Climbing To The Top Of The Campanile – Dhillondeeds

Here at Dhillondeeds we just live for adventure and what better way to spend quality time together as a family than exploring our little home town. We recently climbed to the top of The Campanile and experienced a real trip down memory lane.


Listening attentively to our tour guide.

The Campanile was built to commemorate the landing of the 1820 settlers who first landed in Port Elizabeth (PE) and is now one of the most notable features of the City. It is  in essence a clock tower, approximately 50m in height and has a spiral climb  of 204 steps but if you don’t want to do the climb or are unable too don’t fret as the new restoration has a newly installed lift for easy access which both takes one to varies landings which showcases varies art work, the old bells, the new system, ghost bells and the observation room that has a magnificent 360 degree view of Port Elizabeth – just absolutely wow. You’re even able to “step out” of the tower with the newly added extension and climb up to see the actual bells. The Campanile also contains the largest carillon of bells in the country – pretty impressive for tiny little PE. In the observation room there’s also a wall of writing they’ve conserved that has signatures dating back to 1922 when the landmark was first built. It is definitely a step into history.



Strand St, Port Elizabeth Central, Port Elizabeth, 6001 (easily found on google maps – just type in The Campanile)

Opening Times

Monday and Friday from 9am to 4pm

Saturdays from 9am to 3pm.

(correct at time of publishing)

Contact Details

Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism

Telephone : +27 (0) 41 582 2575





This attractive is really worth it, it was clean, well maintained, relatively safe as a group (we didn’t encounter any trouble) and definitely child friendly.

I’d like the thank Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism for giving us the opportunity to experience this attraction. While this was a collaboration post, some expenses were covered by us. All pictures and opinions are my own.


Have you been to The Campanile? What was your experience like? I’d love to hear from you.


Keep smiling,



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