Rust en Vreugd

Cape Town

This delightful mansion, dating from 1777–78 and fronted by a period-style garden (recreated in 1986 from the original layout), was once the home of the state prosecutor. It now houses part of the Iziko William Fehr collection of paintings and furniture (the major part is in the Castle of Good Hope); you may see detailed lithographs of Zulus by George Angus and a delicately painted watercolour panorama of Table Mountain (from 1850) by Lady Eyre.

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Nearby Cape Town attractions

1. St Mary’s Cathedral

0.12 MILES

Dedicated in 1851, and having undergone many alterations since, this is Cape Town's main Catholic church.

2. South African National Gallery

0.19 MILES

The impressive permanent collection of the nation’s premier art space harks back to Dutch times and includes some extraordinary pieces. But it’s often…

3. De Tuynhuis


Dating from 1700, but altered during the British administration of the 19th century when it was the home of the British governor, De Tuynhuis was…

4. District Six Museum


It's impossible not to be emotionally moved by this museum, which celebrates the once lively multiracial area that was destroyed during apartheid in the…

5. Houses of Parliament

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A tour around parliament is fascinating, especially if you’re interested in the country’s modern history. Opened in 1885, the hallowed halls have seen…

6. South African Jewish Museum

0.21 MILES

You need a photo ID to enter the secure compound that's home to this imaginatively designed museum, which partly occupies the beautifully restored Old…

7. Jan Smuts Statue

0.21 MILES

The more attractive and abstract of the two statues of former general and prime minister (1870–1950) Jan Smuts, which stand at opposite ends of Government…

8. A4 Arts Foundation

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Fascinating multimedia exhibitions are staged at this non-profit centre supporting the arts in South Africa. Both local and international contemporary…