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The Old Prison

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The Old Prison dates back to the Voortrekker times with 127 years of history including the Colonial times, Apartheid, the Liberation struggle, the political struggle through to the dawn of a democratic South Africa in 1994. This site was commissioned in 1862, and has housed people of national and international renown including King Dinizulu, Harry Gwala, Moses Mabhida, Kasturba Gandhi (Gandhi’s wife), Peter Brown, A S Chetty, Omar Essack and Derick Marsh to name but a few.

The first cell block has been declared a National Monument and is one of the oldest buildings in Pietermaritzburg. The Old Prison is also part of The Freedom Route. Tours of The Old Prison are booked in advance by contacting the Tourism Office. Other services include The Old Prison Café, Conference Centres and Crafts [&] Souvenirs.


4 Burger Street, Pietermaritzburg

Opening & Closing Times:

8am-4pm (Mon-Fri).