Carlton Centre

Iconic bird’s-eye view of the City of Gold


  • Experience a great overview of the layout of Johannesburg
  • Step foot atop the tallest building in Africa
  • Galaxy World bowling alley and entertainment centre


Take in the iconic Johannesburg skyline from the 50th floor of the Carlton Centre, the tallest building in Africa. Sitting at 223m high, it’s known to locals as the Top of Africa and offers a panoramic view of Johannesburg. View the breath-taking scenes all around, with Mandela Bridge, Gold Reef City and the township of Soweto some of the most noteworthy sights. Visit during the rich golden sunset and you’ll find why – in addition to being rich in the mineral – Johannesburg is known as South Africa’s ‘City of Gold’.


Construction of the Carlton Centre began in 1967 and took a lengthy seven years before completion in 1974. The centre was home to the 5-star Carlton Hotel which accommodated many of the rich and famous, including Hilary Clinton, Mick Jagger and Whitney Housten to name a few, until urban decay led the hotel to close in 1997. At 50 stories tall, four blocks long and towering 223m above Johannesburg, the Carlton Centre is the tallest building in Africa and is considered a must-see Johannesburg attraction.

Contact Details

Day Open Close
Weekdays 09:00 18:00
Saturday 09:00 17:00
Sunday 09:00 14:00

Phone: +27 (0)11 308 1331 / +27 (0)11 308 2101

Directions to the Carlton Centre

Advice for visitors

If you come in your own car, park in the designated garage and take a walk to the Hill. The suggested duration for the museum is two to three hours, but don’t rush. There is much to be seen and read in order to provide a holistic understanding of South African history. The well-signposted and detailed information boards make for easy self-guided tours, however, the available guides (included in admission fee) add unique pieces of information that could otherwise be missed. If you’re in need of a refreshment during your time at Constitution Hill, be sure to visit The Hill restaurant for lunch, which serves delicious burgers, salads and wraps.

Did you know

Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Ghandi, Fatima Meer and Winni Madikizela-Mandela served prison time here.

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