Category: News


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 […]



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, […]


Maphatsoe outlines plans to attract more visitors

Cape Town – Deputy Defence and Military Veterans Minister Kebby Maphatsoe says he would like to see the Castle of Good Hope become a place of pilgramage for citizens from all political persuasions and from all parts of the country. “We want people to say: ‘Let’s go to Cape Town not only for the beaches, […]


Legend of Isandlwana lives on

Zulu King Cetshwayo had been pushed into a war that he never wanted with England. Yet, the first battle of that conflict had the unlikeliest of outcomes, writes Dougie Oakes. Cape Town – The mood of the congregation was sombre as Bishop John William Colenso stepped up to the pulpit of the Anglican Church in […]