About The Castle



A story of joy, pain, tears, laughter, disappointment, fear, hope – and all the that characterize us as a nation.

Opened in1679, the Castle is the oldest surviving building in South Africa and has been the centre of civilian, political and military life at the Cape and the nation since.

161209. CAPE TOWN. The Castle of Good Hope on Friday the 9th of December 2016, held a national tribute in honour of three indigenous warrior-kings, their majesties King Cetshwayo kaSenzangakhona of amaZulu, King Langalibalele kaMthimkulu of amaHlubi, King Sekhukhune of BaPedi and Gorochougua clan freedom fighter and Khoe (khoisan) leader Doman all of whom, at different periods, were captured and incarcerated at the castle after having led various wars of resistance against the land and cattle dispossessions that ensued following the arrival of Dutch and later British settlers in South Africa. Picture Henk Kruger

Kings of the Castle

Statues of King Cetshwayo, Langalibalele, Sekhukhune and 17th century freedom fighter, Nommoä was unveiled in December 2016. The three kings had once languished in the Castle’s gloomy cells, and Nommoä had known first-hand the penalty of contesting the power that resided within it.



The Castle of Good Hope is rich in local history and heritage with magnificent architecture and views. We offer you a unique events experience… a venue with a difference and endless possibilities!

Whether you want to host an indoor or outdoor event, a trendy market, a wedding or end of year party, a banquet, a photo or film shoot; we can offer you a variety of options at affordable prices.

We are happy to assist with some ideas to ensure an unforgettable experience.

Contact our Events Manager, Faith Mtabati on 071 940 1331 or events@castleofgoodhope.co.za for a quotation or to set up a site visit.

Add some authentic South African heritage your next event at the Castle of Good Hope. Click here to download the Venue Hire Capacity document.


Holiday Message from the CEO

I 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 I use this opportunity to wish you a joyous, healthy and happy holiday season.  You deserve the break!

The more I think about it, the more I realize that there are very few architectural and cultural heritage sites around that has the variety of unique cultural experiences the Castle of Good Hope offers.

I had the privilege to explore cities like Beijing, Paris, London, Rio, Tokyo, Melbourne, Singapore, Brussels and many others.  Although all of them offer what we have, theirs’ are often dispersed or pricey.  From the best-preserved 17th century Dutch fort in the world, to larger-than-life statues of indigenous royal warriors to the firing of small but ear-splitting signal cannon to a recreated 17th century military drill; it feels like our Castle is a mall of heritage experiences under one roof!

It amazes me how the Castle has become a sought-after venue for life-style events.  In the coming weeks, tourists and event goers will be treated with a host of exciting events.  These include local youth music icon Nasty C, a Gaming Expo (Playtopia), the annual Cape Cultural Picnic and the Sizzled Summer Experience – to mention but a few.  Our Castle is now really cooking up a storm!

Welcome to the Castle of Good Hope and enjoy your time with us.

Love and peace