Castle promises fun experience for visitors on Heritage Day

The 350-year-old Castle of Good Hope in the Cape Town CBD is offering free entry to all visitors tomorrow.

Visitors queue at the Castle of Good Hope in the Cape Town. Picture: castleofgoodhope.co.za

CAPE TOWN - Capetonians can take a journey into the past by celebrating Heritage Day at South Africa's oldest building this weekend.

The 350-year-old Castle of Good Hope in the Cape Town CBD is offering free entry to all visitors tomorrow.

Several events are planned for the day, including a cultural and educational programme, which will give visitors more insight into the building and the Cape's history.

CEO of the Castle Calvyn Gilfellan says visitors will get to experience a fun-filled history lesson.

"People normally associate the castle with the dark colonial past but the castle is not all gloomy. It's about entering those spaces and reflecting on our wonderful cultural heritage."

Gilfellan says there's so much to experience during a short trip to the Castle.

"I call on all South Africans to come to the castle to pause for a while and reflect on 350 years of heritage that we've collectively built up. We collectively need to celebrate and, I think, in a reconciliatory manner."