Situated on the eastern part of Grahamstown, Fort England features homes for sale that are a perfect location to settle down. Originally the site of the Eastern Barracks in 1815, today Fort England is a popular suburb of Grahamstown. Homes for sale in Fort England have a rich heritage boosted by prominent former South African residents, such as Dr John Atherstone and the famous author Andre P. Brink. The Cock House, a local guest house has a distinctive claim to fame, having hosted Nelson Mandela twice, and a 200-year history. Part of what is affectionately known as “Frontier Country”, Grahamstown has many monuments that mark a time when South Africa was a brand-new country.

Homes for sale In Fort England retain a vintage aesthetic with a tasteful blend of modern refurbishments. Many government officials choose to call Fort England home and the neighbourhood takes pride in keeping the community friendly and inviting. The Fort England Psychiatric Hospital was the first of its kind in South Africa, ensuring the suburb holds great significance to the nation’s legacy. Homes for sale in Fort England will continue to remain investments that will grow consistently as the region’s heritage has. Many of the homes were built in the 1970’s with the exception of a few older homes.  The asking price for houses in this area are predominantly lower and are well suited for first-time home owners, offering very good value for money.

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Fort England Area

Explore Fort England



Many nature reserves can be found in the region, with Kichaka Game Reserve, Shawari Game Reserve, Kwandwe Game Reserve, Pumba Game Reserve and the Addo Elephant National Park inviting visitors to get up close and personal with South Africa’s Big 5.



Old forts, churches, monuments and prisons dating back two centuries can be discovered around every corner, insuring that curiosity and interest is rewarded with rich satisfaction.



Mediterranean cuisine, Italian dining, coffee shops, steakhouses and Asian fusion are just a few of the options presented and are all conveniently located in and around the town’s centre.



Annually many culture and arts festivals are held throughout the town, the most significant of which is the National Arts Festival which takes place over 10 days and attracts international visitors. Many institutions, including the Amazwi South African Museum of Literature (formerly known as the National English Literary Museum) and International Library of African Music, ensure that the region retains its cultural importance.

Living in Fort England

Areas near to Fort England

Cradock Heights, Grahamstown Central, Hill 60, Kingswood Grahamstown, Oatlands, Oatlands North, Somerset Heights, Sunnyside, West Hill,


Founded in 1904, Rhodes University is a nationally prestigious institution with over 30 academic departments. Kingswood College, St. Andrew’s College and Diocesan School for Girls provide private education steeping in rich tradition. There are close to a dozen public school options throughout Grahamstown.


Major supermarkets and small specialty stores alike can be found in both The Market Square Shopping Centre and Pepper Grove Mall. Many galleries and craft shops are spread throughout the town, catering to any enthusiastic shopper’s needs.


A full spectrum of treatments and services in public and private offerings are accessible, with the refurbished Settlers Hospital catering to private medical care. The Fort England Psychiatric Hospital is a government subsidised facility with comprehensive facilities.


Port Elizabeth International Airport is the nearest airport to the region at a distance of 134 kilometres. A national road can be accessed easily from Grahamstown’s centre allowing access to the country’s major road infrastructure. Grahamstown is situated half way between East London and Port Elizabeth with the coastal towns of Kenton-on-Sea and Port Alfred only 60km’s away.

Events in Grahamstown

Friday 20 & Saturday 21 September 2019
St. Andrew’s College Highland Festival
There will be plenty of entertainment for the entire family at this year's St Andrew's College Highland Festival

Saturday 21 September 2019
Heritage Day Carnival
Venue:  Amazwi SA Museum of Literature (NELM), 25a Worcester Street.  Performances, food, art and crafts, face painting, poetry, dance, music and story telling.  More info from 046 622 7042

Tuesday 24 September 2019
Sunnyside Street Festival
From 12h00 to 17h00 at Artificer’s Square.

Saturday 28 September 2019
St. Andrew’s Prep Mini Olympics
A fun family day for children up to the age of 6 years at Prep Gardens.  Bring a picnic.

Saturday 2 November 20199
St. George’s Fair
The Cathedral of St Michael and St George’s annual St George’s Fair from 09h00 at the St George’s Hall.


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