CapeTownMagazine.com

Cape Town Kids' Hidden Secret: Cannons shot at The Castle ...

We'll get through this. CapeTownTogether
Follow our social channels for useful news,
daily local champions + find moments of joy
 
+27(0)72 350 2062
Ideas Cartel - 113 Loop Street
www.capetownmagazine.com/subscribe
CapeTownMag
CapeTownMagazine.com
capetownmag

Cape Town Kids' Hidden Secret: Cannons shot at The Castle of Good Hope

Why so few people know about it baffles us. Time for a (re)discovery.

It’s big yet unprepossessing, till you’re standing in front of it: the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town’s city centre. Just a few steps away from the central station and the modern shopping malls, you can immerse yourself in the time of the 17th to 19th century.

The Castle of Good Hope was built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company (VOC). Back then located directly at the Atlantic, the castle provided shelter for all Europeans who settled at the Cape. The fortress was the centre of civilian, political and military life. Today the Castle of Good Hope is seat of the military in the Cape and hosts three museums, including: Castle Military Museum, Iziko Hope Gallery (with changing exhibitions at Secunde’s House) and William Fehr Collection, in which rooms are historically decorated with furniture, paintings and accessories of the 17th to 19th century.

We enter the castle shortly before 10 in the morning, just in time since a key ceremony is happening. A key delivery (to open the front door) and the sounding of a bell are simulated; after that a mini cannon (the Signal Cannon) is fired…tinnitus included if you don’t hold your ears in time. 

At 11am the first tour of the day takes place and to waste time we’re walking atop the battlement. From here you have a phenomenal 360 degree view over Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak, Lion’s Head, the towers of the city centre and the other districts in the east. We’re walking to each five corners of the radial castle and returning to the patio. The tour lasts just about 30 minutes and leads us among others to Bakhuys & Dolphin Pool and the torture chamber of the castle.

Afterwards there is enough time to stroll around, take photos or visit one of the museums. The exhibitions are not too big and together with the interesting tour you can get a good idea about life at the Cape 300 years ago. Whoever needs refreshment or rest can sit down in the restaurant or at one of the benches in the patio. The Castle of Good Hope is not just for history lovers or military fans but also for families, tourists and locals a perfect excursion – just a Cape Town must!

by Anne Wallrabe


Castle of Good Hope

Corner Darling and Buitenkant Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 787 1260

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 9am - 4pm (last admission 3:30pm); daily tours: 11am, 12pm und 2pm; Key ceremony and firing of signal cannon: Monday to Friday 10am - 12 pm (firings Saturdays at 11am and 12pm)

Prices: adults R28; children (5-16 years) & students R12

---

Let the music hold you hostage within the castle walls at the Full Moon party.

Check out what else you need to tick off on our Cape Town bucket list.

Friends become family as you get lost in music and celebrate house and techno music at the With You Festival.  

---

Stay in the loop on what’s happening in and around Cape Town, be sure to subscribe to our popular newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Cape Town Events Calendar
October 2021
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31

Norval_Foundation_Cape_Town_Athi-Patra_Ruga_installationOn at Norval Foundation

Athi-Patra Ruga’s iridescent art on black pioneers + more in Sculpture Garden

Southern_Guild_Cape_Town_South_Africa_Rich_Mnisi_NyokaOn at the Southern Guild

Free: See fashion prodigy Rich Mnisi’s bewitching furniture exhibition

Kite Festival 2021_OctopusThe sky’s the limit at this annual ...

Kite-making, discussions + kite displays at 2021 Kite Festival

Uber Go Cape Town We asked you where you would go with a ...

Your answers were delightful (plus Uber Go explained)

Wolfkop Camping Villages and Nature ReserveWolfkop holiday specials: glamp for up ...

Plus 9 activities also at half-price: bodyboard the Olifants, hike, see rock paintings ...

Escape Room Game Cape TownPlay Cape Town’s original Live Escape ...

The door closes. You have 60 minutes to get out...

Wonderdal Tree of Light Have the birthday party your child ...

Includes a colourful Amuki cake, party bag + 7 edu-zones to explore

Oasis Association Claremont coffee shopDo Good

3 ways to do it at Oasis: shop, donate or take your recycling there

Samadhi HouseUber luxury Cape Town villa at an ...

House, cottage, tennis court, gym, pool + incredible views at an excellent special

Zsa Zsa Cape Town Craving a wild night out? Zsa Zsa Cape ...

Nightly live performances, theatrical cocktails + decadent menu

Leopards LeapLeopards Leap serves succulent ...

It’s family friendly, has a harvest table, plus there’s a big lawn to play on

Beach barA beach bar in Paarl!

Pizza, beach vibes, cocktails, and stunning views, the recipe for a perfect day

LeMottetastingVirtual and on-site wine tastings at ...

Or do this specialised La Motte wine-tasting virtually

GiveawaysTravel Tips