17th-century castle, home to three museums (courtesy Cape Town Tourism)
Today the castle, built 1679, is home to three museums. The William Fehr Collection is a fine display of furnishings reflecting the Cape’s history, with landscapes, 17th-century Japanese porcelain and 18th-century Indonesian furniture. Upstairs is a huge dining table which seats 104, in a room still used for state dinners. The Secunde’s House, from where the Dutch East India Company was run, recreates life from 17-19th centuries. The Military Museum depicts the conflicts of early settlers. Free guided tours (Mon-Sat) include the torture chambers and cells. Also a small café, and van der Stel’s restored wine cellars, where you can taste and buy wines. Ceremonial changing of the guard at noon, which coincides with the firing of the Noon Gun from Signal Hill. Open daily 9am-4pm. Adult R30; conc R15.