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What to see in Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth Attractions


Port Elizabeth is the Eastern Cape's primary travel hub but the city's popularity with travellers is based on its proximity to some amazing national parks and historic sites, rather than to the charm of the place itself. Port Elizabeth is rather grubby and industrial but it does have a friendly, welcoming character and a lovely coastline. The numerous worthwhile excursions out of the city far overshadow anything the urban area has to offer, and places like Grahamstown, Nieu-Bethesda and Jeffrey's Bay are big draw cards. Port Elizabeth is also close to some world-class game reserves. However, the city itself does have some fun attractions, particularly for those travelling with children.

On a hill above the centre of the city stands a stone pyramid with an adjacent lighthouse. This open public space was proclaimed in perpetuity by Sir Rufane Donkin, acting British Governor of the Cape, when the 1820 Settlers arrived in Algoa Bay. Donkin named the new settlement after his wife, Elizabeth, who had died in India two years' previously, and erected the pyramid to her memory. The lighthouse was built in 1861, and today houses the city's Tourist Information Centre. Maps are available from the centre describing a three-mile (five km) discovery trail through the hill area and central city, taking in 47 historic sites and architectural delights. This is the perfect place to start a spot of sightseeing in Port Elizabeth.


Bayworld

Port Elizabeth's most popular attraction consists of a complex on the beachfront that includes the Oceanarium, a museum,…

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Market Square

Port Elizabeth's architectural heritage can be traced by taking a walk around the city's central Market Square, which…

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St George's Park

St George's Park has been a recreational centre for the city of Port Elizabeth for more than 150 years, boasting well-landscaped…

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