History in Port Elizabeth

climb to the top of the lighthouse and savour breath-taking views

The Donkin Reserve is one of the best known historical attractions in Port Elizabeth, telling a fascinating story of the discovery and development of the Friendly City. Sir Rufane Donkin named the city after his late beloved wife, Lady Elizabeth Donkin. Formal tours of the Donkin Reserve are conducted regularly, showcasing this popular attraction off to the world. Visitors are able to climb to the top of the lighthouse and savour truly breath-taking views of the city and the bay.

Number 7 Castle Hill, one of the oldest dwellings in Port Elizabeth, has been beautifully restored to a mid-Victorian style.
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The historic Donkin Reserve has long been a green lung in the heart of the city.
Walk in the footsteps of the 1820 Settlers as you encounter almost 50 historical sites. Although only 5 kilometers long, this trail is full of fascinating facts and insights into the Port Elizabeth of yesteryear.