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Places to Visit & Tourist Attractions in Pretoria - 2019 

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Places to Visit & Tourist Attractions in Pretoria - 2019
Go beyond tourist attractions with our guide to places to visit & things to see in Pretoria! From famous forts to luxurious mansions, our guide has it all!
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Places to Visit & Tourist Attractions in Pretoria - 2019

Go beyond tourist attractions with our guide to places to visit & things to see in Pretoria! From famous forts to luxurious mansions, our guide has it all!
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Places to Visit & Tourist Attractions in Pretoria - 2019
Go beyond tourist attractions with our guide to places to visit & things to see in Pretoria! From famous forts to luxurious mansions, our guide has it all!

Pretoria is the administrative capital of South Africa and is home to many treasures, places to visit and attractions that promise to keep tourists and locals entertained for hours on end.

If you’re looking for the best places to visit and things to do, take a look at our comprehensive guide! We’ll help you go beyond tourist attractions.

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Fort Schanskop

Fort Schanskop is set on one of the highest points in Pretoria, commanding breathtaking views. President Paul Kruger had originally planned to build eight forts in an effort to protect Pretoria from foreign and domestic threats, but only four were completed due to lack of funds.

See the views at Fort Schanskop@sonya_oli4

In 1994, the Voortrekker Monument and Nature Reserve purchased Fort Schanskop for the low price of R400. The fort is now a Military Museum, displaying various scenes of the Anglo Boer War, from photographs of horses to a weapons cache.

  • Entrance Fee:
    • R22pp
  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon-Sun, 8am - 5pm
  • Contact Number: 012 326 6770
  • Address: Eeufees Road, Groenkloof
  • More Info: Fort Schanskop

Pretoria City Hall

The Pretoria City Hall was designed by F.G. McIntosh, who won the privilege of its construction in a competition.

Visit the Pretoria City Hall@mrbasabose

The poor economy at the time meant that construction spanned from 1931 to 1935. The hall is a popular venue for hosting weddings, birthdays, concerts and exhibitions.

With Pretoria City Square at its feet, the city hall overlooks the beautifully maintained garden which boasts various water displays - the ideal family picnic spot.

  • Entrance Fee:
    • Free
  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon - Fri : 7:30am - 4pm
  • Contact Number: 012 358 8949
  • Address: Pali Kruger Street, Pretoria
  • More Info: Pretoria City Hall

Union Buildings

The Union Buildings are central to South African history and now represent the change the country endured.

Picnic at the Union Buildings@marikapret

Besides being a governmentally significant building, it is alive with culture, housing many museums, monuments and theatres.

  • Entrance Fee:
    • Free
  • Operating Hours:
    • Open 24 hours
  • Contact Number: 012 300 5200
  • Address: Goverment Ave, Pretoria
  • More Info: Union Buildings

Voortrekker Monument

The Voortrekker Monument located in the middle of the 240 hectare Voortrekker Monument Nature Reserve, is nothing short of majestic!

The majestic voortrekker monument @zilver_win

This unique monument commemorates the Great Trek, the often treacherous journey across the country undertaken by pioneering Boer families who fled British rule in the Cape colony in the mid-19th century.

This 40m tall granite structure was inaugurated in 1949 and designed by architect Gerard Moerdijk. It is home to the world’s longest historical marble frieze and is now the most visited heritage site of its kind in Gauteng.

At the foot of the monument stands a beautiful bronze sculpture of an Afrikaner woman and her two children, a tribute to the female Voortrekkers who made possible the eventual settlement of the Afrikaner community. 64 ox-wagons surround the monument; the same number used at the Battle of Blood River.

  • Entrance Fee:
    • Adults: R70
    • SA scholars (without guides): R35
    • SA scholars (with guides): R45
  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon - Fri, 07:30 - 16 :00
    • Sundays, Saturdays & Public holidays: 09:00 - 16:00
  • Contact Number: 012 326 6770
  • Address: Eeufees Rd, Groenkloof 358
  • More Info: Website

Church Square

Church Square is situated in the centre of Pretoria and is named after the church buildings that stood at the centre of the square from 1856 to 1905. Marthinus Pretorius, the founder of Pretoria, determined that the square be used as a market place and church yard.

Take a stroll around the historic church square @city_of_tshwane

Today, the square’s most recognisable feature is the statue of former president, Paul Kruger. The gardens at the square are often shaded by beautiful Jacaranda trees, typical of Pretoria. The General Post Office, Place of Justice and the Old Capitol Theatre are in close proximity to the square.

In recent years, the square has been a stage for street performers, a testing ground for artists, a venue for impromptu sermons and a starting point for protests. It also turned into a popular picnic spot.

  • Entrance Fee:
    • Free
  • Operating Hours:
    • Open 24 hours
  • Address: Church and Paul Kruger streets Pretoria
  • Contact Details: 086 111 2468

Pretoria National Botanical Gardens

The Pretoria National Botanical Gardens is an urban oasis home to 76 hectares of beauty. It is one of South Africa’s nine National Botanical Gardens and is host to the headquarters of the South African National Biodiversity Institute.

Soak in the beautiful surrounds @tranquillita_

The garden is divided into two sections by a 35m high quartzite outcrop with the western section containing a wetland, cycad garden, succulent garden and a restaurant, a concert stage and a tea garden.

The eastern side of the garden is less developed and is home to an arboretum and natural grasslands.

  • Entrance Fee:
    • Adults: R33
    • Students: R20
    • Children: R15
    • Under 6 years: Free
  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon-Sun: 08h00-18h00
    • No entry after 17h00
  • Address: 2 Cussonia Ave, Brummeria
  • Contact Details:012 843 5071

Freedom Park

Freedom Park is a 52 hectare heritage precinct located in Salvokop. As its name suggests, it was established as a memorial to honour those who sacrificed their lives to gain freedom.

The Iconic Wall of Remembrance @dust_za

The memorial is also home to the 697 metre long Wall of Names which includes a list of names of those who were killed in the South African Wars, World War I, World War II and those who were killed in the apartheid era.

Also found within Freedom Park, is the Garden of Remembrance filled with a symbolic collection of monuments, statues and sculptures. Construction of the garden began in July 2003 and was completed in March 2004.

  • Entrance Fee:
    • Children: R35
    • Pensioners/disabled: R35
    • Adults: R55
  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon-Sun: 8am until 5pm.
  • Address: Koch St & 7th Ave, Salvokop
  • Contact Details: 012 336 4000

Sammy Marks House

Situated approximately 23km outside of Pretoria is the former home of the industrial and mining tycoon, Sammy Marks.

Explore Sammy Marks' mansion@erikaheartbeat

This 19th century mansion features 48 bedrooms, a luscious garden, a tennis court, a library and a beautiful rose garden. Sammy Marks lived in the house in 1978 together with his wife and 9 children.

The house and its 75ha property were later sold to the National Cultural History Museum in 1995. The museum invites visitors to explore the beautiful home and enjoy a picnic in the big garden or take a casual stroll through the rose garden.

  • Entrance Fee:
    • Adults : R35
    • Children: R10
  • Operating Hours:
    • Tues - Sun, 9am - 5 pm
  • Address: Old Bronkhorstspruit Road, Donkerhoek
  • Contact Details: 012 755 9542
  • More Info: Website

Melrose House

Melrose House Museum is a charming historical museum that can be found in Jacob Mare Street in Pretoria. It is an elegant remnant of colonial South Africa.

Mosey around melrose house@zbryy

It is named after Melrose Abbey in Scotland and was built in 1886 by George J. Heys, a former business mogul in Pretoria at the time. Amongst other things, the Melrose House is an important reminder of how architecture and interiors were transformed from the Victorian style to a more Edwardian approach.

The house was requisitioned by Lord Roberts in 1900 and it became the point from which instructions were issued regarding the soldiers’ strategy after Pretoria was invaded.

  • Entrance Fee:
    • Adults: R22
    • Students: R11
    • School children: R5
  • Operating Hours:
    • Tues - Sun, 10 am - 5 pm
  • Address: 275 Jacob Mare Street, Pretoria Central
  • Contact Details: 012 322 2805

If you’re stumped for ideas on what to do in Pretoria this weekend, why not pick one of these top attractions and experience South African history like never before. You won’t be disappointed!

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