Simon's Town

Simon's Town

It is located on the shores of False Bay or or down to spectacular Cape Point itself, on the eastern side of the Cape Peninsula. A scenic train trip to Simon's Town on one of the country's oldest railway lines provides a pleasant alternative to driving. Twenty-one buildings along the main street are over 150 years old, and have been restored to their original Victorian splendor. The well preserved, elegant Victorian home was originally designed by Sir John Jackson in 1898.

The Maritime Museum focuses on South African naval history, while the Simon's Town Museum highlights the history of the town. The Warrior Toy Museum has a permanent exhibition of dinky toys, dolls, Meccano model cars, boats, trains and other toys. Nearby, the sheltered little beach at Boulders is home to a thriving colony of some 700 jackass penguins. Simon's Town forms part of the False Bay Whale Route.

The town has several museums which are worth visiting. Simon's Town Museum highlights events in the development of Simon's Town through the centuries. The South African Naval Museum in the Mast House (1815) alongside the Simon's Town Museum, displays models of ships and related maritime events. Simon's Town Martello Tower: In the last weeks of 1795 or the first weeks of 1796 the British built a round tower on a site that today falls within the Naval Base.

Simon’s Town’s historical mile, St George’s Street, has 21 buildings over 150 years’ old and includes a local museum, the navy museum and a toy museum. This stretch also includes the Church of St Francis, said to be the oldest Anglican Church in the country, a Mosque built in 1926, and the Dido Valley Cemetery, filled with gracious headstones made virtually illegible by the salt-laden sea air and wind.

The Heritage Museum in Amlay House on King George Street, also worth a visit, features many aspects of the Muslim community, and the nearby Mosque is absolutely beautiful. Visit the grave of Simon's Town's most famous sailor, Able Seaman Just Nuisance, the Great Dane who was the darling of the British Royal Navy and the only dog in history to receive a military rank. The Museum is found in Court Road which is a left turn around 200 meters past the Simon’s Town railway station.

Boulders Beach, a few kilometres to the south of Simon's Town is reputed to be amongst the very best beaches in the Cape, and is internationally renowned for being home to one of only three South African colonies of the African (Jackass) Penguins. Here small, secluded coves with white sandy beaches and calm, safe, warm, shallow waters are interspersed between huge rounded boulders of Cape granite that form low cliffs and small caves.

Book a whale watching boat trip for a close encounter with the gentle giants of the sea. You can even get closer to the water in a stable sea kayak that leaves from the Simon’s Town jetty and can give you the edge on penguin viewing. Award winning restaurants, unique architecture and an abundance of sea life, makes Simons town a firm favorite with visitors.

The False Bay Yacht Club is conveniently situated adjacent to the Simon's Town Waterfront Centre in the town. Boat charters and sea kayaking are some of the many activities offered from the centre, and professionally managed and run deep sea fishing and whale watching charters are available.

Contact Simon's Town Tourism Office

Visiting Address:
Simon's Town Museum, The Residency, Court Road SIMON'S TOWN

Postal Address:
Simon’s Town Tourism Office, P.O. Box 56 SIMON'S TOWN 7995 South Africa
Telephone: +27 21 786 5880
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Boulders Beach at Simon's Town, Cape Peninsula