Fort Frederick
Fort Frederick
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TrevlynRanger
Port Elizabeth, South Africa11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Couples
The first permitant building in PE, not alot to see as the origanal block house is not standing anymore. But has amazing views! But it is not safe so dont go along the more people the better.
Written April 4, 2014
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Ricardo M
Maputo, Mozambique81 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Family
We were in town and decided to visit the Fort since it's a piece of South Africa history.
But has we arrived we saw a desert fort, with no dynamic. Fortunately there were
2 tourist ambassadors that gave us some highlights on the fort structure and what was it all about.
It seemed desert and lonely, it really needs someone and something to revamp him and bring him to life!
Written April 20, 2017
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Amanda M
Port Elizabeth, South Africa284 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
Although the grounds of this fort were free of litter, we were horrified to see that the amount of litter and broken glass in the central prison structure at the fort. The fort dates back to 1799 and was built to prevent French troops from invading. The fort was named after Frederick, Duke of York. The fort overlooks the bay and the Baakens valley but one must just be careful as the walls are not high enough to prevent little explorers from tumbling down the ravine.
Written July 15, 2016
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Jason S
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
What use to be a great tourist attraction is now unprotected camping site for vagrants. It is dirty littered and has lost it's appeal as a place to visit while in PE. The city does to look after this piece of history any longer. Such a shame.
Written December 19, 2014
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LAB1974
Gauteng, South Africa14 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014
The place was full of litter and a hobo chased my children away from from one of the buildings which he said was(his home) did not feel safe
Written April 22, 2014
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands5,371 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
The fort on a strategic hill looks like a simple military structure. It was built in 1799 during a time Napoleon conquered much of continental Europe including Holland. It served to deter the French from establishing a foothold in the Cape colony. Initially the British and the Dutch collaborated in countering the French threat. However, eventually Britain took over power in the Dutch colony. The fort was instrumental in achieving this (longer term) goal.

In contrast to other parts of town, the fort grounds are well-maintained and there are security guards on duty. The view over the harbour is an attraction as well.

Free entry.
Written December 12, 2021
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msgoliveira
Maputo, Mozambique383 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Family
Fort Frederick is one must see point on travel guides when you visit Port Elizabeth, but when you get there you don't have any information about place.
You can enjoy views for the city, are beautiful, but why does it exist isn't there.
There is a lack of information on monument and there are no one either to explain to you its history.
Written April 22, 2017
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Jill d
Port Elizabeth, South Africa2,434 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
The last time I visited the fort, I was intimidated by the huge number of homeless who had "colonized" the area. What a wonderful surprise to find that new security is in place, and a huge clean-up has occurred, making it, once again, a visitor-friendly place. It is easy to find - just carry on along Belmont Terrace and its the very last structure before the sheer drop down to the Baakens Valley - excellent position to build a fort!
Although some of the fort's original structures no longer exist, it is well worth a visit as the views over the harbour and the surrounding environs, is superb!
Written July 13, 2016
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Shaun A
Port Elizabeth, South Africa243 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
My daughters History class has recently shared about the fort and the history of P.E. We were curious as a family to go look and see what it looks like. Absolutely loved the history and walking through the Fort but on arrival we didn't feel safe at all. The area needs to be cleaned up and you will see alot more support for this wonderful site!
Written July 8, 2015
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Gillian T
Birmingham, UK28 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Family
We went as part of a city tour and stopped for around 15 mins. This was enough to see the fort and take some photos. Free to enter and our guide gave some history to the place which added another dimension. (Caladash Tours).

Wouldn't make a special trip unless incorporating into additional sites within the city
Written April 25, 2014
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