Richmond Hill, Port Elizabeth
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Regarded as one of the more historic suburbs in central Port Elizabeth, Richmond Hill is at once peaceful and interesting.
Some of the houses here still have original wooden fretwork on display on their eaves, and include quaint Victorian cottages and buildings that date back to the late 1800s. Any hint of falling out of favour with local residents has been wiped out as the pretty blend of Victorian and Old Edwardian semi-detached and freestanding cottages in Richmond Hill, with fireplaces and some magnificent examples of chandeliers are now actively being sought out.
Set at the base of the hill after which it is named, now trendy Richmond Hill also offers, to those staying further up the hill, some incredible opportunities to view sun rise - particularly from Callington Street, or looking down Stanley Street over Algoa Bay - and the last of a dying breed of family owned corner grocers and neighbourhood cafés (if you’re lucky enough to spot the one or two that remain).
In short, Richmond Hill is a portion of the city in which time has stood still, and, if you’re prepared to slow down enough to explore on foot or bicycle, will reward with some fascinating finds - make sure you head up to see the Old Erica Building built in 1903. Not only is the building worth a look, but the views from here are spectacular. Likened to Melville in Johannesburg, Richmond Hill is not a stranger to the odd trendy decor style shop and upmarket restaurant. What began as one of Port Elizabeth’s initial residential suburbs is well worth a visit.
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"We've been living in Richmond Hill for years and watching it grow from a friendly neighbourhood to a hotspot for the whole of PE. We love the new Stanley ..." - Sheldon, Port Elizabeth
Featured Attractions in (or near) Richmond Hill
The Main Museum of Bayworld blends cultural and natural history. Embark on an exciting journey through time and through the fascinating world around us. Marvel at the diversity of museum displays, from prehistoric dinosaurs to ethnic beadwork as well as a variety of historical treasures that will ... more information
Cape Recife Nature Reserve is one of the best bird-watching locations in Port Elizabeth. The Cape Recife Nature Reserve offers beautiful beach, natural dune vegetation of fynbos, rocky outcrops, view birdlife from bird hide, small animals (look out for otters), a 133 year old lighthouse and a World War II military ... more information
The Donkin Heritage Trail is named after the Acting Governor of the Cape Colony at the time, Sir Rufane Donkin. South Africans are well acquainted with the history of the 4000 British settlers who arrived by ship and visitors can walk in their footsteps in the Old Hill area of Port Elizabeth. One doesn’t even need ... more information
Like many national monuments, Fort Frederick first appears as little more than a few brick walls, albeit old walls that seem to hold little significance or attraction for visitors. It is only in learning the history behind a building that it takes on a meaning of its own, although in the case of Fort Frederick, it is worth ... more information
Port Elizabeth has a brand new world-class stadium - the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. The five-tier Nelson Mandela Bay stadium has a seating capacity of 44,000 with an additional 4000 temporary seats available for the 2010 Football World Cup. The eye-catching roof ... more information
Port Elizabeth Golf Club, which is commonly known as "The Hill", was founded in 1890 and is one of South Africa's oldest golf clubs. Today the place is a hive of activity for its 1 600 members, and the emphasis is placed on good food and entertainment as well as golf. The most significant change in recent ... more information
The St Croix Island Marine Reserve lies in Algoa Bay, a series of three islands (the islands of the cross) just north-east of Port Elizabeth. St Croix and its two sister islets – Jahleel Island and Brenton Rock - are quartzitic outcrops of the Table Mountain Group, almost entirely devoid of soil. They ... more information
The oldest park in Port Elizabeth and the site of the second oldest cricket club in the country, St George’s Park lies in the heart of Port Elizabeth, a tribute to the past and present day moments away from the noise of the city. Many a picnic party - umbrellas, baskets and chairs in tow - takes place here and the Mannville ... more information
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