27 February 2013

Beaufort West Walk

Before we left for our long weekend I contacted the Beaufort West Tourism Office for information.  They send us information about the Beaufort West Walk.  After our visit to the museum we went on the walk. 
The first three building on the walk was museum buildings. Looking across the street we saw the beautiful Pritchard House, built in 1906.














We walked along Donkin Street and passed the Beaufort West Club.  This house was built in 1850 in the Cape Dutch Style.















We saw the Coronation Hall.  It was built in 1910 and used to house the town’s first cinema.  We turned off in Meintjies Street and walked pass beautiful old houses until we reached Matoppo House. This house was built for the first magistrate in the early 19th century.















The double storey, Clyde House, is now the Tourism Center and Backpackers.  The Old Public Library is a pretty white building.  It was built in 1906 and is now used a municipal offices.
During the walk we circled back towards the museum.  This time we were across the street from the museum to see the cypress tree.  This tree is the only survivor of 25 trees planted here in 1834.

We also saw some beautiful churches but I will write about them later.

2 comments:

  1. Aren't walking tours the best way of discovering towns? I love walking for hours and getting to know a new town and like both guided and self-guided tours. That tree is pretty spectacular!

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    1. I love going on walking tours. Most walking tours in SA is self-guided and the best way to see the town. I recently learned that the cypress tree is listed as a SA National Heritage Site and I hope they will take good care of it.

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