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Constitution Hill is a living museum that tells the story of South Africa’s journey to democracy. The site is a former prison and military fort that bears testament to South Africa’s turbulent past and, today, is home to the country’s Constitutional Court, which endorses the rights of all citizens.
There is perhaps no other site of incarceration in South Africa that imprisoned the sheer number of world-renowned men and women as those held within the walls of the Old Fort, the Women's Jail and Number Four. Nelson Mandela. Mahatma Gandhi. Joe Slovo. Albertina Sisulu. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Fatima Meer.
Free-admission days will be offered to commemorate special national holidays.
Our highlights tour is an hour long and alternates each hour, visiting the Women`s Jail, Number Four and the Constitutional Court one hour, and the Old Fort, Number Four and the Constitutional Court the next.
This tour is particularly useful for organised tours, visitors arriving on the City Sightseeing red bus and those with limited time. After the tour, you are welcome to explore the rest of the precinct on your own.
Experience the whole of Constitution Hill – the Old Fort, the Women`s Jail, Number Four and the Constitutional Court – on our full, two-hour tour.
This holistic tour comes to the heart of what Constitution Hill is all about, exploring the precinct’s complex history, its mutations through time, the humiliations and injustices to which its inmates were subjected, and offering an explanation as to why the court’s presence in this place is so meaningful.
Constitution Hill is a deeply resonant space, filled with the echoes of the many men and women who were incarcerated within its walls during its 100-year history. At night, however, without the comings and goings of its daytime visitors or the buzz of the city beyond, the precinct is a different space altogether.
Our Night Tour offers our visitors the chance to explore Constitution Hill beneath the night sky, giving a sense of what prisoners might have experienced during the quieter hours of their confinement.
The tour starts with sundowners on the Old Fort ramparts and ends with dinner at The Hill restaurant.
The Constitutional Court Trust owns and maintains an extraordinary collection of artworks donated by prominent artists and other benefactors to celebrate the court’s role in South Africa`s transition to democracy.
The collection was primarily assembled by Justice Albie Sachs. It includes artworks by such high-profile artists. a. The collection is more than an aesthetic addition to the Constitutional Court building, it is a unique collection of South African and international heritage that contributes to education, critical debate and research on the roles of the Constitution and the court.The tour begins at 6pm at the main entrance to the court and lasts for approximately 90 mins
Our Time Travel Tour begins by providing visitors with prisoner uniforms and officially registering them as prisoners. Men and women are separated and marched through the precinct by their warden-come-guides, who ensure that they undertake tasks specific to male and female prisoners. At the end of the tour, the two groups will reconvene for a tour of the Constitutional Court.
Our Time Travel Tour includes lunch at The Hill restaurant.
The tour is available to groups of 10 people or more and advance bookings are essential.
Group bookings of +10 ONLY.
The Constitutional Court, the highest court in the land, is a building rich in symbolism. It was built in line with the theme of lekgotla, which refers to the traditional African custom of conducting justice beneath the branches of a tree. The tour begins at the Awaiting Trial Block, moves into the court foyer and finally into the court chamber.
The tour is conducted by an expert, who will discuss South Africa’s Constitutional dispensation and the building`s architecture and artworks. For groups of 10+ only.
90 minutes long
The story of the site comes alive through our self-guided tours where one can explore the entire site at their own leisure. For the best experience, one can make use of the of the Constitution Hill App (please inquire at the ticket office) to navigate their way around. On the self-guided tour, ones explores the Women’s Gaol, the Old Fort, No 4 Prison and the Constitutional Court. The time constraints do not apply here as guests adhere to their own time schedules and tours are available from 09h00 – 15h00.