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V&A Waterfront Guided Historical Walking Tours

Cape Town, Western Cape

The V&A Waterfront covers 123 hectares — that's 180 rugby fields. Grab a couple of the guides from the Information Kiosk in the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre or the Watershed and discover the best places to eat, shop and explore. From the Two Oceans Aquarium, the world-class shops, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (opening 2017) to helicopter flips and boat cruises— visitors to the V&A Waterfront can do it all.

Adding to a diverse entertainment, retail and cultural offering, the V&A Waterfront now offers visitors the opportunity to unlock and experience the true historical richness of the V&A Waterfront and its significant contribution to Cape Town’s heritage. Visitors can join a 90-minute walking tour conducted by an experienced and registered tour guide with a sound knowledge of the history of Cape Town and the sites visited during the tour. The tour guide, in period costume, will relay stories and anecdotes that will not only capture the imagination of visitors, but will also evoke the time and atmosphere of days gone by. The tour gives an overview of the V&A Waterfront, explaining the significance of the property in relation to Cape Town’s history, and elaborating on the many influences and contributions to South Africa’s oldest natural working harbour. No bookings are required. Tours depart at 11am and 2pm. Open: Daily

A free self-guided historical walking tour is available at the V&A. Visitors follow a series of 32 information boards situated across the property, which includes the historic Grain Silo complex, which is currently being redeveloped into the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. The boards explain and illustrate the history and heritage of buildings, events and people that formed the history of the property and link the city to the harbour. The tour starts and ends at the V&A Information Centre and takes approximately one hour to complete. A free map of the walking route is available from the Information Centre and Chavonnes Battery Museum.

Contact Details:

021 408 7600


Departs from Chavonnes Battery Museum at the Clock Tower Precinct