In Bathurst, South Africa , you can visit several historical landmarks and sites. Here are some of the notable ones in driving distance from the center of town and easily accessible by car, bike or foot:
1. The Big Pineapple: Built in the 1980s, this giant pineapple-shaped structure is a popular tourist attraction and is the largest of its kind in the world. It represents the importance of the pineapple industry in the region and future growth of the industry. It is has a shop on the first floor and 2 further floors of pineapple history and education until you reach the top floor and a beautiful 360 degree view of Bathurst and the Indian Ocean overlooking Port Alfred.
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2. Bathurst Agricultural Museum : Located just as you driving into the village of Bathurst from the Grahamstown side and just next to the Bathurst Show Grounds , the museum exhibits agricultural tools, machinery, and artifacts from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Find it on Google Maps.
3. Have a swig at the Pig! This historic Pig and Whistle Inn: built in 1821, is one of South Africa ‘s oldest continuously operating pubs. It has preserved its old-world charm and is a great place to grab a drink and soak in the history of the quirky town. Find it on Google Maps.
4. Wesleyan Chapel: Constructed in 1832, the Wesleyan Chapel is the oldest Methodist church in South Africa . Was the first church built in Bathurst. The first service was held in May 1832. It was interesting to note that Samuel Bradshaw built both of the churches in Bathurst. It still holds regular services and is a significant religious site. Find it on Google Maps.
5. Bradshaw’s Mill : Also known as the Bathurst Mill, this water-powered flour mill was built in 1821 and is one of the oldest surviving mills in South Africa. It has been restored and is open to visitors.6. Bathurst Agricultural Show: If you visit during the right time, you might catch the Bathurst Agricultural Show, an annual event that celebrates the region’s agricultural heritage and showcases local produce, animals, and crafts. Find it on Google Maps.
6. St Johns Church: The Anglican church in Bathurst is the church of St John the Evangelist, it is a church with a long and interesting history. The worshippers at this church are mainly from the village of Bathurst and the surrounding farming community. Find it on Google Maps.