Port Elizabeth History and Culture

Port Elizabeth’s rich cultural heritage guarantees history lovers a unique insight into the Bay and the Eastern Cape's diverse and remarkable past.

Historical and significant figures from Nelson Mandela Bay include, amongst others, Govan Mbeki, political activist and father of former President Thabo Mbeki; Oliver Tambo, political activist and life-long friend of Nelson Mandela; Athol Fugard, actor, director and playwright; Olive Schreiner, well-known author and writer of "The story of an African Farm"; and Cliff Drysdale, a well-known tennis player.

Below are links to a number of Tourist Attractions in Port Elizabeth

 

History and Culture in Port Elizabeth

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  • More InfoUpdated: November 2016
    This large park in the heart of the city with its wide lawns and shady plantations is an old favorite among residents and visitors alike.
    • Sightseeing
  • More InfoUpdated: August 2016
    This impressive conservatory with its Victorian characteristics was designed and erected by Boyd and Son of Paisley, Scotland, dismantled into sections and transported to Port Elizabeth where it was re-erected under the...
    • Sightseeing
  • More InfoUpdated: August 2016
    Port Elizabeth City Hall
    • Central Port Elizabeth
    The City Hall was built between 1858 and 1862. The attractive clock tower was only added in 1883. City Hall was proclaimed a national monument in 1973. It burnt down in 1977 and was rebuilt.
    • Sightseeing
  • More InfoUpdated: August 2016
    Shark Rock Pier
    • Port Elizabeth
    The most prominent feature on Port Elizabeth's shoreline besides the harbours, Shark Rock Pier is the only pier in the city.
    • Sightseeing
  • More InfoUpdated: 2 months ago
    Donkin Reserve
    • Port Elizabeth
    The historic Donkin Reserve has long been a green lung in the heart of the city.
    • History
  • More InfoUpdated: August 2016
    The Horse Memorial
    • Central Port Elizabeth
    The Horse Memorial consists of life-sized bronze figures of a horse about to quench its thirst from a bucket held by a kneeling soldier, together with the inscribed granite plinth on which it stands and the base of which...
    • Sightseeing
  • More InfoUpdated: August 2015
    7 Castle Hill Museum
    • Port Elizabeth
    Number 7 Castle Hill, one of the oldest dwellings in Port Elizabeth, has been beautifully restored to a mid-Victorian style.
    • History
    • Museums
    • 041 582 2515

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