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Address: Grahamstown, South Africa
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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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Great view...Take your time

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... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Brendan T
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East London, South Africa
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26 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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

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Thank Kevin_Edyta
East London, South Africa
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 

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Thank Brendan T
Jakarta, Indonesia
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238 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 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 

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Thank Maria E
Grahamstown, South Africa
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 4 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

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Thank AmberNienaber
Greater London, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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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

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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 

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Thank Robert L
East London, South Africa
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193 reviews
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Reviewed 6 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.

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Thank MervynGatcke
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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Reviewed 24 June 2016

This interesting building, sited near The old fort above Grahamstown, is a well-known landmark of the town. Its angular architecture ( influenced by FL Wright? ) still looks clean and modern and with each visit, I am impressed with how the interior space is used. With the next Arts festival just days away, I expected the venue to be bustling... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 9 May 2016

It was great to see the monument as I had never been inside. The facilities for the arts are a great asset for Grahamstown. It is unfortunate that the Rhodes students seem to use the garden area and do not leave it clean. It would be nice to see someone permanently employed keeping the grounds clean and free of litter.... More 

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Thank 52Cathy
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 2 May 2016

WE went to the Kinsgwood Matric dance drinks and arrival ceremony. Great venue the decorations were wonderful clean with secure easy parking and car guards .

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