Drostdy Museum

Western Cape

The centrepiece of this excellent museum is the beautiful drostdy (residence of an official) itself, which dates from 1747. The museum ticket also covers entrance to the nearby Old Gaol, where you’ll find part of the original administrative buildings and a watermill; and Mayville, another residence dating back to 1853, with a formal Victorian garden.

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1. Old Gaol

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Part of the Drostdy Museum, you’ll find part of the original administrative buildings and a watermill here. Entrance included in the museum's ticket price…

2. Mayville

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This residence, dating back to 1853, has a formal Victorian garden. It is part of the Drostdy Museum, and entrance is included with the museum ticket…

3. Dutch Reformed Church

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4. Marloth Nature Reserve

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5. Bontebok National Park

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6. Joubert-Tradauw

10.46 MILES

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