About Newcastle

Newcastle is situated in the Battlefields, in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Show on Map

KwaZulu Natal DestinationsNewcastle, Battlefields

Deeply involved in the Anglo-Boer War, Newcastle today is the largest town in northern KwaZulu Natal and shares its name with a further 27 sister Newcastles worldwide. It is awash with history and some fairly original ways to spend one’s time.

Newcastle was originally known as Post Halt Two - a stop on the journey from Port Natal-Durban and the then Transvaal. Whilst today’s major road, the N3, between the two provinces no longer runs through Newcastle, the town is worth a visit for the battle sites just outside of town, which include Laing’s Nek, Majuba (which also offers braai and picnic facilities) and Schuinshoogte.

There are a number of monuments and memorials in Newcastle, including Hilldrop House, once the dwelling place of author Rider Haggard whose books included King Solomon’s Mines, She and Jess - said to be based on his time at Hilldrop House; and O’Neil’s Cottage, used as a makeshift hospital during the war, including a number of grave sites.

Chelmsford Nature Reserve, with a wonderful variety of fishing, wild game and birding opportunities, as well as water sports on the dam, is just outside Newcastle. The Carnegie Art Gallery in town displays some wonderful examples of African Art, and you can arrange a tour through your choice of chemical rubber plant, pottery or textile factory with the Newcastle Publicity Association.

There is a Hindu Temple on Kirkland Street in Newcastle, with a beautifully shaped dome, and Snowy’s on the Newcastle / Volksrust Road sells wonderful home bakes and is renowned for its biltong.

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Oor Wullie

Bed & Breakfast / Self Catering

Oor Wullie

Oor Wullie is separate annexe only 500m down the road from Aberdeen House. This is a very large, spacious suite that has ... more

Haggards on Hilldrop

Bed & Breakfast

Haggards on Hilldrop

Offering Bed and Breakfast accommodation, the four star graded Haggards on Hilldrop provides the best of both worlds with ... more

The Farmhouse Lodge

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The Farmhouse Lodge

The Farmhouse Lodge offers Guest Lodge / B&B accommodation in family, twin or double rooms. Dinner is available on ... more

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The Chelmsford Nature Reserve in Newcastle was our actual destination, and it was so lovely. We saw so many animals and just loved the landscapes and...

Fred Hocket, Matjiesfontein

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