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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.

Get the most out of your time at Cape Town City Hall. Here is a list of the most popular things to do:

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For even more things to do, take a look at our Cape Town things to do page.


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Taj Cape Town ¥15,582
Taj Cape Town

Taj Cape Town

1 Wale Street, corner St Georges Mall, Cape Town, Western Cape
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located near the airport, steps from St. Georges Mall, Greenmarket Square, and Long Street. South African National Gallery and Kloof Street are also within 10 minutes. Cape Town Station is 9 minutes by foot.

    The Onyx Apartment Hotel ¥11,441
    The Onyx Apartment Hotel

    The Onyx Apartment Hotel

    57 Heerengracht Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Cape Town City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Long Street and Cape Town International Convention Centre. Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and Greenmarket Square are also within 15 minutes. Cape Town Station is 9 minutes by foot.

      Signature Lux Hotel by ONOMO Foreshore ¥4,285
      Signature Lux Hotel by ONOMO Foreshore

      Signature Lux Hotel by ONOMO Foreshore

      31 A Heerengraght Boulevard, Cape Town, Western Cape
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Cape Town City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Long Street, Cape Town International Convention Centre, and Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Greenmarket Square and Castle of Good Hope are also within 15 minutes. Cape Town Station is 6 minutes by foot.

        Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, Cape Town ¥12,889
        Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, Cape Town

        Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, Cape Town

        22 Riebeek Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Cape Town City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Long Street, Greenmarket Square, and Cape Town International Convention Centre. Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and Castle of Good Hope are also within 15 minutes. Cape Town Station is 7 minutes by foot.

          Hilton Cape Town City Centre ¥13,602
          Hilton Cape Town City Centre

          Hilton Cape Town City Centre

          126 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located by the ocean, just steps from Bo Kaap Museum and Long Street. Greenmarket Square and Kloof Street are also within 10 minutes. Cape Town Station is 14 minutes by foot.

            Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore ¥7,996
            Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore

            Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore

            29 Heerengracht Street, Foreshore, Cape Town, Western Cape
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Cape Town City Centre, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Artscape Theatre Centre and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Cape Town Stadium. Table Mountain Aerial Cableway and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens are also within 9 mi (15 km). Cape Town Station is 7 minutes by foot.

              ONOMO Hotel Cape Town – Inn on the Square ¥6,596
              ONOMO Hotel Cape Town – Inn on the Square

              ONOMO Hotel Cape Town – Inn on the Square

              10 Greenmarket Square Road, Cape Town, Western Cape
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Cape Town City Centre, this hotel is steps from Pan African Market, Greenmarket Square, and Long Street. Castle of Good Hope and Cape Town International Convention Centre are also within 15 minutes. Cape Town Station is 8 minutes by foot.

                AC Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront ¥13,702
                AC Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront

                AC Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront

                Dockrail Road, Foreshore, Cape Town, Western Cape
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Cape Town City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and Long Street. Cape Town International Convention Centre and Greenmarket Square are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cape Town Station is 19 minutes by foot.