Author: Castle of Good Hope


A Festive Story of Good Hope…

We can’t believe that the festive season is already upon us.  As we all prepare to spend some quality time with our loved ones, may we use this opportunity to wish you a joyous, healthy and happy holiday season.  The more we think about it, the more we realize that there are very few architectural and […]


Memories of the Struggle… Australians Against Apartheid

A stunning multimedia exhibition, Memories of the Struggle: Australians against Apartheid was opened in Cape Town on 11 October 2018 at The Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town. Historic pictures, activists and interviews The event was launched by the Deputy Director General, Department of South African Tourism,  Ms Aneme Malan and the Australian High Commissioner, HE Mr Adam McCarthy. […]


Accessible to All! Special Offer this Winter

In a quest to ensure that the once exclusive Castle of Good Hope is now accessible to all South Africans, especially the  youth, the Castle is offering FREE entry to kids under the age of 18 yrs, when accompanied by two paying adults. The Castle would love to spread the message of Shared Heritage and encourage […]


Castle Of Good Hope: Turning History Into Our Story

Constructed in the mid-17th century out of rock hewn from Signal Hill and slate gathered from Robben Island, the Castle of Good Hope is the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa and one of the best-preserved examples of Dutch East India architecture. Originally perched on the coastline of Table Bay after land reclamation, the […]


CEO Welcome Letter

Welcome to the Castle of Good Hope, South Africa’s oldest surviving building still in use today… Every morning when I arrive at work, I have to remind myself what a huge privilege and honor it is to open the doors of the oldest, operating office in the country. There is not a single day that […]


Statues of Kings, Resistance Leader Unveiled

Cape Town – South Africans needed to embrace their “collective history and heritage … the good, the bad and the ugly” as a step towards consolidating an inclusive sense of South Africanhood. So said Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula at the Castle in Cape Town on Friday when she unveiled the statues of […]


Anger after Hlubi king insulted at Castle statue ceremony

Cape Town – A right royal row has erupted over what the Hlubi nation perceive to have been a slight delivered by Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula in a ceremony at Cape Town Castle on Friday intended to honour, among others, their own 19th century king, Langalibalele. The Hlubi delegation, including sitting monarch Langalibalele II, left […]


Castle to become a beacon of inclusivity

Cape Town – With talk of decolonisation echoing through the halls of universities, talk of land reform resounding around the country and nationalisation and redistribution of wealth on the lips of almost every South African, what better place to start than the land’s oldest colonial building? This weekend, the Castle of Good Hope turns 350, […]