In and around Simonstown

Outdoor activities abound in Simonstown, so be prepared to spend more than a day. From great white shark cage diving to the African Penguins at Boulders Beach and the many exciting wine estates & restaurants. Local eateries, bistros and coffee shops never disappoint and for those interested, there are several museums to be visited offering marvelous information and artifacts on South African history.

The Grosvenor Guest House is so conveniently situated that you rarely need use transport. Some of the most wonderful restaurants and interesting shops are all within walking distance of the guest house, not to mention the famous Simon's Town Naval Base, museums and many other nautical objects of interest. See below for details or consult your hosts Debbie or Sue who will gladly advise on things to do and places to see.

Activities in Simonstown

This fascinating naval town, steeped in nautical history and tradition was named after the governor of the Cape Colony, Simon van der Stel who recommended that the bay be used as a safe winter anchorage by the Dutch East India Company vessels calling at the Cape.

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Beaches

  • Boulders Beach "sharing with Penguins is a prerequisite :)"
  • Foxy Beach
  • Seaforth Beach
  • Long Beach
  • Glencairn Beach
Supping in Simonstown
Cape Point

Cape Point

Cape Point is one of South Africa's most famous landmarks and a spectacle not to be missed. Take a day tour on a beautiful scenic coastal trip to visit this spectacular site.

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Old and Historical Buildings in Simonstown
Old Buildings and

Historical Sites in Simon's Town

  • Church of St Francis
    The oldest existing Anglican Church in South Africa
  • Romans Rock Lighthouse
    South Africa's third oldest lighthouse and the only one built on a rock
  • Simonstown Museum
    Built in 1777, archives the town's history and is housed in the Residency – former home of the Dutch East India Company governors.
  • Warrior Toy Museum
    This museum showcases a unique collection of toy cars and trains, dolls and lead soldiers. Great for kids young and old.
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A delicious affair

Restaurants

Restaurants and eateries abound in Simon's Town. There is no way to be bored with what's on offer. Delectable Sushi, succulent seafood and delicious continental cuisine. There's something to please every palate.

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More than 615 bird species recorded

Bird Watching

Of the 615 recorded bird species between the Western and Northern Cape Provinces, sightings of 220 of these have been made in Cape Town in one single day alone!

The top 10 Species in the Western Cape:

  • Cape Sugarbird
  • Cape Rockjumper
  • Black Harrier
  • Knysna Warbler
  • Protea Canary
  • Southern Black Korhaan
  • Hottentot Buttonquail
  • Agulhas Long-billed Lark
  • African Penguin (Boulders Beach Simon's Town)
  • Bank Cormorant

Bird watching in and around Simon's Town is a feast for those interested especially in pelagic bird species. There are several tour operators offering boat based tours where you can view amongst several others Cape Gannets, White-capped and Yellow-nosed Albatross, Storm Petrels, Manx Shearwaters and Cory. Truly a photographers dream come true as these magnificent birds vie for food behind trawlers.

Kayaking in Simonstown

Kayaking

The one and only way to see Penguins at their best, take a 2 hour kayak trip. No experience required and we'll do the booking for you!

Robben Island
World Heritage Site

Robben Island

Just 12 kms from Cape Town, this world heritage site is not to be missed. Take a ferry ride from the V & A Waterfront to Robben Island for and informative and fun filled day.

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Shopping in Simonstown

Shopping

Simon's Town and the neighbouring coastal villages offer a plethora of speciality shops to keep you so busy you'll forget to go home. From delicatessens to antique stores, art galleries and curio shops, too many to mention.

Waterbikes In Simonstown
Boating and Cruises in Simonstown
Whales, sharks, seals and more

Boating

Charter a boat or take a boat trip out in the bay. Whatever your fancy Simon's Town offers it all including a "Water Taxi" from the Waterfront in Simon's Town. If you fancy a day out during crayfish season, no problem! Or perhaps a trip out to Seal Island. Try out a whale watching boat trip and don't forget your camera - spectacular!

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Table Mountain, Boulders & Cape of Good Hope

Cape Peninsula National Park

One of the most spectacular drives in the world. From Cape Town around the Peninsula along the False Bay coastline via Cape Point and back along the Atlantic coast via Hout Bay, Clifton's famous beaches and Sea Point.

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Table Mountain
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
World Heritage Site

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

60 Hectares covering the SE slopes of Table Mountain dedicated to indigenous flora. Open air concerts and recitals on Sundays, breakfasts and teas.

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View from the Grosvenor Guest House in Simonstown

About Simonstown

Simon's Town was originally named Isselsteijn Bay from a Dutch East Indiaman of the same name who sheltered there in 1671 during a storm. Reports from this ships' crew filtered back to the Governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel that the bay provided ideal shelter from the winter winds and storms of Table Bay.

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African Penguins at Boulders Beach
Table Mountain National Park

Boulders

Boulders, renowned for its thriving colony of African Penguins offers not only outstanding viewing opportunities for penguins and whales but a beautiful safe beach and superb photo opportunities. Elevated boardwalks provide exceptional viewing opportunities for penguins and whales during the calving season.

Boulders Beach Simonstown
Heritage Site

Company's Garden

Situated at the very top of Adderley Street in Cape Town City Centre, the Company's Garden was originally established to provide fresh fruit and vegetable for the seamen sailing from Holland to Indonesia.

The beautiful Garden is home to several landmark buildings including Parliament, SA Museum, SA National Gallery, Slave Lodge, St George's Cathedral, the Jewish Museum and the university of Cape Town's City Campus.

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Cape Point Vineyards
Eateries and

Wine Estates

You simply cannot miss a visit to some of the finest wine estates and eateries to be found in the Cape.

White Shark Cage Diving with APEX

White Shark Cage Diving

White Shark Cage Diving is a must for adrenaline junkies visiting Simon's Town. The Grosvenor Guest House partners with Apex and will be happy to make your reservation for you.

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Wine Tasting @ Grosvenor

Let us know if you would like us to arrange a special wine tasting for you on our deck. What could be better than a specially arranged wine pairing as you take in the magnificent view at Grosvenor Guest House?

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What Our Guests Say

Trystan Gale

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We stayed at Grosvenor a little bit ago. What an amazing stay, we had assistance above and beyond with all our need. What an amazing time and beautiful stay. I would Highly recommend The Grosvenor

Jill and Peter Dent

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Thank for a lovely visit. Sue, Jonathan and James do the B&B credit. Such friendly and helpful folks. thanks!!

Adrian Havenga

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An amazing place. Stay very friendly and helpful!

D Maniane

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Excellent Service, friendly people. thank you, always ready to help and make our stay easy and pleasant.

Michael Andrykowsk

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Wonderful! great service!

Ruann Venter

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Brilliant stay. thank you for everything!!

John Lalonde

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James, Jonathan, were most helpful. Thank you so much!!

Vera David

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Awesome view, Great place, cute little town!!

Ingrid Noden

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Thank your lovely stay!!

Ingrid Noden

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Thank your lovely stay!!

Vuyelwa Mbalekwa

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what a pleasant weeknd stay . Suberb!! Am definitely coming back and will recommending to all my networks. (Enkosi Kakhulu) Thank you very much!!

Lyda Phillips

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wonderful place, gorgeous view and especially staff are wonderful!!

Frank Sabine

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A beautiful place for rest, very good breakfast!!

Jerome and Merie

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Thank you Debbie, Sue and Jonathan for your wonderful hospitality.

Kobus Schoeman

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Lovely stay, beautiful view and people!
Thanx

Cassidy Lemke

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Everyone was super friendly and welcoming. The grounds are absolutely beautiful.

Jose Proenca

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Unbelievably friendly welcome and stay, delicious food - brilliant, thank you
James and Singi

Jose Proenca

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Unbelievably friendly welcome and stay, delicious food - brilliant, thank you
James and Singi

Eddie Murphy

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Amazing stay, friendly and welcoming.
Beautiful views

ERIC LOUE

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What a splendid spot! warm hospitality and perfect location
Thank you

LOGAN CROWLEY

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Such a beautiful B&B and great experiences!

John Chilak

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Spent the week hanging out with a lot of great white sharks them coming back to this phenomenal guest house. Great staff, great owners, great guests.
Best place to stay in town 10/10

Hugo and Alison Taylor

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Fabulous stay in a fabulous country.

Katarina Bongtsrom

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Outstanding service and views. We would very much like to come back some day.Very nice place. We loved it here.

Marisol Lopez

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Best Ever! Thanks for the smiles and kindness.

Michael Giell

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We had such a great time here. Very relaxing. Will come back again for sure

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