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Company's Garden

Company's Garden

Company's Garden is a picturesque, tranquil park located in the middle of Cape Town.

It was first cultivated in the 1650's to grow fresh produce for settlers. Jan van Riebeeck, a ship's surgeon, was given the task of finding a suitable piece of land. The Company that gave the Garden its name was the Dutch East India Company. Fresh fruit and vegetables were essential as Cape Town grew as a re-supply stop for ships travelling between Europe and Asia. A hospital was also built where the Taj Hotel currently stands.

This fresh food and hospital care made this area essential in the history of Cape Town's port status.

Why visit Company's Garden:

The Garden's main entrance stands at the top of Adderley Street, so it is easy to reach from virtually anywhere in the city centre. It has a rose garden, fishpond and aviary. You can have a picnic, grab a bite at the cafe in the Garden or visit one of the many museums and galleries that surround the area. Company's Garden is sometimes used for concerts and festivals, so keep an eye out for upcoming events.

The most striking monument in the Garden is the memorial to those who lost their lives in the Battle of Delville Wood. More than 3000 South Africans went into battle. But less than a third of that number survived this World War One battle in France.

Running along one side of Company's Garden is the South African parliament building. This dates back to the 1880's. It is where, in 1966, Dimitri Tsafendas, a parliamentary messenger, stabbed to death the prime minister, Dr Hendrik Verwoerd. Next to it is the State President's office, is the residence known as Tuynhuys(garden house). This building used to belong to the Dutch East India Company and was used since the early 1700's to accommodate visiting dignitaries.

Besides the natural beauty, Company's Garden has lots more to offer. The Planetarium and Iziko South African Museum are located at the top of Queen Victoria Street. At the bottom of that street lies Saint George's Cathedral where Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu delivered many a word of protest against the Apartheid Government. The South African Broadcast Corporation actually stopped broadcasting sermons from the cathedral during the Apartheid era because of their politically charged content.

On the same side as Parliament, and the Presidential residence Tuynhuis, lies the South African National Art Gallery. This houses one of Africa's finest art collections. Company's Garden borders St. George's Mall, a pedestrianised area, which makes it easy to walk to the market at Greenmarket Square.

Near the main entrance is also the Slave Lodge Museum. This building from the 1670s used to house the Dutch East India Company's slaves. It is now a museum of cultural history.

Did you Know?

Company's Garden has the country's oldest pear tree dating back to the 1650s.

How to get there:

Most people would drive or take a taxi to Company's Garden, although the central train station is within ten minutes walk. The hop-on hop-off tourist buses also pass nearby. Company's Garden is only one street back from the bars and restaurants on Long Street.

Opening Times:

7.00am to 7.00pm daily

Nearby:

Besides the natural beauty, Company's Garden has lots more to offer. The Planetarium and Iziko South African Museum are located at the top of Queen Victoria Street. At the bottom of that street lies Saint George's Cathedral where Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu delivered many a word of protest against the Apartheid Government. The South African Broadcast Corporation actually stopped broadcasting sermons from the cathedral during the Apartheid era because of their politcally charged content.

On the same side as Parliament, and the Presidential residence Tuynhuis, lies the South African National Art Gallery. This houses one of Africa's finest art collections. Comany's Garden borders St George's Mall, a pedestrianised area, which makes it easy to walk on to the market at Greenmarket Square.

Near the main entrance is also the Slave Lodge Museum. This building from the 1670s used to house the Dutch East India Company's slaves. It is now a museum of cultural history.

Address:

Government Avenue, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

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