Grahamstown FAQ

Where to stay in Grahamstown

For a list of reasonably priced guest houses and B&Bs:


What to do in Grahamstown (for families and non-runners)


Grahamstown has some fascinating museums to visit. Try the Observatory Museum in Bathurst Street to see the only Camera Obscura in the southern hemisphere. This rare Victorian instrument, once known as ‘the magic mirror of life’ will delight adults and children alike. The museum is open :

Weekdays 09:00 – 16:30
Saturdays 09:30 – 13:00

The Albany Museum ( complex is also work a visit. It was established in 1855 and is the second oldest museum in South Africa. There is the Natural Science Museum and the History Museum. They are open from 09h00-16h30 on weekdays only.


If you enjoy your morning brew, be sure to visit Handmade Coffees at the Old Gaol in Somerset Street or The Barista Sisa opposite the university Drostdy Arch. There is also Homeground Coffee on the corner of New Street and Somerset, or Haricots and Café D’Vine in New Street for coffee and breakfast. Or have a pint at the famous Rat and Parrot, also in New Street. Don’t miss rotis and samosas from the House of Curry in New Street – delish! At the Peppergrove Mall, you will find the Mugg and Bean, Wimpy, Spur, Revelations and Friesland Dairy Bar. High Street has a number of eateries, starting at the top with Major Frasers, Saints, 137 High Street, Pothole and Donkey, Red Café, Madhatters, Café Delizzia. Other restaurants include Ginos, Nordens.

If you like milkshakes – you HAVE to have one at Friesland! No visit to Grahamstown can be without one!

Botancial Gardens

Take a walk in the lovely Botanical Gardens in Lucas Avenue – and have a cuppa at the Old Provost when you’re finished. Their chocolate chip cookies are ‘to die for’!!

Craft Beer

Grahamstown has its very own craft brewery . Featherstone Brewery is situated just outside Grahamstown on the N2 coming from PE. Pop out to the brewery for a beer or a G&T if you prefer. You’d be wise to pre-order some of their products and collect them when you’re in Grahamstown.

 Featherstone Brewery

The beach

If you’d like to visit the coast, head for Kenton-on-Sea or Port Alfred for pristine beaches and breathtaking Eastern Cape scenery along the way.

Game reserves

There are many world class game reserves around Grahamstown. Perhaps you’d like to book a game drive for your family.

 Grahamstown Game Reserves