The Old Court House is close to The Riverside Hotel Durban

The Old Court House Museum is the oldest public building in the central business district, and has a rich and chequered past.

The building was loop-holed during the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879, it bore witness to both the South African Wars and the Bambatha Rebellion, and more recently acted as a recuitment centre and canteen during both World Wars.

It was here that African men were given sanction to enter the city or were denied access, and had to pay the mandatory Poll Tax. Here too, at the beginning of his legendary vocation as an activist, Gandhi was asked by the judge to leave the court for wearing a turban.

The museum features a number of collectables in the foyer, including an extensive miniature car collection.The Daphne Strutt Costume Room features fashion from throughout the 20th century, interesting accessories such as cigarette cases, bags, shoes, jewellery and hats  enhance the display.   A number of rare Art Deco and Nouveau pieces make this exhibition a must for aficionados.

The ‘Movers and  Shakers’ exhibition features minature figurines relating to KwaZulu Natal’s  history.  A touch screen computer display introduces visitors to a broad overview of the province’s history through the lives of these personalities.

The Durban Room features the city’s progression in lifestyle, wealth and means of  production, from the colonial era to the post-colonial era.

The Durban Room features four unique exhibits:

  • The David SB Anderson Pharmacy
  • Henry Francis Flynn’s Cottage
  • The Clairmont Sugar Mill, showing developments in the production of Natal’s most lucrative resource; and
  • The Miss Fann Fancy Repository with a display of the fine imported fabrics, haberdashery and luxuries available in Durban at the end of the 19th century.

The Local History Museum enquiries section is also situated at the Old Court House Museum and a vast range of research material is accessible both for the interested visitor and professional researchers.

The Riverside Hotel Complex

The Riverside Hotel in Durban 4 star AccommodationThe Riverside Hotel is a full service hotel in Durban North that provides accommodation for families with family rooms as well as for the individual on a business trip.Facilities available at the hotel include, a 24 hour reception, currency exchange, Conference facilities at The Riverside Business Conference Centre, room service, laundry, mini gym, baby-sitting facilities, shuttle quest, tour’s and much, much more.Restaurants available at the hotel include The Riverside Grill and The Hops Sports Bar where there are daily activities and specials.Riverside CafeThe Riverside Grill is a restaurant situated inside The Riverside Hotel.This tropical-like restaurant and bar has something to offer everyone and makes for a terrific escape from the normal city life.The Riverside Grill has a daily Happy Hour and a Sunday plated roast buffet.The Hops Sports Bar at Riverside HotelHops Riverside is the premier venue of choice in Durban. Situated adjacent to the Riverside Hotel.The venue caters for most sporting events on the big screen.The emphasis on the entertainment is to create and sustain a wide variety of events ranging from local bands to comedians dancing classes in Salsa and quiz evenings.Have a make over with Martin Pearman Hair - Creative Salon.Is a progressive hair design and care solutions studio.That provides cutting edge with latest trends and product technologies.We use our knowledge to create the unique style that is right for the unique individual you are.The Riverside Hotel Durban Pool areaThere is no shortage of things to do during your stay at The Riverside Hotel. You can take a stroll along the golden mile visit uShaka Marine World, the enormous Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Umgeni Bird Park, play a round at the Windsor Golf Course, or catch a game at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. Whatever you’re into, you’ll find it situated within a few minutes travel from The Riverside Hotel. See a full list of activities and attractions close to the hotel.Discover how amazing your stay can be by visiting The Riverside Hotel, we are only 5 minutes away from Durban CBD, 15 Minutes away from Umhlanga central business district and 28 Minutes away from King Shaka International Airport.