Visitor Info



Key Ceremony

TIME: 10:00 | 12:00

This showcases the unlocking of the Van der Stel entrance of the Castle of Good Hope by the ceremonial guards of the castle. It is a past practice that is still practiced today.


Cannon Firing

TIME: 10:00 | 11:00 | 12:00

The firing of the signal cannon was used to indicate that a ship had been sighted at sea and to relay the message to people inside the fort. You can view the firing of an old cannon, performed by the Cannon Association of South Africa.


Guided Tours

TIME: 11:00 | 12:00 | 14:00 | 15:00 | 16:00

Unearth the hidden history of the Castle with a guided tour led by an experienced guide. Tours operate 7 days a week.

Gift Shop

Castle Gift Shop

The Castle houses a beautifully curated gift shop which actively promotes the development of small creative business. It provides visitors the opportunity to support local artists and craft producers and creates a much- needed market platform for these local entrepreneurs.

Come and explore the stories of these Royal Warriors.


Krotoa Memorial

Krotoa was an incredible leader of the Khoi nation. In August 2016, to celebrate this woman’s contribution to the history in the Cape, as part of the 350-year commemoration, the spirit of Krotoa was repatriated to her original place of burial at the Castle of Good Hope. A memorial in honour of her can be found next to the Chapel at the Castle today.

Military Museum


The Castle is home to three prestigious Cape Town museums. The Military Museum which is steeped in military history, the William Fehr Collection where you will find fine and interesting examples of paintings and decorative arts of special relevance to the Cape concerning the peoples and landscapes of early colonial South Africa and the permanent ceramic exhibition, FIRED, situated in the old granary at the Castle.

Opening Times: 09:00 – 17:00
  • Last ticket sale is at 16:45
  • Please note:  Key Ceremony runs Monday – Friday and  Cannon Firing does not take place on a Sunday. These ceremonies are weather dependent.
  • We are open 363 days in a year and are closed 2 days (Christmas and New Year)










(Prices valid until further notice)

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Re5 Restaurant

The in-house deli, Re5, situated in the front courtyard of the Castle, offers visitors delicious local snacks and light meals as well as a range of refreshing beverages.

The deli provides catering for all Castle functions, conferences and events and is also available for private events via our events department.

Upcoming Events

28 Jul 9:00 am

MTV Base VJ Auditions 2018

MTV VJ Auditions set to take place at the Castle of Good Hope on 28 July 2018. Every year, the competition opens doors for an upcoming performer who walks away with their dream job as a presenter on the channel. The winner receives a 12-month contract, during which they stand a chance to host MTV […]
04 Aug 8:00 am

Woodstock Winter Beer Festival

  The fourth Woodstock Winter Beer Festival takes place in a new venue, the Castle of Good Hope. The festival focuses on unique winter-y one-off brews, produced by local microbreweries, including Drifter Brewing Company, Afro Caribbean Brewing Co., Lakeside Brewing Co., RIOT Beer, Stellenbosch Brewing Co. and more. Venue: Castle of Good Hope, cnr Darling […]
12 Aug 12:00 pm

Bella Poetica Musica Women’s Month Musical Performance

Bella Poetica Musica is a performance art group that performs classical music framed by narrative, poetry and dance. They comprise of two celli and a viola. The motto of Bella Poetica Musica is ” Creating spaces of Beauty” Bella Poetica Musica was founded upon the idea that classical music can be utilized to transform spaces. […]
21 Sep 7:00 pm

Cape Flats Underground Hip Hop Festival

The Cape Flats is home to a remarkable cultural history. Music and dance runs in the blood of the youth on the Cape Flats, bringing this diverse community together to celebrate life. The Cape Flats Underground Hip Hop Festival is the first of its kind in Cape Town and will take place on the Solstice weekend […]
11 Nov 11:00 am

Cape Cultural Collective Castle Picnic

The Cape Cultural Collective, a Cape Town based NPO will be hosting their annual picnic at the Castle of Good Hope on 11 November 2018. Under the banner the them “Community Voices for Human Rights” the picnic will be the conclusion event for a year-long awareness programme taking the shape of workshops and a public […]