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Top attractions in Braamfontein, Johannesburg   by Mairead Foley

Braamfontein is a central suburb of Johannesburg in the Gauteng Province of South Africa. Attractions here include The Cultural Arc and The Nelson Mandela Bridge, a 284 meter cable-stayed bridge linking Braamfontein to the city's business district and Newtown's cultural centre.

Braamfontein is situated north of the city of Johannesburg and top attractions in the area include The Cultural Arc, which includes Newtown, Wits University, Constitution Hill and the Civic Centre, and The Nelson Mandela Bridge which connects Braamfontein to the city.

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The cultural district Newtown is a new tourism development area aimed at inner city rejuvenation. It's a vibrant and cultural place with much to offer.

In Newtown Precinct you'll find the Market Theatre. It has no less than four outstanding live theatres to choose from offering the very best productions South Africa has to offer. 'Sarafina' which became a huge Broadway success first started at The Market Theatre. At the Market Theatre you can also avail of a bookshop, galleries and the many restaurants. This was once a market, hence the name, and today still retains the spirit and ambience of a market. The Market Theatre is open from Monday to Saturday from 9am to late and on Sundays from 10am to late! Great entertainment is assured here.

A trip to The Newtown Music Centre where many famous musical artists perform regularly is also a must. This has long become a popular music venue for many concerts, music recordings, music launches and performances. The Newtown Music Centre has a capacity of 1,000 and is open from Monday to Thursday, from 9am to 5pm, and on Friday from 9am to 4pm.

Why not treat yourself to a spot of retail therapy and choose from the hundreds of shops available at The Oriental Plaza? Here you can purchase some precious fabrics, glittering jewellery and choose from a huge selection of designer brands, souvenirs and much more.

Wits University...

The University of Witwatersrand or as it is better know, Wits University was founded in 1896. There are 5 faculties offering degrees at the university: Arts, Science, Engineering, Law and Commerce. Medicine was another faculty of the university but due to an increase in students and lack of room it was moved to Esselen Street. Why not take a tour of the University, learn about the history of this wonderful building and what it has become today.

Constitution Hill...

Constitution Hill was originally a fort and was later used as a prison. It was here that many people were punished before the democracy in 1994 and many including Gandhi and Mandela were detained here. Constitution Hill is today home of the Constitutional Court which protects the basic rights and freedom of South Africans. Here you can take a tour and learn all about South Africa's journey from imprisonment to democratic freedom at Constitution Hill. Advanced booking is advisable.

Civic Centre...

The Civic Centre is the central shopping and central business district of Johannesburg. With a large selection of public buildings, architecture, parks and public structures, there is much to see and do here.

The Nelson Mandela Bridge...

The Nelson Mandela Bridge is South Africa's largest cable-stayed bridge measuring 284 meters in length and crosses over 42 operational railways used by the South African Railways. It links Braamfontein to Johannesburg's Central Business District and Newtown's Cultural Centre. It was officially opened on the 20th July 2003 and was fittingly named after Nelson Mandela who led his people to freedom. Why not experience a drive over this amazing bridge that is one of South Africa's major landmarks?


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Auckland Park lies on a gentle slope, the homes here are gentrified and the neighbourhood has a vibrant hum. The suburb known as Auckland Park is one of few this close to the centre of Johannesburg to survive the exodus of Jo’burgers to the northern suburbs and it’s no surprise given the wealth of beautiful architecture here.  Auckland Park housed some of the city’s first residents and ambling along Chislehurst Avenue to admire some of the homes in the suburb may not be one of the tourist attractions advertised in local travel guides, but well worth the detour. Auckland Park at the turn of the century was literally ‘in the country’ relative to the city. 
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Victorian gentry, who had made South Africa their home, would have had weekend homes here. They also had a boating lake, where the Country Club is today, and a horse racing track, where the University of Johannesburg (formerly RAU) is.

The suburb was laid out by a New Zealander called John Landau, who, because he saw obvious similarities between this and his native home, called it Auckland Park. Street names are all places along the Thames - Richmond, Twickenham, Ditton, Kingston etc. Today Auckland Park is a true mix of nationalities and cultures and its inhabitants enjoy a vibrant lifestyle. The suburb is also well known as the home of the SABC - the monolith sits on Henley and Artillery Road, and many employees live around here.

Bohemian and terribly trendy Melville is just around the corner from Auckland Park and a superb way to spend your evenings, if not your lunch time activities. This wonderful village within the city of Johannesburg has a real buzz, and restaurants, eccentric boutiques and sidewalks filled with tables is the norm.

Plumpudding Guesthouse & Conference Venue Plumpudding Guesthouse & Conference Venue, Bed & Breakfast, AUCKLAND PARK
Plumpudding Guesthouse and Conference Venue is the ideal home away from home for the business professional and visiting lecturer. For The international traveler, it is the perfect hub from which to explore the rest of South Africa after having experienced the Magic and Vibe of Johannesburg, the City of Gold.  The location of Plumpudding B&B provides easy access not only to a variety of sporting and entertainment facilities, but also to shopping centres, hospitals, corporate office parks, arterials, motorways, and the Johannesburg CBD.  Plumpudding is set in a central location and within 10 Minutes from Sandton City, SABC, Media24, Wits University, Gold Reef City, JHB CBD, Melville and only 50 meters from The University of Johannesburg (RAU).
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