Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town

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Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town

Traditional ceremonies

Traditional ceremonies take place during weekdays.
The Key Ceremony was performed in the Castle from its earliest days and depicts the unlocking of the Castle of Good Hope. This ceremony takes place at 10:00 and 12:00 during weekdays.
The firing of the signal cannon directly after the Key Ceremony is symbolic to indicate the significance of cannons at the Castle of Good Hope.
The Castle Guard performs both these ceremonies.


The Castle of Good Hope opens daily at 09:00 and closes at 16:00.
We are open from Monday to Sunday. The Castle is closed to the public on Christmas day (25 December) and New Year's day (01 January).


Guided tours are conducted by Castle guides from Monday to Saturday at 11:00, 12:00 and 14:00.
We also offer self-guided tours by means of a map in seven (7) different languages.

Entrance Fees

Booked School Groups

Places to visit

Castle Military Museum

The Castle Military Museum depicts the military history of the Cape, the Castle and Cape Regiments.

William Fehr Collection

This collection consists of artwork reflecting many aspects of cultural life at the Cape from the early VOC days until the middle of the 19th century. Exhibitions of a contemporary nature are occasionally presented.

Het Bakhuys and Dolphin Pool

During the restoration of the inner courtyard, the foundations of the early 18th century bakery and pool were discovered. The building, currently known as Het Bakhuys, has been reconstructed on these foundations. The original Dolphin pool was named after the impressive fountain in the form of a dolphin in the middle of the pool. Het Bakhuys also caters for functions and conferences. Booking is essential.

And many more!