Amathole Museum

Albert Road, King William's Town

Tel: 043 604 4506

Bridle Drift Dam

25 kms from the City on Mount Coke Road

Facilities for boating, yachting, wind-surfing, and angling

Tel: 043 764 9304 or 084 600 5432

Fort Glamorgan - Correctional Services


Constructed in 1856, the powder magazine is built of dolerite blocks and has an arched roof of brick, surrounded by a high stone wall with a small guard house attached. On the outside is a round-topped stone with WD and an arrow incised.

This is one of the original four perimeter stones, which were situated to indicate the boundary corners of the military rayon. None of the other buildings remain, but the profusion of stone for supporting walls etc. was taken from the original fort.

Fort Glamorgan was handed over to the Colonial Prisons' Department in the 1880s. It was proclaimed a National Monument in 1938.

For a tour of the powder house and prison grounds, write to the Commissioner and fax your letter to 043 731 1512.

Telephone: 043 731 1610

Gately House

Bottom of Terminus Street or entrance through zoo.

Home of EL's first mayor - family heirlooms well preserved

Open Wed-Thurs from 8am - 4.30pm to  Sun 11am - 4pm
Admission by donation

Tel:  043 722 2141

German Settlers Memorial

germanEsplanade. Commemorates the 1858/9 arrival of more than 2000 German men, women and children, who helped expand the settlement.


Gladstone Street, Visitors welcome

Open Monday - Thursday 9am - 6pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 8.30am - 12.30pm

Tel: 043 722 4991

East London Museum

Established in 1921 and considered to be one of the most interesting natural and cultural history museums in the country, the East London Museum features a number of fine exhibits, including the type specimen of the coelacanth, a fish previously believed to have become extinct some 80 million years ago, together with an extensive collection of beadwork relating to the Xhosa-speaking people.
Collection highlights include the excavation of a large fossil reptile skull and skeleton, Kannemeyria simocephalus, near Tarkastad in 1934;  the discovery of the coelacanth in 1938, which resulted in national acclaim for the Museum;  an informative display of maritime history of the area;  work on trace human and animal trace fossil footprints found in coastal sandstone rockface, dated at 124 000 years old;  and the recent dating of the Hofmeyr skull at 36 000 years.

Upper Oxford Street (Entrance and parking off Dawson Road)

Open Mon - Thurs 9.30 am - 4.30 pm; Fri 9.30am - 4pm

NOTE: The Museum is closed over weekend and public holidays until further notice.

-Adults R15
-Children R5
-School groups & Scholars R3pp
-Pensioners R10

-Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day.

Tel: 043 743 0686