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Address: Nico Malan Avenue, Bathurst, South Africa

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Visit if you must, but it is a disappointment

The Toposcope is historically interesting and if you have time then do visit. But you will be in for a disappointment as it has been badly vandalized and neglected and is dirty... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Paul189852
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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275 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although this attraction has been looted and vandalized, it is still worth the visit. It offers a beautiful lookout point and on a sunny day, one has a great view of the surrounding area.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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113 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Toposcope is historically interesting and if you have time then do visit. But you will be in for a disappointment as it has been badly vandalized and neglected and is dirty. It is a sad reflection on the leaders of Bathurst Council (or whoever is reasonable for such things) that this has been allowed to decay.

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GavinCame, Member of Historic Bathurst at The Toposcope, responded to this review

Hi Paul a group in the village called "Historic Bathurst" has undertaken on a volunteer basis to maintain an improve the "unmanned" heritage sites in the village. They have just completed a full repair and relaunch of Bradshaws mill and the intention is to turn to the Toposcope next. More 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017

This venue could have been very interesting and informative. Unfortunately, persons unknown had removed most of the historic metal plaques showing the positions of the 1820 Settlers' farms. Although the view is good, the lack of historic information and the lack of upkeep unfortunately made it a wasted visit.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

Sad that this plaques have been vandalized. I chatted with a gent at the mill who said they were working on a solution. I recommend a quick visit to Wikipedia to read up on the 1820 settlers to make the visit more meaningful. Great views, clean and we felt safe there.

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016

This historical site offers a 360 Degree view of the surroundings. There is also some information plates that one can read and educate yourself on. Other than that there is not much to do. The elements and vandalism has also damaged the overall experience.

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East London, South Africa
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63 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2016

This historical site has a fantastic 360 degree view and one can fully appreciate its strategic importance in being the pivotal spot from where to view the land allocated to the 1820 settlers. The plaques indicating the various farms have virtually all been vandalized / destroyed and it is so sad that plundering thieves have such little respect for items... More 

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GavinCame, Committee member Historic Bathurst at The Toposcope, responded to this review

Thank you for the review John, Our volunteer committee looks after the "unmanned heritage" sites in the village. What to do about the Toposcope remains a thorny issue. Currently our efforts are directed atthe Bradshaws Mill but the Toposcope is in our sights for a solution. The views are spectacular! More 

Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 529 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016

It was from this spot at Bailey's Beacon that the surveying of farms allocated to the 1820 Settlers occurred. A full 360 degree view is obtained from this point and the plaques with the individual Settlers' names, as well as info about the vessels they arrived in were displayed for folk to see. Sadly, this on-site info has, in most... More 

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GavinCame, Committee Memeber "Historic Bathurst" at The Toposcope, responded to this review

Hi again Jill, apologies for the late response. The Toposcope is likely to be our committee's next project, after our efforts at The Bradshaw Mill have started to bear fruit. Thank you for your frank evaluation of the current status More 

East London, South Africa
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66 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2016 via mobile

Having visited the Toposcope before I wanted to show my daughter the very interesting concept, but what a disappointment!! The basic Toposcope is in place but most of the information plagues have been broken off and removed. Such a shame for such a very interesting piece of history..

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GavinCame, Committee member "Historic Bathurst" at The Toposcope, responded to this review

The Toposcope is likely to be our volunteer committee's next project, after our efforts at The Bradshaw Mill have started to bear fruit. Thank you for your frank evaluation of the current status. More 

Uitenhage, South Africa
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24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2016 via mobile

Nice view from the toposcope. A bit disappointing as the plaques have been stolen from the historical monument. The waste bin was overflowing with alcohol bottles.

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GavinCame, Historic Bathurst Committee at The Toposcope, responded to this review

Hi Kerry We too are saddened by the condition of the Toposcope. It is a project manned on a volunteer basis and Historic Bathurst is a NGO which tries to maintain the monuments in our area. If you wish to become a memeber please drop me a line at pigandwhistle@telkomsa.net More 

Buffalo, New York
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26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2016

Bathurst is a groovy little town between Port Alfred and Grahamstown. The view from this historical monument is pretty nice, but at the end of the day, its just a monument on a hilltop.

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GavinCame, Committee member at The Toposcope, responded to this review

Hi, thank you for your review, we are very proud of our heritage in our "groovy little town". Historic Bathurst is a group of villagers who try to maintain our monument for all to enjoy. Our ongoing project is the Bradshaws Mill. This year however we will turn our attention to the Toposcope. More 

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