North Pretoria Walking Tour (Self Guided), Pretoria

Pretoria is the main cultural center of South Africa. The following walking tour will lead you to the museums, galleries, theaters, and nightspots of the city's northern region and will show you the diversity of Pretoria's cultural life.
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North Pretoria Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: North Pretoria Walking Tour
Guide Location: South Africa » Pretoria (See other walking tours in Pretoria)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 Km or 3.2 Miles
Author: irenebo
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • South African State Theatre
  • Union Buildings
  • Pretoria Art Museum
  • Venning Park
  • Edoardo Villa Museum
South African State Theatre

1) South African State Theatre

South African State Theatre is not just a theatre. It is a complex of venues capable of hosting all kinds of artistic and commercial events, from opera, ballet, cabaret, film festivals, and children's theatre to weddings, parties, and product launches. The theatre plays a leading role in developing and training local performing arts groups.
Union Buildings

2) Union Buildings (must see)

The Union Buildings form the official seat of the South African government and also house the offices of the President of South Africa. The imposing buildings are located atop Meintjieskop at the Northern end of Arcadia, close to historic Church Square and the Voortrekker Monument. The large gardens of the Buildings are nestled between Government Avenue, Vermeulen Street East, Church Street, the R104, and Blackwood Street. Fairview Avenue is a closed road where only officials can enter to the Union Buildings. Though not in the center of Pretoria the Union Buildings occupy the highest point of Pretoria, and constitute a South African National monument.

The Buildings are one of the centres of political life in South Africa; "The Buildings" and "Arcadia" have become metonyms for the South African Government. It has become an iconic landmark of Pretoria and South Africa in general, and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city and an emblem of democracy.

The Union Buildings, built from light sandstone, were designed by the architect Sir Herbert Baker in the English monumental style and are 285 m long. They have a semi-circular shape, with the two wings at the sides, this serves to represent the union of a formerly divided people. The clock chimes are identical to those of Big Ben in London.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Pretoria Art Museum

3) Pretoria Art Museum (must see)

The Pretoria Art Museum occupies an entire city block bounded by Park, Wessels, Schoeman and Johann Streets. The Pretoria Art Museum was established to house the City Council of Pretoria's Art Collection, built up since the 1930s. The collection received an early windfall in 1932 when Lady Michaelis bequeathed a large number of artworks to the city council after the death of her husband, Sir Max Michaelis. The collection consisted mainly of 17th-century work of the "North Dutch school". South African works included pieces by Henk Pierneef, Pieter Wenning, Frans Oerder, Anton van Wouw and Irma Stern.

Building of the museum began on 26 January 1962 and the cornerstone was laid on 19 October 1962 by the then Prime Minister Dr HF Verwoerd and the mayor of Pretoria, Councillor E. Smith. The building of concrete and glass was completed over 18 months at a cost of R400,000. The design in the modern International Style design and technical innovations feasible at that time were used. The museum was officially inaugurated on 20 May 1964 by the new mayor of Pretoria, Dr PJ van der Walt.

Operation hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Venning Park

4) Venning Park (must see)

Venning Park is a formal park with a rose garden, a tea garden, and many areas with colorful flowers that blossom all year round. It occupies an area of over seven acres, and is considered to be one of the most beautiful parks in Pretoria. The park is also famous for a variety of water features.
Edoardo Villa Museum

5) Edoardo Villa Museum

This museum, located on the campus of the University of Pretoria, houses 143 works of South Africa's most famous sculptor, Edoardo Villa. Villa, born in Italy, was first brought to South Africa as a prisoner of war, during World War II; after the war, he chose to remain in the country. Villa donated many of his works to the university, which opened the museum in 1995 to commemorate his 80th birthday.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 10 am - 4 pm

Walking Tours in Pretoria, South Africa

Create Your Own Walk in Pretoria

Create Your Own Walk in Pretoria

Creating your own self-guided walk in Pretoria is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Pretoria Museums Walking Tour

Pretoria Museums Walking Tour

As one of South Africa's capital cities, Pretoria has many museums that will lead you through the history of the country and teach you about its cultural and natural treasures. Don't miss a chance to visit some of the museums for which the city Pretoria is famous.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 Km or 2.9 Miles
Pretoria Introduction Walking Tour

Pretoria Introduction Walking Tour

Pretoria, one of South Africa's three capitals (the other two being: Cape Town – legislative, and Bloemfontein – judicial), is commonly regarded as “Jacaranda City” for the abundance of jacaranda trees. The history of Pretoria is rich in events closely associated with the history of the South African Republic, some of which are reflected in a number of local attractions, such as the...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 Km or 3.6 Miles
Pretoria Landmarks Walking Tour

Pretoria Landmarks Walking Tour

Pretoria is called South Africa in miniature. The variety of its landmarks represent the variety of the whole country. The following attractions are the most representative in this marvelous city. Take this tour to view the parks, monuments, government buildings, and other landmarks of Pretoria.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.4 Km or 4.6 Miles