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Attractions at the V&A Waterfront

A selection of cultural and historical sights at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town

Last Update: January 6, 2017

I wonder if Jan Van Riebeeck had an inkling that his small jetty would later become the very heart of Cape Town’s working Waterfront. Indeed, the V&A Waterfront is home to a myriad of shopping, dining and entertainment venues. But if you wade through the gaggle of tourists, you’ll find many interesting museums and historical sights, set against the very definition of Cape Town - Table Mountain and Robben Island. Here is a selection of some of the best places to visit, whilst exploring Cape Town’s spectacular working harbor.

Attractions at the V&A Waterfront

Two Oceans Aquarium
There are over 3000 new fishy friends who are swimming to meet your acquaintance such as, sharks, fishes, turtles and penguins. The aquarium raises environmental awareness through high-quality exhibits, conservation and education programs. The more fearless of you can do a shark dive in the I&J Predator Exhibit. 


Dock Road | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 418 3823

Shimansky Diamond Tour
Did you know that diamond cutting and polishing is the second oldest trade in the world? Diamond and tanzanite lovers appreciate a piece more if they can oversee the manufacturing process. Shimansky offers free tours and workshops, exploring both ancient and modern diamond cutting techniques and the history of diamonds. Visit their wine and coffee bars and be sure to browse signature collections such as, ‘My Girl’. 


Shimansky - The art of diamonds | Top Floor | The Clock Tower | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 421 2488

Clock Tower
The Clock Tower is a historic landmark, characterized by Victorian-gothic style architecture. On the bottom floor, you will find an old tidal gauge mechanism; the second floor houses a decorative mirror room, so that the Port Captain has a full view of the harbor; and the top floor is home to the original clock mechanism. You can also catch the boat to Robben Island close by.


The Clock Tower Precinct | The V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 405 4500

The Wheel of Excellence
Take to the skies in one of 36 fully-enclosed cabins on this 50m high, giant observation wheel (for R70pp). The 20 minute journey affords panoramic views of Cape Town, Paarl, Table Mountain and Robben Island. Feeling a bit flash? Opt for a VIP cabin, complete with canapés and champagne, darling. 


Canal Site | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 418 2502

The Chavonnes Battery Museum
This museum celebrates the existence, disappearance and re-appearance of Cape Town’s oldest cannon battery. Built in 1726, the heavily armed battery guarded Cape Town from attacks by the English and French East India Companies. In 1860, the cannon disappeared, only to be recovered during excavation in 1999. The museum houses gun displays and the opportunity to see how an 18th century cannon battery was constructed.


The Clock Tower Precinct | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 416 6230

Nobel Square
This sculptural square pays tribute to four South African Nobel Peace Laureates; Nkosi Albert Luthuli, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, F.W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela. These four remarkable men fought for their beliefs, even during times of struggle and hardship.


Nobel Square | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 408 7600

Seal Landing
Cape Fur Seals would ordinarily shack up on off shore islands, but these fluffy sea creatures obviously have impeccable taste, as they’ve made the stylish Waterfront their home. Find them at the Clock Tower Precinct and on old tires lining the quayside.


Clock Tower Precinct
| V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 405 4500

Robben Island Information Centre
This unique museum, situated next to the Clock Tower Building, depicts the history of Robben Island and the political struggle to overthrow apartheid. It’s recommended that you make a booking for their popular guided tours.


Quay 5 | Jetty 1 | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 413 4200


Boat Tour

Whether a Champagne Tour or Sunset Cruise - at the Waterfront you will find a number of charter boats with various services. A trip costs about R120 for adults - and it’s worth the money. With luck you can even spot some dolphins or penguins. Particularly beautiful is the Sunset Cruise (R200pp) - enjoy the sunset over the ocean while sipping a glass of champagne... Sparkling!


V & A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 418 3234  


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