Simon’s Town has all the attributes of a quaint English Victorian seaside town, complete with its own “British Hotel”.
Its origins however as a town and safe-haven port are from the Dutch colonial period who named the town Simonstad after Simon van der Stel a governor of the Dutch settlement.
During the early to late 1800s the burgers and merchants of Simon’s Town constructed the beautifully facaded buildings that you see today.
They each feature a unique mix of Cape Dutch and British influences and were constructed to provide facilities for the sailors, administrators and travellers working in, or passing through, the Royal Navy dockyard, which was established in 1814.
Simon’s Town is situated on the East side of the Cape Peninsular at False Bay. It is connected to Cape Town by a railway line established by the British to provide an efficient supply route to the dockyard.
Today, Simon’s Town is the home of the South African Navy as well as being a delightful tourist town, with its harbour and famous Penguin beaches close by. The historic buildings now house antique shops, cafes, chic boutiques, estate agents and the like; drawing in many tourists who stop by.
Few could fail to be impressed by the colourful and decorative facades of town’s historic buildings.