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1820 Settlers National Monument

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Address: Grahamstown, South Africa

This memorial on Gunfire Hill is dominated by the stunning Settlers Garden.

This memorial on Gunfire Hill is dominated by the stunning Settlers Garden.

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Rotary conference

A good venue for a conference. Lovely auditorium- lots of breakaway rooms Very cold though . Good parking. A concrete building with impressive lines

Reviewed 2 days ago
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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340 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A good venue for a conference. Lovely auditorium- lots of breakaway rooms Very cold though . Good parking. A concrete building with impressive lines

Thank 365giannad
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4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

definitely worth a visit if traveling to Grahamstown. So beautiful to see the city from this spectacular landmark ...

Thank P1559AWmichelleh
Mpumalanga, South Africa
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57 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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... More 

Thank CJ-what
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26 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

Firstly the building looks like a prison, and once you arrive it seems very confusing, better things to do in Grahamstown

Thank Kevin_Edyta
East London, South Africa
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27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

The 1820 settlers monument is large. It overlooks grahamstown and has a tea room and coffee shop for meals and drinks. The parking lot is large so parking is not an issue unless one is here during the national arts festival. Inside there are conference facilities and art is displayed for your perusal. Take your time and soak up re... More 

Thank Brendan T
Jakarta, Indonesia
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247 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Went to the Settlers National Monument expecting to learn something about the Settlers history, but I was hugely disappointed. The building is a huge, concrete monster with a very empty feel inside. There was nothing on when I went so the place was deserted. At a certain point it felt scary to be there on my own. No info whatsoever... More 

Thank Maria E
Grahamstown, South Africa
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

The monument has the best view overlooking Grahamstown and Rhodes University. Also rich in history and great for shows or conferences as a venue

Thank AmberNienaber
Greater London, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

Easy to park and visit. Very accessible for all the family. Information available about the monument and easy to understand. Understand the meaning of monument, understand the settlers who moved to the area

Thank andrewnY250VH
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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71 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

It all depends on when you visit. During the National Arts Festival, it is vibrant with things happening, posters all over the wall and it really buzzes. During the Science week their are millions of school children all over the place. But then, when everyone is gone it is a reverent building with a great dense of peace overlooking Grahamstown... More 

Thank Robert L
East London, South Africa
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192 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2016

This living Monument is a truly great facility. Apart from having theatres available for all types of shows, plus exhibition rooms it also has restaurants and coffee shops.

Thank MervynGatcke

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