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The Old Prison

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The Old Prison can count 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. Built in 1862, the site has housed people of national and international renown including King Dinuzulu, Harry Gwala, Moses Mabhida, Kasturba Gandhi (Gandhi’s wife), Peter Brown, A. S. Chetty, Omar Essack and Derick Marsh
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. Book tours in advance by contacting the Tourism Office. Other services include Conference Centres and Crafts & Souvenirs.


4 Burger Street, Pietermaritzburg

Opening & Closing Times:

8am-4pm (Mon-Fri).