Discover the best top things to do in Bathurst, South Africa including St John's Anglican Church, The Big Pineapple, Clumber Church, Wesleyan Chapel, The Toposcope, Bradshaws Mill, Old Powder Magazine, Bathurst Agricultural Museum, Lushington Valley Reserve.
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4 based on 22 reviews
This is an ancient 1820 Settler Church- on a hill overlooking Bathurst in the Eastern Cape. A wee bit run down, but very peaceful and informative if one is looking at history- and awe-inspiring too- as the area is so old, and looking at the gravestones, one is immediately aware of the anguish, yet, bravery of the old settlers. Well Worth a visit.
3.5 based on 71 reviews
If you have been driving for a while and looking for a short stop to stretch your legs and find out some interesting facts about Pineapples then this is your pick. That Pineapple is huge and the views of the pineapple fields and surrounding areas from the top of the pineapple is really cool but other than an outdated video about the planting harvesting there is not really much. In saying all of that we don't regret making the stop. It was the perfect quick pit stop between East London and Port Elizabeth to get some fresh air and a small stroll.
4.5 based on 9 reviews
A Church built in the 1860 's by the British Settlers of 1820. The third to stand atop a small hill called Mount Mercy where the Nottingham Settlers out spanned after the arduous journey from England. 1820 Settler graves abound . Church has yellowwood floors and pews . Of great historical significance. Services are stii held here despite depopulation of the rural farmland. Of great scenic beauty in its location.
All alone in the countryside , atop a small hill is this beautiful Church built by the 1820 Settlers. Surrounded on three sides by graves , most of which are Settlers and their descendants. To the back of the Church is another National Monument , the Clumber School. The inside is simple , with yellowwood floors and yellowwood pews and a pulpit allegedly built by a Settler and bought in Grahamstown. Magnificent chandeliers / lighting recovered from under the stage of the Hall which has now been demolished.
A setting which is magnificent and unique and oh so peaceful. A sense of history pervades.
4 based on 5 reviews
A note to visitors - the current pic on the TA" things to do in Bathurst" site, is not the Wesleyan Church in Bathurst. The church is also better known as the "Methodist Church".
As with most churches built for use by Methodists, the style of this building is uncompromisingly practical and almost devoid of any embellishment, yet there is such beauty in its simplicity. It only consists of two rooms, the main space being the place of worship and the anterior room -a multi- functional space with desk, cupboards, etc.
It has a fascinating history, as it was used as a refuge for the townsfolk during the Frontier wars, providing protection and sanctuary - today it is there for the spirirtual upliftment of the community.
I can well believe that many folk have found peace within these walls - the wooden pews look orginal and gleam with a patina which only comes from much cleaning.
A large Wesleyan bible, dating back to the early 1900's is prominently displayed and is eye-catching.
Grateful thanks to all who made it possible for me to view the interior at such short notice, with special thanks to Lara and the canine beasties who provided an escort for us!
3 based on 29 reviews
The Toposcope is historically interesting and if you have time then do visit. But you will be in for a disappointment as it has been badly vandalized and neglected and is dirty. It is a sad reflection on the leaders of Bathurst Council (or whoever is reasonable for such things) that this has been allowed to decay.
4 based on 12 reviews
Check out the road .. The map said the road to the mill was closed .. and you are supposed to phone the curator to make a booking ! We never made as access and th need to book defeated us !
4 based on 4 reviews
It is difficult to find this little stone building (a local showed us) and the road is bad. It is the oldest building in the town and was built by the military before the arrival of the 1820 British Settlers. It is a National Monument and was interesting to see. It took more time to find it than it takes to view.
South Africa's only privately managed, touch museum. Rund regular demonstrations of ancient equipment used by South African farmers through the ages.
A varied wildlife and nature preservation area, stocked with game and mixed use cattle ranching. This property can be hired for picnics, walks and functions. We also plan and operate, trail runs and mountain bike routes. Monthly "Full Moon Dinners" and walking picnics are a regular feature
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