Goodwood was established as a small, semi-rural suburb in 1905. It was named after London's world-famous Goodwood Race Course, where plans were to foster a similar horse racing lifestyle in the Cape Town-based suburb. However, while a venue was constructed, concrete plans to turn it into a prestigious racing ground hosting South Africa’s finest thoroughbreds did not materialise.
The suburb was officially declared a municipality in 1938 and since then Goodwood has become a highly concentrated, industrialised area. Due to its massive growth, the municipality has extended to incorporate the townships of Elsies River and Monte Vista. This extenuation has resulted in the development of approximately 70 businesses and industries, ranging from steel and construction warehouses to furniture-producing factories and a motor-assembling plant.
While Goodwood does not emanate a leafy suburbia, it is in close proximity to areas abound in family-friendly entertainment and activities. Its finest attraction is without a doubt, Grandwest Casino and Entertainment World. This entertainment destination is the largest of its kind in South Africa, offering around-the-clock thrills and boundless fun for the entire family. Travel further afield to Century City and you'll be in the vicinity of Cape Town’s popular theme park, Ratanga Junction. Open during the festive periods and school holidays, there is a thrill to be had by everyone.
Holidaymakers looking to learn more about the suburb can do so at the Goodwood History Museum. Here you'll receive an account of its illustrious heritage and rich culture. The museum is a square house designed in a typical 1930's fashion, where two rooms are displayed to the public to depict the style of that time. To make the experience even more authentic, there is even a functioning gramophone playing music in the background.
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