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“Superb attraction you must visit when in Riversdale!”

Riversdale Old Jail / Die Tronk
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Owner description: Historic jail from 1838 gives a unique setting in a small town in South Africa. Sit outside under the avo trees and enjoy the historic landscape, crafts, art, antiques and gifts on display. Don't forget to try the (inter)nationally renowned carrot cake.
Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Visited the Old Jail in Riversdale. This is an amazing historic building built in 1838. It was originally a Trading Post, but turned into a jail in 1860. Today it's a fine tourist attraction with local crafts, antiques, plants and yummy dining. There is even an old gallow used to execute murderers.

Thank DavidDevo
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Reviewed 2 January 2017

The Old Jail building has been converted into a coffee shop/antique/art/second-hand books and bits venue. Take a leisurely stroll through the different cells for art, clothes, books and more.

Some people have had trouble locating the gallows, but you can find it easily when you browse all the cells. If you are impatient though, it's in the furthest corner of the room next to the "Gifkamer" (Poison Room).

There is an eerie atmosphere walking through the inner courtyard, but that can be easily remedied with a bite to eat. There is plenty of outdoor seating under avocado trees, and in the winter there's a fire crackling away in the one indoor dining room.

The full Jail Breakfast is great value for money - two rashers of bacon, two sausages, two eggs and toast for R45 (price at the writing of this review). Children and teens might find this boring, but in principle the venue is family friendly.

Thank Marthav938
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Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed a leisure lunch and walk about the numerous stalls..even saw trinkets and old treasure pieces

Thank Mike0072014
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Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Worth the visit. Steeped in history, and a real hangman's gallow. Cells still in same conditions. Makes you sympathise with the last, and have some chilling reminders that crime does not pay.

Lovely little shops and nursery, tea garden and plenty of super books to buy.

Outstanding

Thank Susan S
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Reviewed 8 August 2016

The old jail combines a museum with an antique market where most items are for sale.

The building itself in good condition and well preserved.

The history so comes alive and there's many interesting items on display, meaning there's something for everyone.

Going in just for a look, landed up walking out with an oil painting, a few bread boards of solid quality wood, childrens toys, gifts for grandparents, books for the children etc etc.

Definitely worth at least a look.

Thank Stanley466
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