The Constitution Hill complex is split into four parts: the Old Fort, the Women’s Gaol, the Number 4 Prison block and the Constitutional Court. Extensive exhibitions reveal shocking details about the brutality of the apartheid prison system and stories of the daily struggle for dignity are told through the eyes of the many ordinary and notable people such as Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, who passed through this place.
A one-hour guided tour of Constitution Hill’s highlights leaves on the hour every hour and is included in the entrance ticket to Constitution Hill's museum areas (last tour at 16:00). A two-hour tour of the entire complex leaves twice a day at 10:00 and at 13:00. The one hour ‘highlights’ tour is ideal for visitors with limited time to spend at Constitution Hill, as it visits the Number 4 section, the Constitutional Court and the Women’s Gaol or the Old Fort (depending on time of day) and covers the entire 120 year history of this important place.
A selection of special themed tours is also available for groups. These include the Mandela-themed Walk with Madiba tour, the Art and Justice tour of the South African Constitutional Court and its many beautiful artworks, the interactive Time Travel tour where visitors become prisoners (you’ll even be provided with your own prison uniform!) and a night tour of the complex which begins with sundowners on the old fort ramparts. All special themed tours must be booked in advance (minimum group size is 10).
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Note that Constitution Hill is closed on Good Friday (April 14).
Price/Additional InfoEntrance to museum areas R65, kids, students R30, pensioners R45 (includes optional one hour guided tour), entrance and a two hour guided tour R85, kids, students R55, pensioners R60. Discounts are available for groups and visitors using the the City Sightseeing red bus. Entrance tickets and tickets for themed tours can be booked online. Secure parking is available at the car park inside the centre of Constitution Hill (entrance off Joubert Street).
Special themed tours such as the Walk with Madiba tour or the Art and Justice tour must be booked in advance (groups of minimum 10 people).
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