IMPORTANT PUBLIC NOTICE

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF CASTLE

13 TO 29 JANUARY 2022

TO COMPLETE AN INTERNATIONAL, ON-SITE FILM PRODUCTION

In our last message dated November 2021, we announced the temporary closure of the Castle for day-to-day tourism and other operations. However, due to technical challenges and the festive season break, filming was interrupted hence the earlier than expected re-opening just before the holiday season. These changes ensured an excellent festive season for our visitors, to whom we are incredibly grateful.

However, after tedious re-planning and rescheduling, the wrap-up of this significant filming event is now scheduled to take place from 13 to 29 January 2022.

“We decided to rather close for the next two weeks instead of compromising the safety and security of staff and visitors. The strict COVID-19 protocols to which the movie industry must adhere is another motivating factor.”

On behalf of management and the Board, we want to extend a sincere word of apologies for any inconvenience this necessary measure may cause. We hope to welcome you back on 30 January 2022 and appreciate your patience and support.

Warm regards

Chief Executive - Castle Control Board

Festive Season 2021/22
Message From The CEO


I cannot believe that yet another surreal year is behind us. Yes, when penning this message, the new OMNICRON variant of the Coronavirus was still rearing its ugly head and threatened to plunge us into a stricter lockdown. The latter is on top of the unfair travel restrictions from our major international source markets.

Sadly, this is what the world and its economy have become, and it is up to all of us to overcome.

So, wouldn’t you agree that we need a break from it all? We need time to refuel, rethink and re-strategise about where we are going. For some of us, it is a break-away into the wilderness. Others prefer the beach. Yet others choose to engage with humanity: a monument, a museum, an exhibition, a book, a statue, or an art installation, all on offer right under our noses.

Whatever your choice, the Castle of Good Hope is here to meet your heritage, culture and history needs in a fun way. With museums and exhibitions such as the Mandela-Luthuli, Posterity, Camissa, William Fehr, Rhino, Cape Muslim & Slave Heritage, Crying for Justice, Torture Chamber, Secunde House, Krotoa, Warrior Kings, the Lady of Good Hope, Dolphin Pool, Lady Anne Barnard Banquet Hall, the oldest bell-tower, De Kat balcony, sun-dials and many more, who can go wrong at South Africa’s oldest, surviving colonial building?

And to crown it all – our professional guides provide free guided tours every day, every hour on top of the hour from 10h00!

When you do pay us the privilege to host you, please remember not to let your guard down: wear flat shoes, sun-block, sanitiser, masks and most of all – your wits – to enjoy us responsibly.

At only R50 per adult and R25 for SA senior citizens and under-18s, the attractions mentioned above (plus free parking from the Darling Street entrance) this is an opportunity not to be missed. Please note that besides reputable online booking engines, tickets are only sold at the main entrance opposite the Grand Parade (where the two lions are guarding over the gate).

Our adjusted operating times are 09h00 to 16h00.

Happy holidays and thanks for a year of unwavering support!

Chief Executive - Castle Control Board

South African Museums Association

Recommended Norms & Standards
For The Operating of Museums
During COVID-19

08 July 2020

- Click here to view the document -

 

First ever cyberbullying workshop co-hosted with
Trafalgar High at the Castle of Good Hope
[1 June 2021]

 

Deputy Minister of Defence & Military Veterans
Mr Thabang Makwetla's Visit to the Castle
[3 June 2021]
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Memories Of The Struggle: Australians Against Apartheid

16th October 2018.

 

 

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. The exhibition includes historic pictures, along with details of the activists and interviews held at the time.

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.

A delegation from Australia travelled to Cape Town for the opening, led by the Hon Dr Meredith Burgmann, who famously stopped the game in Sydney and was given a two month gall sentence.

Tom Kelly, human rights lawyer and activist, Jane Singleton who was Chair of the Australian National ANC Support Committee and journalist /broadcaster, with former Capetonians, Angus Leendertz, Natalie Hendricks, Patrick Wagner and Ish Larney founding members of the Australasian South African Alliance (ASAA) are part of the delegation.

The exhibition has been devised and curated by Angus Leendertz.

“Bringing this exhibition home means so much to me and many others who were part of the struggle for democracy in our country. It is so important to remember this terrible part of our history and holding the exhibition in this historical site of trauma, makes the story all the more powerful” says Leendertz.

Singleton says “This celebration of activism proves you CAN make a difference. Principled and gutsy Australians helped make a difference to the lives of hundreds of thousands of South Africans.”

 

 

SA Tourism Services Association
Frequently Asked Questions For Tourists Travelling To SA [PDF 2MB]
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The high season is in full swing and that means that visitors from all over will be in Cape Town for a much-needed holiday break. Each visitor must have the best possible experience – particularly with regards to safety.

Please be alert and aware of the following:

  • Only use secured ATMs, such as those in shopping centres or at the CTICC complex.
  • Do not allow anyone to take you to an ATM – fraudsters may attempt to take you to an ATM – say "no" when asked.
  • Do not accept help from anyone at an ATM. This includes uniformed personnel as Fraudsters may dress in uniform and approach you.
  • You do not need a COVID-19 permit or a permit to walk the streets of Cape Town.
  • Crime hotspot areas that should be avoided or proceeded with caution.

Very Important

Please download the Namola Safety App for free on your smartphones. The app can pinpoint their location with GPS and allows you to contact emergency services with a simple touch of a button. Get the app HERE.

Cape Town Cares

Should you be the unfortunate victim of crime in our city, please contact our Cape Town Cares team at: 021 487 6552. They will be able to assist visitors with replacement of lost documents, support counselling, helping visitors lay a charge at SAPS, changing itineraries and more.

An infographic with tips and emergency contact numbers.

DOWNLOAD the infographic here.

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Contact Number:
021 487 6552

Four steps for visitor safety.

DOWNLOAD the infographic here.

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DOWNLOAD the infographic here.

 

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Tourism Industry Standard Protocols
For COVID-19 Operations

DOWNLOAD the document here.

Updated Lockdown
Level 2 Regulations
25 August 2020

 

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Answering your questions on filming procedures during COVID-19 lock down.

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Latest Events

To see the latest upcoming events at the Castle of Good Hope, click on a day or the month title to display the event(s).

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Key Ceremony

TIMES
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 practised today.

Canon Firing

TIMES
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

TIMES
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 seven days a week.

 

Please note that the Key Ceremony, Cannon Firing & Guided Tour activities have been suspended due to COVID-19 protocols at this time.

 

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