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Cape Town City Hall
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Cape Town City Hall

Listen to live music performances and admire regal architecture at this landmark structure, made famous after Nelson Mandela gave a speech from its balcony.

Cape Town City Hall is a magnificent work of architecture and one of the city’s finest Edwardian buildings. It’s also a superb venue for art exhibitions and concerts.

Construction of Cape Town City Hall began in 1900 and it took 5 years to complete. It became known throughout the world in 1990 when Nelson Mandela gave his first public address after being released from his 27-year prison sentence

Take a moment to appreciate the building’s imposing Italian Renaissance-style limestone façade. Note the use of columns, each crowned by intricately carved capitals. The honey-colored building also features a clock tower, said to be a scaled-down replica of London’s Big Ben, which dominates London’s Houses of Parliament. On the hour, the tower’s bells play the Westminster chimes.

Step inside the venue and survey the beautiful mosaic floor that leads to a marble staircase. Pay attention to the collection of stained-glass windows. The building’s auditorium hosts a series of live music events. Be enchanted by recitals of works by composers such as Tchaikovsky and Schuman, among other musical greats. The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra are based at Cape Town City Hall and often stage performances here. Other concerts include performances by wide-ranging musicians from all corners of Africa.

This century-old landmark sits in the eastern corner of Cape Town’s city center. It’s a short walk from the city’s main train station and major attractions such as the Castle of Good Hope. Parking is available on the surrounding streets. Cape Town City Hall looks out over Grand Parade, a former military parade square that now serves as a venue for flea markets and festivals.

Cape Town City Hall is open to the public when it hosts an exhibition or performance. Ask at the building’s reception for a schedule of events.

Top Hotels Close to Cape Town City Hall

Hyatt Regency Cape Town
Hyatt Regency Cape Town
5 out of 5
BUITENGRACHT STREET, CAPE TOWN CITY, CENTRE, 126, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥8,283 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located near the airport, within a 5-minute walk of Bo Kaap Museum and Long Street. Kloof Street and Cape Town International ...
4.3/5Excellent! (407 reviews)
"The staff is very supportive and kind. Also, the hotel is located close to the downtown"

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2020

Hyatt Regency Cape Town
Taj Cape Town
Taj Cape Town
5 out of 5
1 Wale Street, corner St Georges Mall, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥9,935 per night from Apr 27 to Apr 28
This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located near the airport, just steps from St. Georges Mall and Long Street. Kloof Street and Castle of Good Hope are ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (991 reviews)
"Great location, friendly staff, large rooms"

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2021

Taj Cape Town
Kloof Street Hotel
Kloof Street Hotel
4 out of 5
49 Kloof St, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥6,625 per night from Apr 22 to Apr 23
Located in Cape Town City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Kloof Street and Long Street. Castle of Good Hope and Cape Town International Convention ...
5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Lovely stay
"It's a lovely stay at Kloof Street Hotel. My room had enough space and it was very quiet. The staff is very kind and helpful, I will definitely come back again."

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2021

Kloof Street Hotel
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Best Lodging Options Near Cape Town City Hall

Hyatt Regency Cape Town
Hyatt Regency Cape Town
5 out of 5
BUITENGRACHT STREET, CAPE TOWN CITY, CENTRE, 126, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥8,283 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
Hyatt Regency Cape Town
Taj Cape Town
Taj Cape Town
5 out of 5
1 Wale Street, corner St Georges Mall, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥9,935 per night from Apr 27 to Apr 28
Taj Cape Town
Kloof Street Hotel
Kloof Street Hotel
4 out of 5
49 Kloof St, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥6,625 per night from Apr 22 to Apr 23
Kloof Street Hotel
Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, Cape Town
Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, Cape Town
4 out of 5
22 Riebeek Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥7,336 per night from May 2 to May 3
Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, Cape Town
The Onyx Apartment Hotel
The Onyx Apartment Hotel
4 out of 5
57 Heerengracht Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥7,888 per night from Apr 22 to Apr 23
The Onyx Apartment Hotel
Hotel Sky Cape Town
Hotel Sky Cape Town
3.5 out of 5
Lower Long St, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥5,226 per night from Apr 22 to Apr 23
Hotel Sky Cape Town
InnsCape on Castle
InnsCape on Castle
3.5 out of 5
53 Castle Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥5,127 per night from May 6 to May 7
InnsCape on Castle
One&Only Cape Town
One&Only Cape Town
5 out of 5
Dock Road, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥88,738 per night from Apr 22 to Apr 23
One&Only Cape Town
Mount Nelson, A Belmond Hotel, Cape Town
Mount Nelson, A Belmond Hotel, Cape Town
5 out of 5
76 Orange Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥30,230 per night from May 20 to May 21
Mount Nelson, A Belmond Hotel, Cape Town
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.