on public holidays
Closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day
Contact 021 787 1249,
Cost R50 (adults)
R25 (SA pensioners)
R25 (children and students)
R8 (booked school groups)
Where to find it Corner of Castle and Darling Street, Cape Town

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