Port Elizabeth is a city in South Africa which is definitely worth visiting, but has many facades at the same time. However, we didn’t know anything about Port Elizabeth in advance as hardly any information is available online. So, here are our top things to do and see in Port Elizabeth!
The Donkin Heritage Trail is a route through Port Elizabeth which leads you past the most important, significant or simply beautiful buildings of the city.
You will get this brochure in the tourist information center located on the Donkin Reserve.
Basically the area around the tourist information center is worth seeing itself!
When it comes to the Lighthouse, this one dates back to the middle of the 19th century.
Being a row of terraced houses, the Donkin Street Houses are a single unit even though the buildings are disparate.
As this style is so special, they have been declared as a National Monument in 1967.
Holy Trinity Anglican Church has been rebuilt after it burned down.
Another one worth admiring is the Hill Presbyterian Church!
Firstly, the Holy Rosary Convent served as a school back in 1870.
Thus, more a catholic school than a real convent. Nevertheless, interesting!
Fort Frederick contains of possibilities to defend Port Elizabeth, being located on a hill so that the bay could be overlooked.
Reason is that the British were afraid of the French landing in Port Elizabeth back in time.
On our way of discovery, we stumbled upon some historical settler houses.
Fact is that they are private property which is good as the owners care for maintenance.
I’m not suggesting you to go inside, but rather hold on for a second to admire the special style of architecture!
It was designed and manufactured in England before it was sent to Port Elizabeth. After its opening in 1902, it got extensively restored in 1989.
In 1903, a statue of Queen Victoria has been erected right next to the Main Library.
However, I still have absolutely no idea how the statue looks like as it was covered when we visited..
After Port Elizabeth was granted Borough status in 1860, the City Hall was built.
Formerly, it was a Council Chamber and serving as offices for city council employees until 1973.
These are the most important and beautiful things worth seeing. But if I can give you one good advice: Definitely avoid the Railway Station.