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Amazing building and cafe

One of the oldest buildings from another time and period. The design was used for the prisons... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Grahamstown, South Africa
A piece of history

...now mainly a quirky cafe venue and a unique setting. Not suitable if you have restricted... read more

Reviewed 17 February 2018
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

One of the oldest buildings from another time and period. The design was used for the prisons throughout the British empire including Australia. The cafe has great coffee. The apple pie was disappointing - like an apple strudle with plain pastry strips on top. The...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank pcaige910267
Reviewed 8 November 2018

The Provost is an example of a panopticon prison – a design pioneered by Jeremy Bentham in the 18th century. The tower has windows positioned so that a short walk makes it possible to see into all cells. The Provost Coffee Shop is in the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Philip M
Reviewed 30 September 2018

A very interesting space, and history. Worth a visit. Food and coffee available. Use the bathroom, it's charming!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Nicola K
Reviewed 27 June 2018

I was intrigued by the museum. Fascinating prison from the early 1800s. Good for the youngsters to go and visit.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank zamakes
Reviewed 10 April 2018

Probably one of my favourite places in Grahamstown! What a delight! You have to appreciate the irony of enjoying a delicious meal in an old prison overlooking the Rhodes University Dept of Psychology! Fantastic service from a delightfully friendly Grahamstowner, delicious coffee and food and...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 17 February 2018

...now mainly a quirky cafe venue and a unique setting. Not suitable if you have restricted mobility as the stair up into the building is steep, with a handrail.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Celtic-Wanderer
Reviewed 13 July 2017

Fascinating prison from the early 1800s - but the coffee shop is also a great experience. Light snacks and superb coffee.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank brianfQ3331OT
Reviewed 3 July 2017

A small pub in the old prison. Interesting architecture. When we were there during the Grahamstown festival, artist were performing music in the old court-yard. It was very pleasant to sit there sipping drinks while listening to a musician performing.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank jhnel
Reviewed 26 June 2016

The visitor wanting to see the interior of the old Provost military prison no longer needs to make an appointment to visit - all that is required is to stroll in and satisfy your curiosity whilst enjoying a hot coffee! What a good idea it...More

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank Jilldutoit
Reviewed 15 June 2015

Not only is this an interesting historical site, it is also an excellent coffee spot - not to be missed!

Date of experience: May 2015
Thank BernHub
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