Grand Parade & Around

sights / Squares & plazas

Grand Parade & Around information

Cape Town , South Africa
Darling St, City Bowl
Getting there
Bus: Golden Acre Bus Terminal
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A prime location for Cape Town’s history, the Grand Parade is where the Dutch built their first fort in 1652; slaves were sold and punished; crowds gathered to watch Nelson Mandela’s first address to the nation as a free man after 27 years in jail from the balcony of the Old Town Hall; and the official FIFA fan park for the 2010 World Cup was set up. A market is held on part of the square which is also used for parking.

Facing the parade, the city has allotted R7 million for the renovation of the grand Edwardian Cape Town City Hall , now used occasionally for music and cultural events. Nearby Drill Hall, dating from 1889 and where Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 21st birthday, has been sensitively restored and turned into the city’s Central Library .