Places of Interest
- The historic centre of Grahamstown, from The Cock House via Articifer’s Square, Bathurst or Hill Street into High Street and Church Square, is best explored on foot. We can provide a map and suggested routes so put on your walking shoes for some nostalgic strolls. Guided walking tours, such as ‘Saints and Sinners’, an Arts Festival favourite, can be arranged if booked in advance.
- The Albany Museum, established in 1855, is the second oldest museum in the country. Today it comprises five museums: the Natural Science Museum, the History Museum, the Observatory Museum, the Provost Prison and Fort Selwyn.
- The Observatory Museum: Experience Grahamstown “through the looking glass”, a unique bird’s eye view of our city and the only working Victorian Camera Obscura in the southern hemisphere. This is also where the beginnings of South Africa’s diamond industry is documented with the authentication here in 1867 of the famous Eureka diamond.
- Township Tour: Mbuleli Tours and Transfers specialises in tours offering the full township experience, including home visits, and a fascinating insight into Xhosa culture and customs. Places of interest include Egazini (“place of blood”) Monument, Egazini outreach project, Umthathi nursery and four townships. A delicious home-cooked Xhosa meal can be enjoyed (must be booked at least one day in advance). Rates on application, booking through The Cock House.
- Grahamstown is also home to several institutes, most importantly the South African National Library for the Blind, the National English Literary Museum, the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (formerly the JLB Smith Institute), the International Library of African Music (ILAM) and the Institute for the Study of English in Africa.