Grahamstown (Afrikaans: Grahamstad, Xhosa: iRhini) is a town of about 70,000 people in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. It is situated about 110 kilometres (70 mi) northeast of Port Elizabeth and 130 kilometres (80 mi) southwest of East London. Grahamstown is the largest town in the Makana Local Municipality, and the seat of the municipal council. It also hosts Rhodes University, the Eastern Cape Division of the High Court, and a diocese of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa and 6 South African Infantry Battalion.
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4.5 based on 51 reviews
This stately cathedral’s prominent tower dominates High Street.
4 based on 53 reviews
This memorial on Gunfire Hill is dominated by the stunning Settlers Garden.
The VIEW is Amazing...but! Been visiting Grahamstown for some years, sad to see and from our own experience the monument and around, a blur of trashcan decay.
The staff at the monument is too busy with their personal phones or more interested in chatting away with their colleagues, than paying attention to enquiring visitors, wonder if they have any self pride or interest of this once ICONIC landmark.
4.5 based on 25 reviews
after the elephants performed some sort of show, we had the chance to feed them and take a photo. for a surcharge you're also allowed to ride them. absolutely fantastic and an awesome experience!
4 based on 43 reviews
This odd house is an eclectic melange of architectural styles, the whimsy of amateur astronomer Henry Carter Galpin. Locals would set their watches by the time on Galpin’s clock tower.
I've visited this museum as a child and an adult. I think it's very special.
It contains the only traditional camera obscura in the Southern Hemisphere in the home of the man who made it. The house is decorated as it would have been at the time the camera was built - in the style of a 19th century settler home. Once you have walked through the rooms you climb up a narrow turreted stairway to see the camera at the top. With amazing clarity you see the world outside reflected on the table. You can spot people you know in town, familiar buildings and vehicles ... You get a mini history lesson at the same time. The talk HAS been adapted since the 80s!
Go on a clear day in order to see more.
Definitely worth the tiny entrance fee - especially for children. However, most people will enjoy their visit, no matter their age.
4.5 based on 12 reviews
When celebrating mass here one cannot but be impressed by this magnificent building itself. Here is something about the history of the Church from Ancestry24:
"A Gothic Revival building in Grahamstown, probably designed by Maj. Charles Jasper Selwyn of the Royal Engineers. The priest in charge, who superintended its building, was Father Thomas Murphy. The church was erected between 1839 and 1844. The officers and men of the 27th Inniskilling Dragoon Guards and other Roman Catholic soldiers quartered in Grahamstown assisted in the building work. The church, which is the oldest existing Roman Catholic church in South Africa, is built in a coarse-stoned Tudor style, with battlemented roof and towers. In 1961 it was re-roofed and the original yellow-wood floor replaced."
4 based on 15 reviews
Sadly, time is running out for the continued use of this letterbox, as the postal service has all but ground to a halt.
I am sure that this letterbox has been well used over the years, its elegant fluted cylindrical shape disguising an almost indestructable design. The typical British letterbox has withstood all manner of assault - IRA bombs failed to shatter these hardy receptacles!
I trust that this particular letterbox will long continue to stand in its current position. It is easy to locate and a tidy flower bed is close by, not obstructing its accessibility or visibility in any way.
4.5 based on 8 reviews
The new National English Literacy Museum is built in Worcester Street in Grahamstown and has been certified by the Green Building Council of South Africa as the first (5 Star) Green Star certified project in the category Public & Education Buildings in South Africa. It is also the first (5 Star) Green Star certified project in the Eastern Cape Province in all Categories. There are numerous display areas as well as humidity controlled sealed archives and a small lecture theater. A modern building with energy saving measures installed and there is even a green garden area at the back of the building on the first level. Will be worth visiting during Arts Festival week or when passing through Grahamstown.
4 based on 8 reviews
The prison was designed in 1835 by the Royal Engineers. The cells are arranged in a semicircle and has a guard-house overlooking the cells. It is part of the Albany Museum Complex but is only open by appointment. We did not make an appointment and had to settle for pictures of the outside. The building was declared a National Monument on 9 September 1937.
4.5 based on 4 reviews
We have just spent three days/2 nights at this pictureaque, tranquil friendly place. They offer accomkmodation to all in comfortable but basic private rooms - single and double. Only one has ensuite so be prepared to share a bathroom with a few other guests. This is a place of tranquility much favoured by artists and writers. Only 7 Km from Grahamstown on the PE side and just off the N2. There are wonderful walks but the ground is on a hill and there are megalithic-like rock slabs and mature trees all around. The approach is by a dirt road -so dont go there with your McLaren or Ferrari, but the average family car will be perfectly OK. Breakfast can be taken two ways 1) with the monks at 7.15 IN SILENCE!! or 2) at 8.00 and you can chat all you like. Breakfast is usually continental, but on ocassions they do cook. You can attend services at any time with the monks in the chapel. It is an American-based, Anglican Benedictine order. From vigils at 6.00 a.m. Lauds and communion at 8.00 a.m. Mid-day prayers, vesters at 17.30 . OR you can do nothing but relax in the Gardens and enjoy the peace and beauty! You will not regret a visit to this magic place, even if you decide not to repeat the experience! Not the sort of B&B to take young children to!
4 based on 6 reviews
There is a highly ornate street facade to this church, yet the other 3 exterior walls remain unadorned, but the exposed stone work is beautiful.
What immediately struck me on entering the church is that the original family pews have been retained, each with its own separate gate! So every family had their own designated place to sit - no doubt a bit problematic for an outsider who wanted to attend a service. Nowadays, folk can sit in any of the pews.
The Seating in the gallery, used by generations of schoolchildren, is probably the same as it was a hundred years ago, only with an increased inscription of more names on both seats and backrests of the pews.
This church has been lovingly cared for andhopefully will continue to meet the spiritual needs of the community it serves.
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