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“Provost”

Albany Museum-Provost Prison
Ranked #8 of 23 things to do in Grahamstown
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Reviewed 13 July 2017

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

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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.

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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 was to use this space as a cafe and what an interesting space it turns out to be. Built in 1838, it was designed by Jeremy Bentham - the plan is called a "panopticon" as from the central hub, it is possible for a warder to see all of the cells as they are constructed round a circle. Yet again, there is no info details on site, so once again it is up to the individual to google the history.

Thank Jilldutoit
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Reviewed 15 June 2015

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

Thank BernHub
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Reviewed 11 October 2012

The prison was designed in 1835 by the Royal Engineers. The cells are arranged in a semicircle and has a guard-house overlooking the cells. It is part of the Albany Museum Complex but is only open by appointment. We did not make an appointment and had to settle for pictures of the outside. The building was declared a National Monument on 9 September 1937.

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