The 9 Best Things to Do in Bathurst, South Africa

October 28, 2017 Phylicia Berquist

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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1. St John's Anglican Church

Donkin Terrace, Bathurst, South Africa
Excellent
31%
Good
60%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 22 reviews

St John's Anglican Church

Reviewed By Beverly Y - Port Alfred, South Africa

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.

2. The Big Pineapple

Kowie Road | Summerhill Farm, Bathurst 6166, South Africa
Excellent
21%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
32%
Poor
15%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 71 reviews

The Big Pineapple

Reviewed By DeeMoo16

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the views of the pineapple fields and surrounding areas from the top of the pineapple is really cool but other than an outdated video about the planting harvesting there is not really much.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.

3. Clumber Church

In the country | North of Bathurst, Bathurst 6166, South Africa +27 76 061 1025
Excellent
56%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 9 reviews

Clumber Church

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.

Reviewed By CourteneyGeorge - Paternoster, South Africa

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. Wesleyan Chapel

Bathurst, South Africa
Excellent
20%
Good
80%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 5 reviews

Wesleyan Chapel

Reviewed By Jilldutoit - Port Elizabeth, South Africa

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!

5. The Toposcope

Nico Malan Avenue, Bathurst, South Africa
Excellent
10%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
44%
Poor
13%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

3 based on 29 reviews

The Toposcope

Reviewed By Paul189852 - Stockholm, Sweden

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.

6. Bradshaws Mill

Lower Trappes Street, Bathurst 6166, South Africa +27 76 294 6516
Excellent
51%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
8%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 12 reviews

Bradshaws Mill

Reviewed By hilltopOxon - Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

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 !

7. Old Powder Magazine

Bathurst 6166, South Africa
Excellent
25%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 4 reviews

Old Powder Magazine

Reviewed By Lu-Gerda - Mossel Bay, South Africa

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.

8. Bathurst Agricultural Museum

Trappes Road | c/o Pussyfoot Lane, Bathurst 6166, South Africa +27 71 282 9161

South Africa's only privately managed, touch museum. Rund regular demonstrations of ancient equipment used by South African farmers through the ages.

9. Lushington Valley Reserve

R67, Bathurst 6166, South Africa +27 46 625 0673
Lushington Valley Reserve

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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