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Constitution Hill

Johannesburg, Gauteng

Nowhere can the story of South Africa’s turbulent past and its extraordinary transition to democracy be told as at Constitution Hill. This National Heritage Site has witnessed over a century of South Africa’s history, from rebellious British soldiers who fought with the Boers, the youth caught up in the Soweto Uprising, to the dawn of democracy and the building of South Africa’s Constitutional Court. Visit Constitution Hill and learn about the injustices of South Africa’s past while observing the process by which freedom was won and is now protected. Exhibitions and museums you can visit at Constitution Hill include the following:

Number Four - The journey to Number Four, the dark heart of Constitution Hill, deepens the visitor’s understanding of what it means to be placed at the bottom of the racial hierarchy and how the apartheid system made criminals of black men. Prisoners such as Mahatma Ghandi, Robert Sobukwe, and the Students of the 1976 uprising know this prison all too well. The Old Fort - Built in 1893, this is one of Johannesburg’s oldest buildings. This was a prison for white males, with Nelson Mandela being the only black prisoner to be held here.

The Women’s Gaol - The grace of this Victorian-style building belies the pain and suffering that occurred within. This is the place where the likes of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Albertina Sisulu, Fatima Meer and many other political activists were held. Constitutional Court - South Africa’s highest court, and guardian of the basic human rights and freedom that so many imprisoned here had fought for and won, also houses a collection of artworks by eminent South African artists.

Constitution Hill offers a range of meeting and banqueting venues and film shoot locations, and a full calendar of public programmes and exhibitions bring the site to life.


11 Kotze Street, Braamfontein

Opening & Closing Times:

Open: 9am−5pm (Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri) last tour at 4pm

9am−2pm (Weds) last tour at 1pm

10am−3pm (Sat, Sun) last tour at 2pm. Tours take place hourly.