Heritage Site

Time travel to Cape Town 300 years ago...
Visitors are invited to don an 18th Century tricorn hat and step below sea-level for fascinating perspectives of the 17th to 19th Century Cape Town.

On the shoreline, it starts at a time of postal stones, shipwrecks and isolation wards, soldiers and slaves, exiles and explorers, locals and settlers, knechts and convicts. Displays show the result of the excavation work, including a magic carpet and a (wishing) well. Detailed models depict the battery in its heyday, a bird’s-eye view of Cape Town and Table Bay and detailed displays about cannonry. Explore the largest selection of muzzle loaded cannons in the country. Witness the loading and firing of a cannon, fire off a shot, enjoy marching drills and flag raising routines. Where memories are made and pictures shared.

Things to see and do...


One of the most popular sections is the gunnery display, a mixture of genuine artefacts, careful replicas and some of the best models to be found anywhere in South Africa – so popular, in fact, that extra new exhibits are being planned for it. Here visitors can see exactly what an early 18th-Century gunner’s duties entailed, and those on guided tours are given a quick lesson in the loading and firing of a genuine 18-pounder cannon … except, of course, that the 18-pounder isn’t actually fired.


Rate: R35 Adults R25 Seniors

Duration: 30 minutes

Start Location: Open 7 days a week

Departure Times: 9am to 4pm